100+ Prettiest Summer Nails For Your Next Manicure

The summer is the one time that I almost always have my nails done. When you’re in a super cute swimsuit at the beach with a straw hat and rocking a nice tan, gorgeous summer nails really complete the look.

The great thing about doing your nails is that you can try out fun seasonal designs! And this summer, there are some really cool looks.

Nail trends don’t change a ton from year to year, but there are crucial small differences. A few years ago, stark white nails were not in; last year, white was the color over 85% of women were wearing during the warmer months.

This year has some of the coolest summer nail trends yet!

Major Summer Nails Trends:

This summer, the trends are very similar to last, but there’s an emphasis on art. In 2022, various interesting designs are still “in,” but they’re all slightly abstract and upscale. Focus on adding just a touch of summer through color, pattern, and design.

As far as the shape goes, almond and square are both popular this year. If your nails are short, I recommend asking for gel tips with a dip manicure. I find that the dip manicure works best because it keeps your nail strong so it doesn’t break.

Don’t forget: if you opt for press-on nails, you can always cut and file them yourself to fit the current nail shape trend. I like to buy press-on nails on Etsy, but I use this glue to get them to stick for a good long while.

Shiny nails seem to be much more popular than matte this year.

Specific designs that are popular this year include:

  • Abstract designs in one color (use different shades of the color to achieve a seamless look)
  • Floral designs in beachy summer colors
  • French tips covered with summer designs
  • Rainbow nails

You’ll see that a lot of color is popular this year as you scroll through the summer nails photos below. You have a choice between staying on one side of the color wheel (which means you use various shades of similar colors, like red/orange/yellow or blue/greens), or using opposite colors (i.e. red with blue). While staying on one side of the color wheel seems to be more popular this year for summer manicures, you’ll definitely find both options here.

Summer Nails Inspiration

Here are 100+ gorgeous summer nails for 2022! Some of these are pretty complicated designs while others are simple summer nail colors.

Feel free to save any of these photos to your phone so that you can show your nail technician. Just press down on the photo and click save to camera roll.

100+ Prettiest Summer Nails For Your Next Manicure

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Smiley & Clouds

 

Shades Of Purple

 

Clear With Mini Flowers

 

Wild Colors Abstract

 

Color Swirls On Clear

 

Pastel Flowers

 

Blue & Pink Swirls

 

Deep Color Swirls

 

Sage Green Swirls

 

Orange-Peach Ombre

 

Short Color Blocks

 

Vibrant Floral Design

 

Swirl Tips

 

Square Colored Tips

 

Shades Of Green Swirls

 

Red & Yellow Floral Tips

 

Orange & Blue Swirls

 

Shades Of Orange

 

Orange Flower & Swirl Design

 

Pink & Green Side Tips

 

Pink Geometric Tips

 

Colored Cow Pattern

 

Rainbow Circular Tips

 

Strawberry Design

 

Cow Print

 

Heart Design

 

Shades Of Nude & Pink

 

Soft Blue Floral Design

 

Abstract Rainbow Design

 

Orange Fruit Design

 

Strawberries & Lemons

 

Nude Abstract Swirls

 

Blue Sparkle Swirls

 

Orange & Pink Star Accents

 

Orange With Flower Accent

 

Purple Swirl Design

 

Soft Pastel Swirls

 

White With Sparkle Accent

 

Soft Flower With Polka Dots

 

Blue & Green Swirl Tips

 

Green Flower Tips

 

Bright Rainbow Tips With Flowers

 

Shades Of Blue Marble

 

Light Purple Flowers

Soft Cloud Ombre

Bright Abstract Manicure

Tropical Colors

White Clouds On Blue

Off-Kilter Colored Tips

Deep Blue Marble Accents

Blue Marble Butterfly Nails

Light Blue & Black

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Tropical Pattern

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Dessert Pattern

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Icy Turquoise

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Natural Waves

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Pale Pink Geometric

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White With Gold Accents

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Abstract Matte

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Pale Green With Accent

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Peachy Orange

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Turquoise Ombre 

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Blue & Nude Geometric

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Tropical Pink Design

Ice Cream Orange

Deep Orange

Pale Blue With Daisies

Shades Of Blue

Flower Tips

Squiggly Summer Nails Design

Yellow Daisies

Blue Tips & Accent

Mermaid Nails

Green Flower Design

Leaf Design

Nude Star Nails

Nail Boho Flower Design

Green Lemon Design

Pink & Blue Marble Wave

Yellow & Nude Abstract

Blue Butterfly Nails

Pink & Purple Abstract

Polka Dot Nails

Nude Wave Nails

Turquoise Wave Nails

Orange Tips

Wave Nail Accent

Green Leaf Design Nails

Blue Wave Nails

Blue Tips

Flower Nails

Nude Wave Nails

Sage Flower Nails

Wave Tips

Deep Blue Wave Tips

Shades Of Blue Abstract Design

Blue Wave Accents

Periwinkle Abstract Design

Cherry Fruit Design

Sage Green Tips

Blue Abstract Design On Nude Nails

Nude, Yellow, & White Design

Shimmer Nails

White Nails With Marble Green Accent

Pop Of Color Abstract Nails

Soft Color Abstract Nails

Pink Hued White

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This is a nice white because it isn’t insanely stark but will still stand out against most skin tones (and work with most outfits).

Coral

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This is one of my favorite summer nail colors for pale skin! It looks great with any skin color but is especially a good choice for those with skin that doesn’t tan easily. 

Pale Peach With Palm Tree

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Cool Pink

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Navy Design

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Navy blue is one of the best summer nail colors for pale skin. I love how navy is slightly preppy so it will never go out of style. 

Pale Flower Tattoo Design

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Periwinkle Blue

 

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Pale Yellow

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Coffee Nude

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This is one of the prettiest summer nail colors! I love how it’s simple (and neutral) but still has a summer feel. These are stick on nails so they’re easy to use in a pinch.

Matte White

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Neutral Summer Nail Colors

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Shimmer Blue

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Soft Peach

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Nude & Silver Design

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Geometric White
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Bright White

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Pink Peach

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Pink Nude Matte

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If you really want to make your nails pop, try incorporating rings. I like to do a few on each hand. There’s lots of rings available on Amazon that are pretty decent quality for a low price!

Some hand jewelry will give your nails that extra flair that makes them stand out. Even the prettiest summer nail colors can benefit from some rings calling attention to your hands.

Another important piece to make your summer nails look especially amazing is a nice tan. Whether you’re super pale or naturally tan, you can always add a few levels or even just get a nice glow that makes summer nail colors really stand out.

While nails especially look great with a tan and add an important extra element to any outfit. If you’re not the type that likes to lay out in the sun (and you want to be especially careful with your skin), then opt for a spray-tan or an at-home tanning lotion. Make sure to apply either before you do your nails, especially if they’re a light color!

If you’re looking to do your own get nails at home, head here for my full guide! It’s a quick and easy way to get gorgeous nails all summer long without having to sit and pay at a salon.xo, Alex