100 Simple Summer Nail Designs and Ideas For 2021

Summers are special in their way, and of course, and by this, I am excluding the sultry weather, unbearable heat, and irritating sweat. To look at the brighter side of things, how about the cool evening breezes, summer essential fashions, or accessories that are sure to catch the breath? That was exciting, right? To think broad, let’s rope in the topic of summer nail designs, or precisely, the manicured nail listing designs exclusively made for the summer months.

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Yes, that might be a bit surprising, but the stylists and experts have signified certain designs that look cool for a summer special date or brunch. The hues of pink, yellow, orange, and green are the common ones to be used in this kind of design. So, want to ramp up your summer? Start with the coolest summer nail designs and then gradually start shifting to the other decorative elements in making the sultry summer a bit more bearable than usual.

To get a glimpse of the exclusive designs have a look at the list below, get accustomed to the names, and choose your best one. Of course, you can try all of these, and then pick the one that clicks best.

So, should we start then? Here, we go.

Cute Summer Nail Designs To Try

Rainbow Nails

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To experience the various colors of life, integrate a rainbow with its hues. On that note, we can always integrate the hues of the rainbow in our nails, so that each of the colors would reflect each of the life aspects. Start by making your nails pointed and sharp so that you would have a lot of space where all the colors would fit in well. Make sure that the colors are blended well, and they don’t look out of place or disproportionate. Also, for a pro-tip, think of a matte finish after done with the colors.

Peachy Apricot Nails

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The perfect peachy apricot color is thought to be one of the ideals for the summer nail designs as they are one of the lightest pastel shades that also have a slight tinge of orange in them. Besides, this is also the shade that complements well every Indian and Western outfit that your closet has. You can think of pairing up the color with any other shade to bring a distinctive shade, and thereby creating a unique effect that’s hard to get from any other shade in the card. Of course, the nails would look beautiful in this shade.

Silver Tips

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The grown silvertip nails are a classic example of elegance filled with sophistication. This is also quite the design that suits almost every age and thereby is appreciated almost by everyone. The best part remains the glitters spread on the top of the nails that merge well with the silver trails, thereby creating a shimmer effect. Sometimes, the silver shade also merges well with the white, to create a slightly contrasting effect on the nails. Also, a different design states of all the other nails smeared in silver while only one or two left with the white hues.

Rad Plaid Nails

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The Rad plaid nails are a limited collection from the list of summer nail designs, which are found in the classic pattern of red and white, and perfect with the black stripes. Apart from the red, black, and white stripes, you can also think of the other striped patterns that include the nails painted in a light pastel shade, that would have the criss-cross patterns in black, with certain tinges in white. Either of the patterns looks like a pro if you wear them right, so, choose the one you like best and flaunt with ease.

Pearly Nails

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To make your nails look properly artistic, beautiful, and wedding-ready, try the pearly nails. As the name suggests, the white, pink, and blue hues would be most appropriate to suit the nails and make them more elegant than usual. The pearly nails are usually done on a pastel coat of nail color and then refined with embellishments. To make it best for the Wedding nail designs, all the pearly and lacy details are then integrated. To make the nails glamorous, and to be the star of the evening, this is what you would need.

Abstract Nails

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The Abstract nails have been the latest entrant to the summer nail designs and have been trending hard since then. For a change, if you feel that the straight, thin lines are out of your comfort zone for trying the nail art, then start by simply painting black dots with strokes of rose gold. Yes, even these are the designs that look great while achieving the same abstract effect. The abstract nails might look simple but are the blend of imagination with creativity by women who love personalizing designs with enthusiasm.

Cherry On Top

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A cherry on top nail paint design has become one of the hottest designs to date and is also viewed as the design that’s loved by all. Here, you can paint the nails as per your wish and then place the green twig that has two red cherries placed on either side. However, make sure to blend the nail color with the cherries to make them look in order and proportion. White has always been the common base for creating this design, thereby it also merges well with the green and red combo. For a change, the peach color would also appear well.

Cute Cactus Nails

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Yes, even the cactuses can be cute, and the summer nail designs prove so. Of course, you need a bit of a creative tinge to make the art stand in place. Let’s talk of a nail art design that has a base in white or pink, with the face of a green cactus popping out from a brown pot. The cactuses here look more like the smileys we use and steal the show. Either you can use the same design for all the nails, or keep this one for two or three nails, while the rest would be left blank.

