Stars! Tie-dye! Watermelons! Your nails are ready to play in the sparkling sun. With these easy-to-replicate manicures, nail are has never looked so cool for the summer.
The trendiest plant, reimagined in a perfect summer-ready mani.
Who needs a trip to Hawaii when your nails look like they've been there all year? (Okay, we still want that vacation, though.)
Recreate magic hour on your nails to enjoy the soft, ethereal colors of a sunset all day long.
A pretty lilac nail gets a hint of geometric edge thanks to micro-triangles in a deeper royal hue.
Want a simple way to upgrade your favorite Essie nude? Draw a skinny line of gold glitter down the center of each nail and watch how pretty the metallic looks glinting in the summer sun.
You'll need a super-skinny, flat nail art brush to achieve this rainbow blur — moving the brush horizontally across the nail pushes two nail polish hues into each other, blending them seamlessly.
The top of your nails aren't the only part you can paint — your undersides can be incorporated, too! Play it cool and neutral in a nude nail color on top, then add a bright tangerine shade to the underside.
This geometric design is totally modern, but the muted shades keep it from looking over the top.
What could be better than a cool slice of watermelon on a hot summer day? Watermelon nail art, of course. Impress your friends with this adorable look that makes your hands stand out.
You've seen plenty of reverse French tip manis, but this one trades the typical oval-shapes or circular moons for a zig-zag design instead — and uses four gorgeous summer shades to boot.
Show off your love for traveling with this vintage road map design. Don't worry if it looks complicated — the design isn't freehanded. All you need is white polish, clear polish, rubbing alcohol, and a map.
Combine your patriotism and your love for nail art with this ultra-cool ombre stenciled star tutorial.
Summer nail art doesn't have to be bright to make a big impact. This blush-colored polish is pretty on its own, but the white dots around the edges make it really pop.
Show off your love for your favorite citrus with these bright orange slice nails.
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For something that's extra funky, try this red, white, and blue nail art tutorial that combines sparkles, stripes, and patriotic shades.
Pop this friendly little starfish atop your ombre nails for a beach-ready manicure that adds flair to any summer look.
Andy Warhol (and Curious George) would definitely approve of these bold pop art banana nails.
Stripes are fun, but trying to make them absolutely perfect can feel a little rigid for summer. Take a break from straight lines and try this cute tie-dye manicure instead.
Palm tree nail art can look cartoonish, but when you use a delicate pastel base color and make your trees a chic shade of purple, they look more sophisticated and fun.
This mani may look complicated, but it just takes a little patience and a steady hand — or at least a bit of striping tape. Swap the colors for other shades throughout the summer to match all your favorite outfits and special occasions.
Why pick one pattern when you can do three — or one color when you can do five? Take your nail art to the next level with a complex mani that's totally worth a little extra time.
Reminiscent of an ice-cold blue, raspberry, and cherry combo Slurpie, this wavy nail art is so perfect for warm weather.
Minty green middles, tickle-me-pink tips, and negative space moons make this bright, bold manicure a winner all around.
What says "summer" more than ice cream? Answer: Nothing! When the weather gets warm, opt for a manicure that's good enough to eat.
Elongate short nails and make use of all your favorite polishes with a cool, '70s-inspired chevron design that stacks up different shades.
On top of being a seriously pretty shade of pink, this cool mani features an accent nail that's three-dimensional. Have you ever seen a better use of the stiletto nail shape? Neither have we.
Sunny yellow may not be the first shade you reach for when doing your nails, but a funky negative space manicure like this one could make you warm up to a canary color.
If you want to play with multiple shades that work day or night, go for this color blocked nail art. If these summer brights are too wild for you, trade them in for three shades that all belong to the same color family — for example, baby blue, cerulean, and navy.
Play with primary colors for this bright nail design, a.k.a. the perfect manicure to wear to the beach.
One part cute and two parts fun, this delightful ice cream manicure looks good enough to eat. Not only does it show off your sweet side, it looks totally elegant on long, uniform nails.