pink and blue wave design is a cute summer nail design idea
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13 Cute Summer Nail Designs To Make A Splash

Your hands will look fabulous while holding a glass of ice-cold lemonade.

With summer comes sunshine, pool days, frozen treats, and all the bright colors. Here are some summer nail design ideas that perfectly complement the season.

For a minimal design that doesn’t lack summer fun, check out this manicure by @naileditbeauty. Pink pastel tips with flowers and smiley faces create a pop of color that isn’t over the top. Plus, who doesn’t love a manicure with a ‘70s vibe? @naileditbeauty
You don’t have to get overly fancy to have a great summer manicure, as evidenced by this bright green manicure. If green isn’t your color, no problem, just go for something vibrant and summery, like orange, hot pink, or bright yellow. Anastasiia Yanishevska / EyeEm, Getty Images
How fun is this manicure? The bright pink, palm leaves, and gold gems create a look that’s perfect for summer. The palm designs were actually done freehand, and you can learn how to DIY with this video tutorial. Gabby Angelique / YouTube
Bring the sunshine right to your fingertips with this sunburst manicure. It’s super simple to do — you just need a thin nail art brush to get the sun just right (here’s a highly-rated set from Amazon). To re-create this mani, check out the tutorial here. 25 Sweetpeas / YouTube
This summer nail art by @wonderland.nagelstudio is amazing, bright, and totally unique. What’s especially great about nail designs like this is that there’s no perfect way to do it, so you can have fun with it. @wonderland.nagelstudio
This manicure has a beachy mermaid vibe that is pretty much made for summer. To get the look, you’ll need a few shades of blue polish (including sparkles), gems, nail stamps, and a detail tool. It’ll take some work, but it will be totally worth it. Foap AB, Getty Images
Is there a more perfect summertime snack than a slice of refreshing watermelon? It’s also a great inspiration for summer nail art. Re-create the look here with some nail detailing tools.Nicole Kucera, Getty Images
Everything about this nail art says summertime. The video tutorial shows step-by-step instructions for creating each of these looks. Personally, I’m a fan of the ice cream cones on top of the light blue polish, but any of these designs would look amazing. cutepolish / YouTube
This gorgeous nail design looks like a setting sun or a blend of pink and orange sherbets, which means it absolutely belongs on this list of summer nail designs. Check out this tutorial to learn how to get the gradient look with a sponge. mikroman6, Getty Images
This summer manicure is so cute. To re-create it, you’ll need a solid color polish, a white or iridescent polish, gems, and a detailing tool to re-create the look. Or, simply take this picture into your nearby nail salon and have the pros work their magic. Foap AB, Getty Images
Doesn’t this manicure remind you of a cold glass of lemonade with a pink and white paper straw coming out of it? You can learn how to DIY with this video tutorial, or just give yourself a standard pink manicure and top it with nail stickers. DesignYourNailsByIsha / YouTube
For a multi-color look, check out this vibrant summer nail art design. As intricate as it looks, it’s actually a pretty easy look to achieve. To recreate it, you’ll need a detail brush, this video tutorial, and a little bit of patience. Robin Moses Nail Art / YouTube

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