5 nail trends and designs for summer 2021

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Photo credit: Justin Lambert
Photo credit: Justin Lambert

2020 was certainly the year of doing our own nails (with mixed results), but, now we've settled into the idea that salons are finally open, we're back entrusting our cuticles to a professional. Plus, with not a cloud in the sky and sun forecast for the foreseeable future, now is a brilliant chance for us to show off our freshly manicured summer nail designs.

The question is, what to have done?

In case you find yourself staring at endless rows of colour and are wondering what the top summer nail trends are for 2021, we asked Zoe Gibbs, founder of top mobile nail and beauty salon, Lip Brow Lash.

Here, she talks us through the summer nail designs, trends and colours we can expect to see everywhere this year.

Summer nail designs 2021

Pastels

Pastels are everywhere right now and brands like OPI offer a particularly varied and long-lasting range of gorgeous purple, pink, yellow and green pastel colours.

It's a straightforward trend that's easy to do yourself at home, too, so you can top up and head out with on-trend hands in minutes.

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Floral nail art

With festival season on the horizon, more and more people are asking for cute floral nail designs for summer.

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You can go really bold with this or go for a more dainty, muted design, whether it's hand-painted on by your nail technician or done at home via nail transfers.

Natural pink and nudes

It looks like we might actually get a wedding season this year, plus many of us enjoy donning white dresses come summer, and so it's unsurprising that soft nudes and natural pinks are back.

They're an easy trend to keep-up with because if they slightly chip it's less noticeable and they'll complement everything in your wardrobe.

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Polka dots

Cute and playful, polka dots are an ongoing favourite. They're super effective whether you paint them onto a neutral base or add them in contrasting colours to your nail base.

You can really play around with these and add dots in different colours and sizes, or mix and match with your nails to make them a real feature.

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French tip

Always a classic, the French tip seems to back in a big way — with people mixing it up by changing the tip colour, or adding delicate patterns over the top of original design.

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