Lime Green Nails

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Doesn’t the lime green color appear soothing enough to the eyes? If you feel the same, then go for the nail art design and make it equal for all the nails. But, before starting with the design, make sure to keep the nails pointed, and big so that the colors would fit in perfectly. You can take both the darker and lighter hues of lime green and merge them perfectly for an enhanced effect. Certain parts of your nail might be left blank or white for a bit of difference in the design.

Eye Spy Nails

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These are the summer nail designs that appear ultra-chic for their simplistic yet fantastic style. These are also the clear coat gel manicure that is best known for their matte finish, and the black and white combo that looks like a starlet in the dark. There is also another design that states silver and orange trails, with a thin line of black in the middle. Make the nails well-pointed and properly shaped to try the various colors on the nails, and to fetch the desired matte effect.

Juicy Fruity Nails

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If you are tensed about the name, then be assured that we are not going to drop the fruit juice extracts or any fruit for that matter on your nails. Rather, this effect is more about the colors that get us reminded of all the tangy and fruity effect that have been placed by citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, lime, or watermelons. The manicures are particularly done in a way where it seems that the fruits are placed upon the nails. Thus, opt for vibrancy and embellish your nails for a fun and gorgeous look.

Dreamy Star Nails

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If you feel like a princess, this is the name from the list of summer nail designs that would look cute yet dazzling with the embellishment that you always wanted. Now, achieving the star nail look can be done in several ways. While you can opt to hand-paint the designs, there is also the other way where you choose stickers or stick-on jewels. Now, both looks are effective that makes for a dreamy appearance. A common design is the one where several tiny black stars are painted on the pink- or peach-colored nails.

Tropical Nails

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The tropical nails get us reminded of the beach holidays that mainly states of waves, tropical trees, and cool drinks. This is how the nails get smeared in pale yellow and green, which also have tinges of white. If we are talking about merging colors then we can think of the common design which starts with pale blue, yellow in the middle, and hues of pink on the edges. When done with the merging of colors, you can also think of a small tree motif drawn in black on the nails.

Shades Of Pink

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Hot, shocking, or fuchsia pink is the commonest of colors to be used for summer nail designs. Pink is a beautiful color that blends well with the white trails, or even with red or golden hues. They are bright, fun, and summery colors, that suit well with the mood. For a fun and quirky tone, think of the chunky hot pink shades, and then place purple glitter on the tips and top of the base coat of cotton candy pink. The glitters are mainly placed for proper enhancement.

Pineapple Nails

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The Pineapple nail designs are meant for every girl. Apart from being adorable and colorful, these designs also look cute on the nails that would help you to portray the fun mood while making you look chic. Whether placed on short or long nails, these pineapple nail designs are an art that’s perfectly in sync with the nails. There is also a great design where we have all the nails painted in white, and then small motifs are placed in yellow and green, and the shapes are formed like pineapples.

Ombre Nails

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Talking of the summer nail designs, you can think of the natural ombre nails by using nail polish, nail tape, and a makeup sponge. While opting for the ombre, start by painting the second color onto the sponge and dab it onto the tip of the nail until you have got the desired effect, and you can start applying more if you feel the need. Then finish off the entire thing with a topcoat. Besides, hues of orange, grey, and super-soft pink blend together form the necessary ombre effect.

Cool Ice Cream Nails

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Summers are great with ice-creams and have become the latest beauty trend to hit the scenes. Even if pink is supposed to be the ‘go-to’ color, we would also love to see the nails smeared in cool blue or pretty green mint hues. So, almost all the colors are cool, appeasing, and a visual treat for the eyes. So, here, you need to do the nails well. Keep them pointed, perfectly curated, and then put the paints. You can also try the various hues of pink in various nails and keep them with a matte finish.

Graphic Nail Design

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Yes, we have heard about the 3D painted nails. Well, the graphic nail designs can be counted as one of the summer nail designs that might appear funny and childish due to the anime features. However, they still look stylish, where the cartoon characters or maybe the simple smileys might look extremely detailed when placed properly. If I discuss my personal favorite, then it would certainly be the yellow smileys with a white background. However, no matter how much easy it might seem, the graphic nail design needs a proper border encircling the nails.

Blue Flames

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The blue flame acrylic nails are the most famous ones for any season, as they look sexy and attractive no matter in whatever way you have placed the colors. Since you get various hues of blue, the designs you’ll get in this blue flame are loads. To start, make the nails well-curated and sharp, and think of the blend of white and blue. Let the body part be white while the tip of the nails should be blue. Sometimes, you also get to see the blend which looks perfect.

