65 Cute & Stylish Summer Nails for 2020
Want to brighten up your look for the summer? Then you are in the right place! We have found 65 stylish summer nail ideas that you will want to try. Nail art is a great way to wear the seasons latest colors and prints, and beautiful nails will finish off all your summery outfits perfectly. We have summer nails for everyone from elegant glitter manicures to bold patterns and colors. Each one can be created by a beginner or nail art pro.
1. Cool Blue Summer Nails
The first summer nail idea we would like to show you is this cool blue look. The nails have been painted in shade Closer Than You Might Belém from OPI’s Lisbon collection. You could use any blue you have but try to keep it light. Either keep all the nails blue or have an accent nail. This accent nail was created with Whats Up Nails Aurora Pigment.
2. Bright Summer Nails with Glitter
Next, we have light summer nails with two glitter accent nails. One of the accent nails is blue and the other is pink. These nails are stylish and fun and will suit any nail shape and length. You can take inspiration from this look and choose bright nails with one glitter accent nail or choose both the pink and blue.
3. Ombre Nails and Glitter
Ombre nails are perfect for the summer. This next idea features vibrant dark pink to light pink ombre with two glitter accent nails. There are many tutorials to help you with the ombre look but you can achieve it with a sponge. Paint two or three colors in strips on the sponge and then use the sponge to stamp the colors on the nails. It is quite a simple idea to try at home.
4. Blue and Metallic Polka Dots
Polka dots are super cute and these next nails show how to wear the pattern in style. The nails feature a light blue polish with metallic dots. You can recreate polka dots in any colors you like, there are many ways to create neat dots. There are tutorials with pens, bobby pins, special dotting nail pens and more. This is a look that a complete beginner or pro can create.
5. Matte Pink Nails with Crystal Accent Nail
When you search for nail designs you will often see nails with decorated tips, but this next idea mixes that up and features cuticle art. Cuticle art will be placed on the bottom of the nail, instead of the top. You can have a different polish placed there or even add some gems like these nails. As you can see, the nails are light with a beautiful gem accent nail. A design like this will look amazing all summer, especially for weddings and other special occasions.
6. Bold Orange and Purple Nail Idea
Add a pop of color to your look this summer with vibrant nails like these. The nails are painted with That’s Shore Bright and Sun of a Peach by China Glaze. You can just paint your nails in these colors or add the stylish silver nail studs too. Either way, the nails will look gorgeous!
7. Cute Multi Color Nails
It can be so difficult to decide which color to use on your nails. With a nail design like this one, you won’t have to choose! This manicure features nails that are all painted different colors. Even though the colors are different they still compliment each other because they are similar light shades. You can recreate this look or be very bold with your color choices.
8. Stripes and Chevrons
Next, we have a summer nail idea that uses stripes and chevrons. Both these patterns are very popular in nail art and look trendy when combined. You can create stripes and chevrons with tape and there are tutorials online to help you. It may take practice but these are great techniques to learn as you can wear both patterns separately too. The polishes used in this look are China Glaze I’ll Sand by You, Don’t Be Sea Salty and All Sun & Games.
9. Pearly Nails with Gold Glitter
If you want elegant nails for the summer, then this idea could be for you. Here we have a manicure that features pearl effect nails with two gold glitter accent nails. You can recreate a pearl effect with nail polishes that can be found online. A design like this would be perfect for a special occasion or even a wedding.
10. Pastel Neon Summer Nails
Our next idea features pastel neon colors which are perfect for the summer! These nails have an ombre effect and the look was created with Color Club Lacquer in shades Hot Hot Hot Pants, Diggin the Dancing Queen and Disco’s Not Dead. You can recreate the ombre look or use similar shades separately. Any would be perfect for vacations, festivals and more.
11. Stylish Pink and White Nails
Looking for a creative and unique summer nail idea? Then this next pick could be for you. Here we have pink and white nail art. The colors split the nail in half with a half circle shape. This is a really cute idea that would suit any nail length and shape. You can recreate the look in different colors too.
12. Summer Glitter Nails
Blue is a great color choice for the summer and these next nails show how to wear blue in style. The nails are a dark shade with a subtle sparkle. You can just wear the glitter polish or if you feel like a challenge, then you can try the mermaid accent nail. To help you create the mermaid look, you can use a nail stencil and there are tutorials online to help you.
13. Pink and Chrome Nails
Next, we have a beautiful pink and chrome nail idea. The nails have been painted in a light pink with two chrome accent nails. Nail art like this will suit any nail length and shape. You can create the chrome look with nail polishes available online and you can choose any color combination.
14. Light Nails with Glitter Accent Nail
If you want a nail idea that is easy to create at home and looks chic and stylish, then this next idea is for you. The nails have been painted in a very light color with a silver glitter accent nail. You can recreate this look or choose an accent nail color of your choice. Stick to light colors like featured for an elegant look.
15. Pretty Polka Dot Nail Idea
Earlier in the post we featured a cute polka dot nail idea. This next pick shows how to wear polka dots in a creative and unique way. Instead of the classic polka dots, these nails feature an accent nail where the colors swap. So, the base color becomes the dot and the dot color becomes the base. You can choose any colors for your summer polka dots.
