30 Nail Art Ideas To Try This Summer

Nail art ideas to inspire your manicures this month

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Basic manicures in shades of nude or red are great for spring, fall, and winter. But summer is the time to let loose and go for a nail look that’s a little more sunny—and a thousand times more fun. We rounded up 30 of the cutest and chicest nail art ideas for summer 2019 for minimalists, maximalists, and everyone in between.

1. Something’s Fishy

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🐡 Ready for summer #nails

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If you’re bored of the basic nail patterns like checks and stripes, try this fish-inspired look from nail artist Jessica Washick.

2. Life and Lemons

Upgrade a lemon-yellow manicure with actual lemons traced on a few accent nails.

3. Salty Snack

Pretzel nails. Does anything else need to be said?

4. Tie Dye

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💙 Tie dye 💛

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Summer’s biggest nail trend is tie dye nails. Pick any combination of colors and patterns—you can’t mess this up.

5. Jelly Tips

Layer jelly acrylics over an opaque nail polish for a manicure that is guaranteed to make you smile every time you look at it.

6. Golden Chain

We’re obsessed with everything nail artist Betina Goldstein creates, but this sheer nude nail topped with a three-dimensional golden chain detail is swoon-worthy. It’s nail art for those of us who can’t get too adventurous with our nails for whatever reason.

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7. Three-Dimensional

You don’t need 3D glasses to see how cool this blue-and-red manicure is (though the glasses help).

8. Cow Print

One of 2019’s biggest nail trends is…cow print. The black-and-white design is not only cute, but it pairs with everything.

9. Boho Stripes

The mix of stripes and abstract shapes traced on a base of unusual tangerine makes for a fresh new manicure idea.
10. Moroccan-Inspired

Two macro fruit designs on a metallic green base is summery without looking too cutesy or juvenile.

12. Ripple Effect

Kim Kardashian West tapped manicurist Tom Bachik to create this water-effect manicure for her second Met Gala look.

13. Painted Porcelain

Just like fancy china, these nails are almost too pretty to use. Except their on your hands, so you kind of have to. Just invest in a good top coat.

14. Chrome Rainbow

A bandana-inspired print is perfect for summer.

16. Kawaii Ombré

Celebrity nail artist @NaomiNailsNYC used two shades of OPI’s new Tokyo nail collection to create what she dubs a kawaii ombré look.

17. Negative Space Glitter

Celebrity nail artist Miss Pop showed off the look she created for the Moschino fall 2019 show—clear acrylics with confetti glitter flecks.

18. Pretty Produce

Hand-drawn summertime produce like pineapple, citrus, and cherries look adorable against punchy shades like orange, yellow, and blue.

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19. The New Logo Nail

The new logo nail is subtle and soft—like this Dior-inspired negative space manicure.

20. Hexagon Glitter Bits

Why wear confetti only in New Year’s Eve? Make the look right for the warmer months by concentrating the glitter toward the tips.
21. Tortoiseshell Inspired

Tortoiseshell print is a way to upgrade a nude manicure without straying too far from the color palette you know and love.

22. Evil Eyes

 An evil eye manicure is cool. But matching it your earrings? Even cooler.
23. Going Graphic

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Endless Summer in fuchsia and tangerine.

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The best part about these summery graphic nails is that you won’t even know when they’ve grown-out.

24. Graphic Dots

This is another nail art look that is amazing for those of us too lazy to get our nails done every two weeks on the dot. The clear base near the cuticles and navy dots is fresh and fun.

25. The Minimalist Mani

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Simple stripes

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If you’re not into the whole nail art thing, try getting just a single stripe painted down the center of a bare and shiny nail.

26. Cloudy Day

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no clouds out today so i painted them on my nails

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27. Sequin Florals

The way to make a floral manicure look less romantic. Make the flowers out of sequins, and pair them against a sheer nude nail polish.

28. Orange Burst

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🍊🍨 #airbrush #matte #nailart

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We don’t exactly know what to call this nail art. Is it galactic? Retro? Whatever it is, we’re into the matte finish and orange creamsicle vibe.

29. For the Birds

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#natchumnails

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We never thought of getting birds traced on our nails. But now that we know it exists, it’s the manicure we want right now.

30. Cherry Tips

A classic French manicure gets even cheekier thanks to two hand-painted cherries on an accent nail.

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This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.
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