Swirly Nail Art

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The swirly nail art is one of the most fun things to do from the list of summer nail designs. Swirl nail art designs are thought to camouflage the marble designs and are also sometimes interchanged with them. The swirls are made by adding the various hued nail paint into a water bowl and swirling the colors around to create a beautiful pattern of your choice. Then, start dipping your nails inside the pattern to get a beautiful and desired swirly nail effect. These are perfect for the casual look but can also turn fancy by adding embellishments.

Butterfly Nails

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The butterfly nails are the commonest and easiest to create it seems. The butterfly nail art designs are the best ones to be smeared in all the colors you desire, thereby, creates a natural feeling of goodness about the nails. Besides, you get to witness several variations while you are doing the butterfly nails. Let’s say, for instance, you can opt for the simple stickers and a fuss-free manicure, or maybe seek an intricate 3D nail art. While doing this, there are also other things to consider that include the length of your nails and the type of polish you would like to use.

Multi-Colored Nails

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I guess this one is the easiest of all the summer nail designs. Choose all the colors that you like, and start placing them one by one. Mix-and-match is the order of the day, and this design is the best way to describe the multi-colored nails. For instance, you can start with the pastel pink shade, and then move on to the green, and finally end the series with pale blue. Imagine all your carefully curated nails being smeared with the colors and spreading all the fingers together. Also, don’t forget to take the clicks.

Cow-Print Nail Design

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Yes, we are specifically talking about the Jersey cows and the white and black print that they are known for. Let’s start with the white nails with a matte finish, and then place the small black spots all over, but in a synchronized manner. Well, either you can place all the nails in one pattern, or maybe create two or three cow-print nail designs, and then leave the others with any pastel-shaded blue color, or maybe something in lavender. So, that was a cooler idea, right? Think of your favorite design and flaunt it well.

Daisy Nails

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If you observe closely, the daisy nails are one of the best summer nail designs which are pleasing to look at. These days, the majority of the daisy nails are featured with pastel blue or light pink colors, where the delicate daisy flowers are designed with white and yellow colors. To try the simplest daisy design starts with six petals of the same shade placed dotted in a circle, and with a different-color ‘bud’ in the center. To get a calm and soothing effect, hues like yellow, white, and pastel blue have become most prominent.

Yellow French Manicure

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The yellow French manicures are thought to be making a comeback. This is quite a classic nail paint design where the tips of the fingernails are smeared in white, and then the bases are colored in pale pink. There is the existence of only two colors in this manicure, and sometimes even there is a prominence of yellow. This is one of the summer essentials where the sharp-pointed nails are kept straight, and then a major part of the nail is kept in yellow. However, if you keep the tips in yellow it would look better.

Paint Splatter Nail Art

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The paint splatter nail art designs are the summer nail designs that are easy and fun to make. Besides, you also don’t need these nail designs to be perfectly made, rather they just need to be colorful. Here, you got to use the various colors that are splashed together to create the perfect design. Since vibrancy is the goal, you need all the bright colors. So, channel your inner madness, create any design you want, and then flaunt with grace. So, all set for some madness?

Minimalist Nail Design

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The minimalist techniques and design are used for almost every nail art, which also looks classy and versatile. To think broad, the minimalist nail designs mainly state of a white or pink base, that have the edges done in black or blue while the corner most parts are done in yellow. On the contrary, think of the ‘half-and-half’ nails where the topmost part is done in orange, while the other parts are done in pink. Also, for a pro-tip, you can think of a matte effect while doing the nails. 

Abstract Faces Nail Art

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The Abstract Faces nail art designs are the latest trend to hit the summer nail designs. Abstract faces nail art does not necessarily mean that the artwork won’t make any sense of its own, however, the sketchy faces are great to look at on the nails.  A nude lip and contour work best for abstract nail designs. You can also think of the abstract funny faces done in black amidst the backdrop of a cream-colored nail. Again, need not mention but this naik design looks best with a matte finish. 

Holographic Nails

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If you are pinning for the experimental nail art designs, then try for the holographic nails. Of course, they are not quite different from the normal nail art designing, apart from the holographic nail polishes that have a pigment called Spectraflair, added to them. Now, the Spectraflair is a pigment made from aluminum and magnesium fluoride, that refracts the light very well, thereby, emitting the holographic properties. Explaining it a bit more, Chrome is thought to be shinier than the Holographic nails and does not bring out well the rainbow color effect under the sun.

