30 Joy-Inducing Nail-Art Pictures We Can't Stop Looking At

Colourful Nail Art:

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Aude Julie

Much like our wardrobes, our beauty looks also brighten when the summer months hit. We rose our cheeks and add pops of coral to our lips, but nails? That's where the fun is. Acting as a blank canvas to the various polishes at our disposal, our nails afford us the perfect opportunity to let our personalities shine through—perhaps even more so than the clothes we wear. So now that nail salons are beginning to reopen, we thought it was the perfect time to collate some colourful nail-art options in one place. 

Ahead of reuniting with our technicians, whose steady hands and precision painting we've sorely missed, we began saving amazing nail-art pictures to bring with us for inspiration. We found that many of our favourite styles fell into one of six categories. 

From the new way to sport French tips to creations that wouldn't look out of place hanging on the walls of the Tate Modern, here is some of the beautiful, brightly coloured nail art out there to consider. 

ABSTRACT

Colourful Nail Art: @heartzeena's abstract nails

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@heartzeena

Using a thin paintbrush, add spots of black to give your abstract mani an '80s feel. 

Colourful Nail Art: @celmatique abstract nails

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@celmatique

White polish will create the perfect canvas to get experimental on top of. 

If you're trying it at home, it's a great way of utilising underused polishes. 

You just can't beat yellows and oranges to put you in a happy mood. 

Perfectionists can also work the abstract nail-art trend by keeping the pattern the same on each nail. 

BRIGHT FRENCH TIPS

The subtle pointed negative space will give the illusion of longer nails. 

Who said you need to keep the rest of your nail bare? 

Colourful Nail Art: @oliveandjune's bright French tips

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@oliveandjune

Switch up the colour of your French tips for a fun spin. 

Colourful Nail Art: @asos_lotte's bright French tips

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@asos_lotte

Lime-green tips will give any ensemble you wear a summery finish. 

Colourful Nail Art: @imarninails bright French tips

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@imarninails

Can't decide on just one hue? Go for them all! 

FLORAL

Use a bright base colour to make your daisy nails pop. 

Colourful Nail Art: @heartzeena's floral nails

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@heartzeena

Alternate the size of your blooms.

Colourful Nail Art: @thatsaleaf's floral nails

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@thatsaleaf

We love how Elif has paired her sweet floral manicure with chunky gold rings. 

Colourful Nail Art: @nnennaechem's floral nails

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@nnennaechem

Create a rainbow palette with bright shades underneath one-tone flowers. 

Colourful Nail Art: @thehangedit's floral nails

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@thehangedit

Or use negative space to enhance your floral nail-art creation. 

PASTEL RAINBOW

Colourful Nail Art: @emmanuellek_'s pastel rainbow nails

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@emmanuellek_

Emmanuelle demonstrates the perfect pastel rainbow. 

Colourful Nail Art: @claire_most's pastel rainbow nails

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@claire_most

We love how Claire styles her pastel manicure with powdery lilac trousers. 

Colourful Nail Art: @livpurvis's pastel rainbow nails

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@livpurvis

Liv's ice cream shades are making us yearn for a day at the seaside. 

Colourful Nail Art: @aude_julie's pastel rainbow nails

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@aude_julie

Don't be afraid to go for pastel neons, as Aude-Julie has done. 

Colourful Nail Art: @oliveandjune's pastel rainbow nails

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@oliveandjune

Simple, but so effective. 

FRUITY

Combining two colourful nail-art trends in one with bright French tips and cherry motifs. 

We can't get over these cute little tangies. 

Colourful Nail Art: @oliveandjune mixed-fruit nails

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@oliveandjune

Use all of your nails to create an impossibly cute fruit salad. 

Colourful Nail Art: @imarninails's peach fruit nails

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@imarninails

You needn't have fruit on each nail. Instead, you can paint your remaining talons a coordinating shade. 

Colourful Nail Art: @thehangedit's lemon fruit nails

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@thehangedit

So beautiful. 

POLKA DOT

If you prefer your nail art to be pared-back, this polka-dot option is sure to appease. 

Colourful Nail Art: @heartzeena's polka dot nails

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@heartzeena

Your polka dots don't have to be perfectly formed, either. Have fun with different sizes, and if you make a mistake, embrace it. 

Colourful Nail Art: @thehangedit's polka dot nails

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@thehangedit

The clashing colours are grounded by the fact that the polka dots remain consistent. 

Why not add adorable smiley faces to your polka-dot nail art? 

Colourful Nail Art: @imarninails's polka dot nails

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@imarninails

Or keep things classic with primary colours. 

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