11 Nail Trends That'll Be Everywhere This Summer

In terms of beauty, nothing has the power to transition your look through different seasons quite like a manicure or nail art. Just as moody tones are synonymous with winter, bright and bold hues go hand in hand with summer styling, and that's precisely what we're seeing more of in terms of nails right now. 

You need only scroll on Instagram to see that colourful manicures are currently trending, as are fresh shades of blue and green. Nail art is once again proving seriously popular, with everything from pastels to the multicoloured French tips making an appearance on our feeds. 

But which summer nail trend is right for you? To help you decide, we've rounded up 11 must-know looks for you to consider. Scroll on to see them and to shop the varnishes and tools you need to re-create them for yourself. 

1. COLOURFUL FRENCH

Summer Nail Trends: @overglowedit with a rainbow French manicure

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French tips are back on the manicure agenda, with fashion types opting for colourful ends. Go all out with one colour or a different shade on each nail.

2. CHECKERBOARD

Summer Nail Trends: @thehangedit with a checkerboard manicure

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@thehangedit

Having already taken over our wardrobes, checkerboard patterns are cropping up on nails, too. If it's your first attempt, try creating the look with bigger squares, and use nail-art tape to keep your lines sharp.

Summer Nail Trends: @emmanuellek_ with a white manicure

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@emmanuellek_

White hues always make a comeback for summer and present a way for minimalists to get in on trending nail looks. 

4. DEEP BLUE

From cobalt blue to ultramarine, blue nails are big news for summer 2022. Opt for a deeper shade with a glossy topcoat for a chic way to transition your fingertips into summer.

5. NEGATIVE SPACE 

This is another pared-back take on nail art. Use a super-glossy bottom and topcoat to ensure your negative-space nails look as premium as possible. 

6. MICRO NAIL ART

Want something more minimalistic? Enter micro nail art. Whether you opt for dots, hearts or flowers, use a nail dotting tool for precision, or cheat with nail stickers and seal with a topcoat.

7. GREEN

If white isn't your thing, give your talons a fashionable spin with this season's trending green hue. Pistachio and grass hues are a forward-fashion bet.

Summer Nail Trends: @nnennaechem with a mix and match manicure

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@nnennaechem

If you can't decide which colour to go for, why not wear one on each finger? I'm indecisive and swear by this trick. 

9. SWIRLS

Summer Nail Trends: @celmatique with a swirly manicure

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@celmatique

It might look tricky to re-create, but dotting a small amount of nail polish in different hues onto your nail and mixing it with a wooden nail-art tool will help you achieve this cool, swirled effect. 

10. GRAPHIC LINES

Got a steady hand? Channel your inner Picasso with graphic lines. Choose a neutral base to add polish and showcase your artistic flair with a superfine brush on top.

11. POLKA DOT 

Already invested in a dotting tool? Put it to good use to quickly rustle up this polka-dot manicure. Wait for the dots to dry, and then apply a layer of topcoat for an ultra-glossy finish. 

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