Color-Blocked Nail Design

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The color blocking technique is quite one of the summer nail designs that are all about showcasing curated combinations of color. This style mainly focuses upon two or three colors and that look cute, with graphic shapes to create the perfect striking impact and vibrant energy. To look back, color blocking arose during the modernist art movement of the 20th century. The best color combo states pink, blue, and black hues that blend well. Of course, you can also think of another combo that has colors like orange, blue, pink, and violet.

Striped Nail Art

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Striped nail art designs are the best possible way to create a clear and defined salon look. Of course, you can think of it as any striped design, and use as many colors as you want. It’s just the technique or the way in which you place and merge two or three colors together. Yellow, red, blue, and purple is strikingly beautiful colors that stay in a diagonal manner yet merge well with the colors. Chrome yellow with three stripes in black is also quite the combo that has been trending these days.

Tie-Dye Nail Design

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Tie-dye has been a mesmerizing design for the dresses. But to consider it as a part of the summer nail designs is a great deal where the nail world is flooded with multi-colored swirly-hued designs. So, for doing this DIY hack all you need to do are the four extracting colors and a sponge. The merging of colors is the best way of doing the tie-dye nails. It’s like recreating a part of your dress on the nails. So, you need to get the blend well, and of course, in the matte effect for doing this design.

Pastel Glitter Nails

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Do we need to discuss this design? I, mean, it has all that to be a shimmery design in the nails. So, start with a pale shade that’s mainly made of lavender hues, or maybe a green shade. When done with that, we would also have the silver glitters to have the perfect shimmery affair. For a change, you can also think of the golden glitters, but for that, you would also have to opt for different combos.

Beach Themed Nails

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Yes, we are again getting on the summer vibes to get this name from the list of summer nail designs. Well, there are various ways in doing this design where the motif of a palm tree amidst a blue smeared nail, irrespective of the dark or lighter hues stands out great. Well, you can also think of substituting the blue hues with pale white, and then the black motifs placed in the middle of the nails. As the name stands out, you can also think of waves while doing the nails.

Retro Nails

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The polka-dotted nail designs are best remembered as the retro nails. To start out with a cooler yet simpler style, think of smearing all the nails in cherry red color, and then make small little white dots on them. Yes, they are incredibly amazing, however, apart from that, there are also other designs where a shade in green is merged with black. However, you can think of all the flashy colors, speaking of vibrancy, and then comes a sudden burst of colors on the nails.

Leopard Print Nails

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We have thought about the leopard print nails where the design bedazzles with gold striping tape and black chevron tips. Needs no discussion but the bright-looking summer nail designs get an enhancement with the colorful animal prints and designs. However, even after comparing with all the animal prints, we can’t get over the golden and black leopard print nails, that have been a part of the fashion scene for a long time. For the starting, take dark grey polish and white polish as the base coating. Then use Red, Beige or Glitter merged with Golden Beads on the top for accent.

Sunset Inspired Nails

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The sunset-inspired nail art designs have their vibes looking like beach-inspired nails. For this nail art, the combination of the colors can easily depict the sunset on an enjoyable summer evening. So, make sure to try out this great nail art design for the perfect summer getaway. Here also, start with the perfect vibrancy by choosing colors like bright yellow, pink, and blue. Set them straight on the nails, and then create the setting sun perfectly. It’s always better to do the motifs in black.

Neon Negative Space Nail Art

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While opting for the perfect manicure, you need to think of the blank space in between the colors. Besides, this is one of the summer nail designs where it’s pretty cool to leave a little space. Plus, opting for a sophisticated, and sleek negative-space nail design becomes just the basic update your basic manicure needs to feel rejuvenated again. Negative space nail art mainly depends on diverting the expected and thereby, gives the nails a cool, futuristic feel that we would be crushing on.

Summer Sky Nails

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A light turquoise blue is the best color to describe the clear summer sky, especially when it turns dusky. Now, when you have the basic blue as your base, you can try for every single shade that merges well with the blue. The best design is perhaps the turquoise blue shade that’s placed in the middle with darker hues of blue placed on the borders, corners, and edges. For this pattern also, there’s no other option than sharp pointed nails.

Bright Nail Tip

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The bright nail tips are quite the fashion statement that has taken a wide hit on everyone. The bright nails refer to placing the bright hues on the top to make them look attractive, and for this design, you can also use the glossy effect. The common ones in this genre include smearing the entire nail in a peachy pink shade and then placing fluorescent yellow shade on the top and on the edges. It’s better to opt for plain and simple for this one.

