Summer Nails




35 Bright Summer Nail Designs

By Shelley Christy
Nail designs are a way to show off our character and to be original.  When you see someone with exciting nails, your eyes are instantly drawn to them.  Let’s face it, we all want sexy summer nails this season but some of us aren’t that great at nail design.  Nail designs can look amazing but daunting to do yourself.  Don’t panic, we at Stay Glam have come up with 35 bright summer nail designs for everyone.  We have simple, bold, glittery, striking and stunning nails for you to try.  When you see these gorgeous nail designs, you’ll not look back and maybe you’ll be having these styles all year round and not just for summer.  You can always add darker colours to your design.  Have fun looking at our summer nails and we hope you try a few styles out!

1. PERFECT SUMMER NAILS

The more colours the better.  That’s what summer is all about.

Bright Summer Nail Design 2016

Instagram / badgirlnails

With these perfect summer colour nails, you will show off your summer side and your fun side.  The black colour is not so harsh with bright colours.  This is a way to tone down the dark colours in your nail box.  Go for bright colours for the thumb and first finger then mix it up with a touch of sparkle and nail art.  This gorgeous sunset nail art design stands out and relates to summer.

2. CUTE WATERMELON DESIGN

For the past few years, fruit has been a popular choice for nails and fashion.

Short Watermelon Nail Design for Summer

Instagram / lettslooks

This cute watermelon design will melt your heart.  OK, it’s not a definite watermelon but gives the illusion of a watermelon.  It’s easy and anyone can do this.  Pastel pink, mint green and white shade work so well together.  Finish the look by adding the watermelon look to your accent nail.  Don’t forget to wait for the nail polish to dry until you start with another colour.  The black 3 dots is needed for the watermelon so don’t forget this!

3. GLITTER & FLOWERS DESIGN

Glitter and floral nails are a match made in heaven.

Bright Flower Nail Design for Summer

Instagram / xxlovelauren

Both glitter and floral prints are very feminine and girly so why not combine the two for extra wow effect.  Add a few pale colours to complement the detailed nails.  Mint green and pale pink work well together.

4. NEON ORANGE OMBRE NAILS

You have to have a neon orange nail polish in your nail collection.

Summer Neon Orange Ombre Nails

Instagram / housewifenails

If you have orange ombre nails, I can guarantee your friends will comment on how great they look.  It may become your nail polish style go-to of the season!  For the extra shine on your nail tips, add a glossy super shine topcoat.

5. COLORFUL STRIPES

Stripes are always fun.

Colorful Striped Nail Design for Summer

Instagram / nailistayco

If you’re feeling the summer vibe, go for this style.  Grab a few bright colours from you nail box and decorate the two middle fingernails.  As you can see from the photo, you don’t have to follow a sequence, just go with what you feel.  Take two colours from your chosen selection and paint the other nails without the stripe effect.

6. RAINBOW NAILS

If you’re looking to stand out, go with the rainbow nails.

Rainbow Ombre Nail Design for Summer

Instagram / xxlovelauren

This is unusual and people will wonder how you actually painted your nails like this!  Very summery and would look fabulous with any outfit.

7. PINEAPPLE NAILS

We all know that food is fashionable… why not add it to your nails too!

Pink and Yellow Pineapple Nails for Summer

Instagram / superflynails

Pineapples are everywhere now and they are so easy to draw.  Have fun with your nails by adding some glitter to your pineapple.  It’s fun and vibrant.

8. PINK & GOLD NAILS

Pastel colours are lovely for summer.

Pink and Gold Summer Nails

This pastel pink colour looks stunning and girly when teamed with glitter.  This would look ideal for any event.

9. PRETTY BLUE & WHITE DESIGN

Bring your artsy side to your nails with this gorgeous blue and white design.



Blue and White Nail Design for Summer

Source: pinterest.com

It may look complicated but trust me, all you need to is nail tape and you’ll be a professional before you know it.  Chose a white and blue shade and get painting.  Add the sections as you wish and remember, there are no rules when it comes to nail design!

10. PERFECT HOLIDAY NAILS

Are you going on holiday soon?

Holiday Nail Design for Summer

Instagram / mkmk1209

Even if you’re not going anywhere and are feeling a little down, paint your nails like this and it will get you in the summer mood.  These are bright, lively and perfect for this time of year.

11. SUMMER FRENCH TIP NAILS

Do you want to spruce up your French polish?

