This Nail Trend Is the Happiest Thing You'll See This Season

Maxine Eggenberger
·4-min read

There's something about wearing bright colours—be it by way of your clothing or your beauty routine—that just puts you in a good mood. And right now, we can't think of a better time to lift our style with vivid hues and playful motifs.

Handily, you needn't invest in a whole new wardrobe to give your mood a joyful boost—in fact, one of the easiest and most-effective ways of elevating your style and making you feel happy is with a fun manicure. And recently, we've noticed that everyone seems to be opting for rainbow nails.

Perhaps it's the fact that many salons reopened last week but, over the last few days, we've lost count of how many rainbow-inspired nail looks we've seen. Some of the industry's top nail technicians confirmed that many of their clients are already choosing bright and punchy nail art designs, so it makes sense that rainbow nails are very much in-demand.

From painting each nail a different shade to ornate designs, there's a multitude of ways to wear rainbow nails. Scroll below to see a selection of our favourites.

Devin's glittery, rainbow-hued take on a French manicure is enough to make us swoon.

This Olive and June-created manicure with square nails is perfection (as is that ring!).

Lotte demonstrates the perfect rainbow manicure for beginners to try.

Who said rainbow nails needed to be bright and vivid? Zeena's pastel nails pack just as much of a happy punch.

We can't think of a better backdrop for a rainbow manicure than a buttery Chanel bag.

Don't let the traditional shape of a rainbow limit your creativity; take the colours and work them up in joyful patterns to create your own take.

Set against a pale pink backdrop, this rainbow strip may be discreet, but it still makes an impact.

You needn't stick to the colours in the nursery rhyme—select your favourite hues to create a rainbow manicure all your own.

Celeste creates some of the most iconic nail art on the 'gram. We love this cartoonish take on a rainbow set of nails.

Betina never fails to put her own spin on a nail art trend. Case in point? This candy-stripe mani.

Hannah's gorgeous rainbow manicure features rich, sunbleached-looking tones.

The team at Buff give this rainbow-hued manicure a cool twist with a tie-dye finish.

Barely a day goes by when Nnenna isn't sporting a rainbow manicure.

The contrasting hues of these daises also make for a pretty take on rainbow nails.

Emmanuelle gives her nails her own edgy take by filing her talons into a coffin shape.

The little floral motifs are the perfect addition to this rainbow mani.

A the addition of a swirl makes this fun nail art trend even more playful.

Ombré is one of our favourite nail art techniques—particularly when its rainbow-hued.

Sophie's rainbow nails match her bright wardrobe perfectly.

Shakey hands may not wish to attempt this at home, but there's no denying it looks amazing.

Ellie lifts her tonal ensemble with a rainbow-tipped manicure.

Hannah creates a cool, marbled rainbow effect by swirling two different shades of the same colour together.

Why not upgrade your usual French tips with a rainbow motif?

Liv's rainbow nails instantly brighten up her classic jeans and cream blouse ensemble.

Combine to nail trends in one with an ombré-effect rainbow going across your talons.

This Edinburgh-based nail salon showcases a rainbow manicure unlike any other—via different colours of roses. Gorgeous.

One of the easiest ways to trial the rainbow nail trend is to paint a single line of colour down each nail.

Powdery finishes always look chic.

The Hang Edit expertly outlines her nails with gorgeous rainbow accents.

Aude-Julie enhances her rainbow manicure with bright eye shadow.

A simple look to re-create, take the brightest colours in your nail art collection and wear one on each nail to achieve Michelle's look.

From the ombré rainbow tips to the cute doodles, we love this playful nail art interpretation.

Elif creates a pretty rainbow daisy chain with her floral mani.


Nails.Inc Gel Effect Polish in West End (£14)

H&M Nail Polish in Lemon Parfait (£4)

Nailberry Nail Polish in Kindness (£15)

Mavala Green Apple Nail Polish (£6)

Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer in Sunglow (£23)

& Other Stories Cosmic Lavande Nail Polish (£8)

Essie Salt Water Happy Nail Polish (£8)

This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated.

Opening Image: @nnennaechem

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