16. Tropical Palm Tree Nails
Nothing says summer like tropical palm trees! This next idea features bright pink nails with black palm trees. These would be perfect all summer and for any vacations. You can hand paint the palm tree or use a palm tree stencil. Also, try different background colors too.
17. Stylish Stripe Nail Idea
Next, we have a chic nail idea that features stripes. The fresh and cool pastel shades have been used to create different striped nails. You can create the whole look or just choose one striped nail for your recreation. For the stripes, you can use tape or a different nail color.
18. Summer Gradient Nails
Our next pick is another stylish ombre or gradient idea. These nails use three colors and we love the combination. The colors are fun, vibrant and perfect for the summer. You can use colors like the ones featured or three of your choice.
19. Vibrant Pink Nails with Funky Accent Nail
Jazz up your nails with a chevron accent nail. Chevrons can be created smaller like featured earlier or large like the nails pictured below. You can get the shape with tape or a stencil. We love the combination of bold pink, white and silver glitter. Nails like these will suit any nail length and shape.
20. Bold Red and Glitter Summer Nails
Go bold this summer and choose a hot nail color like red. These red nails are statement making and will suit anyone. You can paint all your nails red or have an accent nail. As you can see, gold glitter compliments the red perfectly. You could even try silver or another vibrant color.
21. Pink Summer Nail Idea
Next on our summer nails list are these super cute pink nails. The finished look features a polka dot nail, glitter nail, star design and two dots. You can recreate the whole look or just choose one you like. Either way, you will have a colorful and creative manicure that will look great all summer long.
22. Cute Watermelon Nails
Products used: Amigable, Tiza, Brillo gel, Escarchado by @tradexpanama and acrylic paint. If you want to re-create this nail design, down below is a quick YouTube tutorial!
23. Cactus Nail Art Design
Products used: MoYou London in shades Hipster 16 and Hipster 19, Ga-De Cosmetics in shades Pool Party and Rose Mist, OPI Matte Top Coat.
24. Matte Rainbow Coffin Nails with Glitter
Love the matte trend? This beautiful nail art design proves that you can wear matte nails during the summer. Give it a try!
25. Pretty Watermelon Nail Art Design
Products used to create this cute nail art design are: China Glaze ‘Grass is Lime Greener’, China Glaze ‘Treble Maker’ and ‘Bite Me’, Morgan Taylor ‘Give me Gold’ and China Glaze ‘Shell-O’.
26. Bold Summer Nails
The next summery nail design we have to show you will add a pop of color to your look. These nails feature a colorful, tribal nail design with sparkly rhinestones. It is a fun and vibrant design that is perfect for the summer season. Recreate these artistic nails or use your own color palette.
27. Colorful Chrome and Glitter
If you want your nails to stand out from the crowd this summer, then this next design is for you. The nails have three different designs including purple chrome, matte pink and blue glitter. We love this combination because matte, chrome and glitter are three of the must-have looks. Recreate this or use different colors of your choice.
28. Chic Light Nude Nails
A lot of summer nails feature vibrant colors but if the bold shades are not for you, then why not try a design like this?! All of the nails are painted in a light, chic shade with one shimmering accent nail. The color is bright for the summer but it is soft and quite subtle. This just a stylish look that will suit everyone and the design will look amazing on any nail length and shape.
29. Nude Nails with Rainbow Tips
Our next nail idea features vibrant rainbow tips. This design is one of our favorites because it is like the classic French manicure but with a summery twist. A design like this is perfect for the ladies that want to try a new nail look without being too bold. Recreate the rainbow gradient or use one bright color on each tip. You can find tutorials online to help you create a similar look at home.
30. Funky Cherry Nails
The summer is the perfect time to try funky designs on your nails. You could try something like this. These nails feature delicious red cherries. It is such a cool design and art like this will make your nails stand out from the crowd. The look was created using red, nude and green nail shades. You will also need red rhinestones and nail glue. You can find tutorials online to help you create this type of nail art.
31. Vibrant Multi Color Nails
Next, we have another nail look that features multiple bright shades. The nails are long and each one is painted in two vibrant colors. All of the colors then create a gradient design. This is such a trendy nail idea and it will look amazing on nail length and shape. Recreate a manicure with similar colors or choose your own summery gradient.
32. Matte Neon Orange Nails
Another cool nail trend you could try this summer is neon. Neon nail colors are one of the must-have looks and this next manicure shows how to wear it in style! The nails are long, coffin shaped and are painted in a neon orange shade. This is a bold and statement making idea. Try a similar orange shade or choose a different neon color.
33. Matte Watermelon Nail Design
Looking for a unique nail idea? Then this is for you. Here we have a long, matte manicure that features a cute watermelon design. Most of the nails are painted in vibrant pink shade with a matte finish, with one accent nail that features watermelon design. It is a fun and vibrant look that is perfect for the summer. The watermelon on the accent nail was hand-drawn but you can buy watermelon stickers so the design is even easier to recreate.