Colorful French Tip Nail Design with a Twist

Instagram / melimelr

Instead of going for the classic white tips with a natural pink base, go for a rose gold or gold tip with vibrant colours for the base.  Choose five different bright colours and you’ll look amazing.

12. NEON FLOWERS

Neon colours are necessary every summer.

Neon Flower Nail Design for Summer

Instagram / naildecor

Why not think outside the box and go for neon flowers instead of the standard neon solid nails.  This is a quirky style which will add the summer vibe to any outfit.

13. SPARKLY ANCHOR DESIGN

There are so many different nail art designs to choose and love.

Anchor Nail Design for Summer

Instagram / housewifenails

We love this anchor style.  Add a glittery anchor on top of a summer colour base.  This looks great and adds a bit of sparkle to your nails.

14. FRUIT NAIL DESIGN

Get your five a day with all different fruits on your nails.

Cute Fruit Nail Design for Summer

Instagram / nailistayco

Look how gorgeous and unique these fruits look on your nails.  Stick to a glossy base to show off the design.  It will remind you to eat your fruit every day, which is never a bad thing!

15. TRIBAL NAILS

Tribal patterns are trending on the catwalk and on the High Street.

Summer Tribal Nail Design for Summer

Instagram / superflynails

Add a tribal style to your nails, which brightens up any outfit.

16. MATTE DESIGN FOR LONG NAILS

Matte nails are becoming more popular than glossy nails.

Matte Summer Nail Design for Long Nails

Instagram / chaunpnails

This summer, show off your sexy matte nails which look magnificent on longer nails.  To create this look, go for a natural looking base with a bright colour for the tips, then paint over with your matte finish.

17. PURPLE WATERMELONS ANYONE?

We are loving this bright and fun style.

Purple Watermelon Nail Design for Summer

Instagram / mvargas_nails

Watermelons are yummy and perfect for nail art.  Paint a few watermelons on your fingernails but use a subtle pastel purple, which looks amazing.  Add a few rhinestones for the extra bling.

18. TURQUOISE & GOLD MATTE DESIGN

If you’re thinking that glitter and matte don’t work well together, then just look at this photo to prove you wrong.

Teal Gold Matte Nail Design for Summer

Instagram / melimelr

This look has it all – a summer vibe, glittery and the new trend, which is the matte effect.  This is all styles wrapped up in one.

19. MULTI-COLOURED NAIL DESIGN

The multi-mani, also known as the multi-coloured manicure, has been popular for a few years and this is why.

Simple Colorful Nail Design for Summer

Instagram / xxlovelauren

Choosing five, bright summer, energetic colours, looks perfect.  Finish the look with a glossy topcoat. This is simple to achieve and effective.

20. NUDE, BLUE & GOLD NAILS

These nails look incredible.

Pink gold and Blue Nail Design for Beach

Instagram / youngwildandpolished

If you’re a girly girl and want to show off your nude, blue and gold colours, try this style.  Add a few polka dots in the mix to show your character.

21. NEON ORANGE DESIGN – PERFECT FOR BEACH!

Orange is a great summer colour.

Matte Neon Orange Nail Design for Beach

Instagram / melcisme

Orange tends to be on-trend every summer so if you don’t have a neon orange nail polish in your nail collection, you need to go out and get one.  Orange is one of the most summery colours out there.  When choosing an orange shade, go for a neon nail varnish, this will look striking on the beach in your bikini.

22. PINK & ORANGE NAILS

Pink and orange work so well together.

Pink and Orange Summer Nail Design

Instagram / superflynails

Many celebrities are opting for pink and orange outfits so you can opt for orange and pink nails.  Be creative and add either the orange to your cuticle area and the other colour to the tips of your nails.  Mix it up by alternating the colours as you go along.

23. BRIGHT POLKA DOT NAILS

Polka dots are always stylish.

Summer Polka Dot Nails

Instagram / melimelr

If you like to add a bold and striking design to your nails, then polka dots are for you.  They are bright and go with any outfit, even polka dot tops or bikini!

24. PINK, WHITE & GOLD DOTS

If you’re not feeling the bold and full-on polka dots, have polka dots on the nail tips only.

Colorful Summer Dots Nails

Instagram / badgirlnails

This is so simple with the natural base but the polka dot tips set it off.  Decorate your nails like this and see how many people check them out!

25. EASY WATERMELON DESIGN

We aren’t all experts when it comes to art design but this is so easy.

Green and Gold Watermelon Nails

Instagram / xxlovelauren

This watermelon design is perfect for those who want nail art but haven’t got the time to do an intricate style.  Try this and see how many people complement you!

