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Top 15 Summer Nail Art Ideas For 2021

Updated: Apr 28, 2021

We might not be able to go on vacations at the moment, but we can at least pretend right? Right? Okay, well maybe that's just me. Why not paint your nails and sip on some drinks and imagine we are at the beach? These nail art designs will transport you right to the seashore. So put on your floaties and dive in!

1. Pineapple Nails

Summers are synonymous with tropical vacations and sipping on cocktails inside pineapples! #Pineapples are one of the cutest fruits to look at and draw. You can draw them freehand or get decals easily available online. Anyone else craving a pina colada now?

2. Tie & Dye It

Guess what 90s trend has made a major comeback this summer? Tie & Dye! People are tying and dyeing everything they can get their hands on, so why not your nails? You can do these the hard way by using the #watermarble technique, but it's the hardest nail art technique out there and for the life of me, I can't do it. You can instead use the handy pictorial and get a swirly #tie & #dye effect instead.

3. Flamingoes

Pool parties and summer go hand in hand, and what's always present at pool parties? #Flamingoes! You can draw them freehand using the handy guide, or use decals which are easily available online.

4. Watermelon

Watermelons are the ultimate summer fruit. Fresh and refreshing and hella cute! You'll see #watermelon all over the internet and real life, so why not on your nails? Here you have four iterations of how you can achieve #cute watermelon nails.

5. Monstera Nails

Any resort you go to for vacation will have a #boho chic vibe accentuated by big monstera plants, aka swiss cheese plants, aptly called. The leaves remind me of luxurious resorts in tropical countries and are very chic. You can paint them freehand or use decals to get that bohemian look.

6. Poppy Nails

#Floral nails might be associated with spring, but poppy flowers scream beginning of summer. The image of the tiny red and yellow flowers indicate the augment of sunny days. You can go with red flowers for an opulent look or go with the yellow ones for a more fun look.

7. Lemons Lemons Lemons

I'd write something about life giving you lemons, but I won't. That joke has gone sour 🤭. Summers mean, endless glasses of cool lemonade to beat the heat. So here are nails sporting a ton of lemons life gave them and totally rocking them.

8. Tropical Nails

Get right in the mood for a #tropical vacation with these leafy nails. Paint them freehand or get nail stickers which have the prints ready for you to use.

9. Ice-Cream Nails

Ice-cream! The only respite from the beating heat, as if we need an excuse. You can have cute ice-cream nails irrespective of your age! Go full out with the cone and sprinkles, or have neutral #drips alluding to melting ice-cream. Don't knock it until you've tried it.

10. Beach Nails

Next we have beach nails, literally. You can use fun elements like flip-flops and bikinis to allude to #beach activities or go for a recreation of the shore. You can use decals and charms to achieve this. I particularly like the last one which is an #abstract interpretation of the same which will look elegant in all settings.

11. Citrus Nails

Unlike the lemon nails mentioned above, this design utilizes the images of slices of various citrus fruits to give a punchy pop of colour to any nail design. You can use decals or hand paint the slices using the handy pictorial.

12. Neon Nails

Neon nails are tough to pull of in general. But there is something about a beautiful summer tan and #neon nails at the beach which looks absolutely stunning. Paint all your nails with bright neon colours, or use tiny pops of them in the design. Here is a little #hack, to make the neon colour truly pop, apply a white base before you put on the colour.

13. Ombre Nails

Ombre was a big trend a couple years ago with ombre hair and ombre dresses everywhere. The trend slowly died out as it normally does, but stayed in the nail art world. Ombre isn't just a fleeting phase but a permanent fixture for nails. You will find a ton of variations. Here we are referencing the #ombre nails in hues of #pink and peaches to give a sunset look for that sunset at the beach vibes.

14. Palm Trees

Whenever you think of a beach haven, images of coasts covered with palm trees come to mind. This design pays ode to that by simply having the silhouette of the #trees against different backgrounds. You can paint them using the handy pictorial.

15. Colourful French Tips

Skip the plain old basic #french tips, and opt for colourful french tips for you next vacation. These nails will make that quintessential white beach look pop. You can also add #gradients and designs for a fun look.

There you have it. 15 summer nail art inspirations that you can try out on your next vacation, whenever that is (hopefully soon 🤞). You can mix and match the designs, as shown in many of the pictures, to come up with your own unique look. Check out the blog for more nail art inspiration and tips and hacks. Have fun painting your nails!

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