34. Neon Star Nail Design
Our next idea was inspired by Kylie Jenner’s latest manicure. The nails are a light shade with a stunning star design over the top. Each nail is different but you can just repeat the same pattern if you prefer. A manicure like this is beautiful and it would be perfect for the warmer season.
Here is a YouTube tutorial for a similar nail design:
35. Palm Tree Nail Art
Next, we have another tropical look to show you. These nails feature neon v tips and there is an accent nail too. The accent nail has a sunset background with a black palm tree. It is such a funky and vibrant design. There are tutorials online to help you create v tips and you can buy palm tree nail stencils online.
36. Colorful Glitter Ombre Nails
Love ombre nails? Then you need to check out this next idea. The nails are nude and each one has an ombre design in a vibrant color. This is such a stylish nail design and it will be perfect for festivals and other fun summer events. Recreate the multi color ombre or choose one bright shade for all nails.
37. Glitter and Light Pink Nails
Glam up your look this summer with glitter nails like these! Most of the nails are light pink and there are two accent nails. The accent nails feature pink and white glitter ombre. This is a beautiful nail design that will suit all nail lengths and shapes. It will be perfect for a special occasion.
38. Cool Zebra Nail Design
Take a walk on the wild side and try animal print on your nails! Here is a gorgeous example! For this look, most of the nails are white and there is one zebra print accent nail. This is such a stylish look and it will be amazing for the summer season. You can create a similar design with a nail stencil. There are stencils available online in any animal print.
39. Nude Nails with Yellow Tips
The next nail idea features more trendy v tips. These nails are painted in a nude shade with neon yellow tips. It is such a cool and stylish look. We love v tips because you can try a vibrant color without being too bold. Recreate the summery yellow tips or try a bright color of your choice.
40. Stylish Purple and Pink Nails
If you are looking for a simple and stylish nail idea then this is for you. The nails are long, coffin shaped and are painted in vibrant purple and pink shades. Nails in a bold color like this will instantly make you look summer ready. Try purple like this or you can use any statement making color.
41. Rainbow Gradient Nail Design
Next, we have another summer gradient to show you. We love these nails because they remind us of a summer rainbow. For more rainbow nail designs and ideas, make sure to check out our other article here.
42. Pink and Orange Nail Design
Our next idea is bright and bold. The nails are painted in vibrant pink and orange shades. There is also an ombre accent nail and some gems too. This is a beautiful, tropical and summery manicure. It reminds us of cocktails and popsicles, so it is perfect for the summer season.
43. Pretty Pink Marble Nail Idea
Another nail art idea you can try this summer is marble. This next manicure shows a cute way to wear it. Each nail is painted in a different color including pink, white and sparkly silver. There is also one accent nail that features pink and white marble. It is a stylish look that will make your nails stand out from the crowd. There are lots of ways to create marble art and you can find tutorials online.
44. Vibrant Jelly Nails
Jelly nails are such a cool and fun look to try for the summer. The trend features nails in bright colors that are translucent. You could try a manicure like this one. These nails are a neon orange shade and this is the perfect color for the summer. Jelly nails look best when the nails are long.
45. Colorful Stripes
If you can’t decide which bright color to try, then why not wear them all?! You could use all your summery colors to create stripe nail art like this. These nails are white, yellow, purple and pink. It is such a creative and unique look. Recreate colorful stripes like these or use your own color palette. Stripes can be created with nail tape.
46. Colorful Matte Stiletto Nails
Next, we have a colorful mani to show you. Here we have long stiletto nails. One hand has nails with pink and red shades. While the other hand uses pink, blue and yellow colors. So, each nail is a different color. One nail is also adorned with rhinestones. It is a fun, rainbow design that will add a pop of color to all of your summer outfits.
47. Nude Nails with Rainbow Tips
This next nail idea is so cute and vibrant! The mani features nude nails and each one has a rainbow colored tip. We love this because you can try the bolder colors but in a more subtle way. You can try the rainbow stripes or you can choose ten or five rainbow shades and paint the whole tip of each nail in a different color.
48. Pink and Orange Ombre with Rhinestones
If you like to wear bright nail colors, then you need to take a look at this. Here we have a vibrant ombre design. The nails start pink and then change to orange. Some nails are also decorated with rhinestones. We love the summery colors and the rhinestones look so glam! There are ombre nail art tutorials online and rhinestones can be bought online. So, you can have a go at recreating this yourself.
49. Palm Tree Nails
Nothing says summer like palm trees and the next mani shows how to wear a palm tree design in style. All of the nails use tropical pink and orange colors. Two nails use the shades with ombre art too. The ombre nails also have black palm trees. This is a stunning mani that is perfect for the summer and vacations. You can buy palm tree nail stickers and stencils. The trees can be hand-painted if you have a steady hand.
50. Elegant Neon Pink Nails
We love this next idea! Here we have cute pink nails. Some of the nails are light pink and some are sparkly pink. It is just a pretty, fun and vibrant mani that is perfect for the spring and summer. A pink design like this will suit all nail lengths and shapes. Recreate this or you can try darker pink shades.