Cute Pastel Marble Nails

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We have dealt in-depth with the marble-designed nails and the pastel-colored nails. Now, it’s time we merge both the designs and create a cute style to be loved by all. The best part remains that you get to use a lot of pastel shades which would set the tone right, and of course, place the needed glossy effect to create the best design. Each of your nails can depict each of the pastel shades and make them look better.

Yin Yang Nails

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The Yin Yang nails are one of the oldest symbols to gain a fanbase. They date back to ancient China, where the yin yang symbol contains a circle made up of two swirling halves, where one is dark and the other light.  Here, each side has a dot of the opposite color. Yin symbolizes the dark half of the symbol while yang refers to the light swirl. The Yang represents the male side with dominance and positivity, while the Yin side represents femininity with submission.

Watermelon Nails

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Watermelon makes the summers bearable, and so it’s time we also get them on our nails. Besides, they are quite easy to create where we just need to have a basic understanding of colors like green, red, pink, and black and decide the proper way in which they are supposed to get placed. For this, color the base red, the edges in green, and make small dots on the red-based nail. Let your fingers look like mini watermelons and feel the fun.

Cute Sunflower Nails

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The sultry summers also make us reminded of the cute sunflowers. Besides, the sunflower always follows the sun, thereby depicting a positive side. The bright yellow makes a striking contrast with the dark brown shade. The sunflowers have become an exquisite nail art and a trendy theme for manicures in the recent past. Besides, while doing the nail art, the original sunflower colors also get merged in the other shades, raising creativity at its peak. So, which blend is your favorite?

Flamingo Nails

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Yes, they mean a flamingo being etched on the nails painted in green, while the flamingo is placed in pink. The combo of green and pink on the nails looks exotic yet unique and requires less time to dry. What more do we need from the manicure? I guess, nothing. There is another design that states the same thing but here the colors are pink and white instead. Try on both and then pick your flamingo.

Dalmatian Dog Print French Tip Nails

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As kids, we had loved watching the adventures of the Dalmatian dogs. As a grown-up now, here is the time when we would try the Dalmatian-designed French Manicure. There’s nothing much left to say regarding this style as we have already loved the white and black dots. But we can also think of variations where we can also use pink instead of white and top the edges with glitters or stones. Also, the pink that we would be using should be a pastel one with a matte finish.

Rose Quartz Nails

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Rose Quartz nails are meant to be symbolic of unconditional love and thought to be one of the most popular crystals. Yes, this style is all about the ‘pretty pink’ design, where hues of pink get the priority. They have a shiny effect and that’s the most striking effect the nails would have. This nail design is thought to be the best one to be donned at weddings, or anything related to the nuptial vows.

Pastel Rainbow Nails

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This DIY hack is thought to be super easy and cool, and of course, tailor-made for the short and clean fingertips. The pastel nail polishes are made for this kind of manicure, thereby try all the pastel colors found in the VIBGYOR, or at least the shades that somewhat reach nearby. Either you can opt for a color for each of the nails or smear the blend of similar colors in each of the nails. You can consider this in either glossy or matte effect, but honestly, the matte effect is always preferable.

Confetti Nails

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The confetti nails essentially give the illusion of sparkles floating all over your nails, like a Confetti being tossed in the air. The look might be fun as a full-on glitter style but is in a way a bit cooler than the glittery thing. Besides, summer is also about the glitters, shimmers, and shine, and thereby the Confetti nails work well if you place them properly. For more enhancements, you can also think of placing some small stones on the nail art.

Classic Matte Nails

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Here, you don’t need to worry much about the designs. Just make sure that the nails are pointed well, properly shaped, and then then the colors get properly placed to create the much-desired look. Well, the colors can be anything, let’s say black, red, or pink, the matte effect should come out well.

Conclusion

So, finally, we end the list of summer nail designs. Summers are known for holidays, fun, and enjoyment, along with the bright florals, and pastel shades to look good and vibrant. Yes, we buy clothes, do our hair based on that. So, what about the rest? For that, we have manicures that are exclusively made for the summer months. Besides, we also get to pick and choose our desirable from the list of ensembles that happens to fetch almost all our favorite things.

On that note, which were the names that you have placed a tick on? There are multiple names out there I know, but if asked to choose one, which would be the one? Well, go on trying all our favorites, and then choose the one that looks best on your nails. Be it with a matte finish, or a glossy effect, the nails look incredibly pretty when done good.