26 Colourful Nail Designs I'm Saving for My Next Nail Appointment

Having your nails done is one of the greatest beauty joys. Whether you switch your manicure up every time by opting for some nail art or are loyal to a classic pink manicure, there is something about having a new set of nails that brings instant joy. You can't beat the feeling of perfectly shaped nails paired with some cuticle work and a fresh varnish to make your hands look more polished.

However, there is something to be said for throwing caution to the wind and choosing a bold and bright manicure. It feels so right for summer, especially now that holiday-and-wedding season is upon us. Whether it's a bold swipe of pistachio green all over your nails, pastel abstract swirls in clashing colours or a slither of neon painted along your tips, there are so many ways to experiment with colourful nail designs. Can't decide on one colour? Choose them all and paint a hue on each nail. It's the beauty version of dopamine dressing. Plus, there's something about this summer that feels right to experiment with all the colours of the rainbow, whether it's at the nail salon or experimenting with a DIY mani.

colourful nail deigns @sashamei

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We've seen plenty of colourful manicures on our feeds lately, so it seems that everyone is ripping up the rule book of what a traditional manicure should look like. With so many designs to choose from, we saved some of our favourite colourful nail designs that we've spotted lately. There are plenty of designs to get some inspiration.

1. Colourful French Tips

colourful French tips @amaka.hamelijnck

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Colourful French tips are a winner year-round.

@leatngu colourful French tips

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We love seeing a different hue on each nail.

@harrietwestmoreland colourful French tips

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A reverse French along the half-moon on the nail bed gives a standard French manicure an unexpected twist.

@harrietwestmoreland colourful French tips

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We love the pastel colour combination of this micro French manicure.

colourful French tips @nailsbymh

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Who says a French manicure has to be in block colours? These shimmering chrome tips are bringing us joy.

2. Multi-Tonal Hues

colourful multi-tonal nails @champagnemani

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When you can't decide what colour to pick, choose them all. We love these muted yet colourful pairings.

Pink and green should always be seen.

@bettina_looney multi-tonal nails

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How fun are these sangria tones?

@thatsaleaf multi-tonal nails

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Cheerful brights look brilliant on short, square nails.

3. Bold and Bright

@bettina_looney bright nails

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A single colour in a bright hue is a great option if you're usually a nail minimalist. You can never go wrong with a red-orange shade.

@browngirlhands bright nails

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Lilac isn't going anywhere, and we love this punchy shade.

@browngirlhands bright nails

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A soft pistachio green brightens your nails and your spirits.

@nailsbymh bright nails

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Bright blue suits everyone.

4. Colourful Nail Art

@amaka.hamelijnck colourful nail art

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The beauty of nail art is that you can dial it up or down to suit your personality and style. This subtle yet colourful flower art is so pretty.

@leatngu colourful nail art

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Dial it up by pairing it with a bold French tip.

@betina_goldstein colourful nail art

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Dip a toe (or a fingernail) into the trend by keeping the nail art to just your tips. This is a great way to make your manicure last longer, as the regrowth will be less noticeable.

@lauraelizabethklein colourful nail art

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For the nail maximalists, a design on each nail looks so cool.

@leatngu colourful nail art

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Mix and match different designs on your nails within the same hue.

@nevillehairandbeauty colourful nails

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This dotted design is going to be everywhere this summer.

@thatsaleaf colourful nail art

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Green is big news this summer, and we're taking this look straight to the salon.

@thatsaleaf colourful nail art

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Pick-and-mix nails at their best.

5. Colourful Abstract Nails

@amaka.hamelijnck colourful abstract nail art

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Dabble in the colourful nail design trend by opting for negative-space nails. Simply apply a sheer or neutral base and apply bold colours in different shapes on each nail.

@amaka.hamelijnck colourful abstract nail art

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We're in love with these negative-space swirls.

@amaka.hamelijnck colourful abstract nail art

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Experiment with placement and bold hues.

@sasha.mei  colourful abstract nail art

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Grab every nail polish you own and apply a different shade to a different section of your nails.

@thehangedit colourful nail art

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These squiggly negative-space nails are so much fun.

Shop Colourful Nails

An essential for ensuring your nails have a smooth base for your varnish.

This blue looks just as great on its own as it does paired with other bright colours.

The perfect colourful green that will also look amazing on your dressing table. We're calling this shade one of the best nail colours of 2022.

A great at-home gel kit to experiment with colourful nail designs.

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