26. SIMPLE BUT EYE-CATCHING DESIGN

Noticing someone’s nails for their bright and gorgeous style, is always amazing.

Bright and Colorful Nail Design for Beach

Instagram / nailistayco

People will be looking at you and thinking how beautiful your nails look. This is simple and easy to create but is eye-catching.  Add a few flowers to one nail.  These are summery and feminine but keep to pastel colours.  You can add the glitz with one glittery nail.

27. BRIGHT DESIGN FOR SHORT NAILS

Don’t worry if you have short nails, this design looks great on all lengths.

Neon Coral Nail Design for Short Nails

Instagram / lettslooks_

Bright colour and shimmery nails scream summer.  You can have this look by adding a rainbow ombre nail to stand out or maybe you just want the shimmer and glitter.  Whatever you decide, it will look fab!

28. CAN YOU TELL WE HAVE A THING FOR STRIPES?

Calling all the stripes lovers out there.  This one is for you.

Easy Striped Nail Design for Summer

Instagram / mkmk1209

We love stripes and by having this stripy style, you will show off your style and fun side.  Choose a few of your favourite colours and your nails will look divine!

29. PINK & DARK NUDE CHEVRON DESIGN

Pink has a place for summer nails every year.

Pink Chevron Nail Design for Summer

Instagram / freakin_phalanges

If you’re used to having a bright, fuchsia pink on your nails then why not team with a dark nude colour for a different vibe.  Pink and dark nude with a chevron design is prominent and send out the happy vibes.  Everyone will love your nails and it adds extra style to any outfit.

30. RAINBOW GRADIENT + GLITTER

Get yourself out there with this rainbow gradient and glitter style.

Rainbow Ombre Glitter Nail Design

Instagram / justagirlandhernails

Rainbows are so colourful and fun.  If rainbow ombre isn’t enough for you, add a topcoat of glitter to feed your glitter passion.  We all love a bit of glitter so add it to your rainbow colours.  When the sun catches the glitter, it will shine bright like a diamond.

31. BRIGHT NEON DESIGN

Neon designs are colourful and look stylish and energetic.

Neon Matte Nail Design for Summer

Instagram / xxlovelauren

We adore these different neon designs and you will too.  For the polka dots, take a neon base and add the dots with another neon colour.  The striped nail looks fantastic and really adds a special and unique look.  This is based on a white base with two neon colours.  In the photo, you can see that neon pink and green look superb together.  Try and mix and match different neon nail polishes so you get to know what suits you.

32. GOLD GLITTER NAILS WITH A POP OF COLOR

Add a splash of colour to your dazzling glittery nails.

Gold Glitter Nail Design for Summer and Short Nails

Instagram / lettslooks

Many people choose not to add glitter to their nails because it can be overwhelming and overpowering but if you add a colour or two then it softens the look.  If you add a white and a coral colour, you can see that the glitter is still bold but not as strong.  This is ideal for someone who wants a sprinkle of glitter, not full-on glitter nails.

33. PALE PINK AND SILVER GLITTER NAILS

Are you a silver coloured girl?

Pale Pink and Silver Glitter Nails

Instagram / my_little_mani

Gold may not work for you but we know that silver and pastel pink, do.  Having a pale pink base and adding silver polka dots or silver sprinkles looks amazing.  You can play around with these colours and anything will go.

34. EASY, BRIGHT DESIGN

Mint is a great summer colour and when you start to add neon colours into the mix, you’ll send out a summery and fun vibe to everyone.

Neon Vertical Stripes Nail Design

Instagram / xxlovelauren

Look at these sexy half coloured nails.  It may look hard to create but it’s not.  Start by having a mint base.  Leave this to fully dry so when you add the other colour, it won’t run or stick.  You can either use nail tape to create the straight line or if you have a steady hand, freely add the second colour.  It will instantly stand out and you’ll be surprised how much this will change your mood and add the wow factor to your outfit.  Who would have thought that this easy style is so effective.  The hardest part is choosing the colours!

35. GOLD & ORANGE MATTE NAILS

Gold and orange complement one another.

Orange Matte Nails for Summer

Instagram / superflynails

This is a very subtle way of adding that extra oomph to your nails.  Gold glitter along the cuticles with a solid bright orange colour base look amazing, right?  They will brighten up any outfit or even match your outfit!  Perfect summer design that will shine when the lights or sun hits the glitter.

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