The Best Instagram Nail Inspiration to Get You in a Summer Mood

The Best Instagram Nail Inspiration to Get You in a Summer Mood

Now that I’m fully vaccinated, one of the things I’m looking forward to finally doing after a year and a half is getting my nails done. Having my long acrylics was one of the joys of my life before the pandemic, and being able to get them done again actually makes me feel a bit teary-eyed.

That being said, I’ve been saving all of my favorite nail art to show to my nail tech for my first appointment, and I thought I’d share some of my faves with you as a bit of a late spring, early summer nail art inspiration. Keep scrolling for my fave summer nail art!

 

Neutral Tones

As much as I love bright, bold colors, more neutral nudes with a bit of cute nail art has really been speaking to me. This set features a lot of my favorite things—animal print, asymmetrical doodles, and fun line art.

 

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A post shared by Canishiea J. Sams (@nailsbycanishiea)

 

Cherry Tips

Not gonna lie, I love that my early 2000s staple (the French tip) is making a comeback. Adding the cherry detail takes the look from basic to something extremely cute, and I live!

 

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A post shared by Lauren ✨ (@lolo.nailedit)

 

Nude and Florals

Words can’t describe how obsessed I am with this design. I love the simplicity of a nude nail with a bit of gorgeous floral art. Honestly, it’s making me rethink getting acrylics and strictly getting gel with some nail art.

 

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‘70s Groovy Waves

If you like your nail art on the more artsy side, this is the nail art for you. It reminds me of a retro soda can in the best way

 

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Jade

Crystal and gemstone nails are all the rage for summer. This one, inspired by jade, is giving me the ultimate summer vibes. I just *love* the green color.

 

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A post shared by Amy Le (@amyle.nails)

 

Neon Orange

When I saw this nail color, I actually gasped. Is there any shade of orange more perfect for the summer? It reminds me of a mimosa, brunch with friends, and lots of sunshine—all of the best things about summer all rolled into one.

 

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A post shared by Melanie (@overglowedit)

 

Simple Stripes

Sometimes something simple like stripes can be taken to the next level with gorgeous hues and a bit of ombré action.

 

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A post shared by Alicia Torello (@aliciatnails)

 

Smiley Faces

After the collective year of grief and trauma and isolation that we’ve had, I think it’s safe to say that adding some happy, smiling faces to our nails is one of the best things we can do for self-care. I’m all about the good vibes!

 

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A post shared by Thao (@bluesy_nails)

 

Negative Space and Cow Print

If you didn’t know, cow print is *the* print of 2021. I love the idea of incorporating negative space onto the nail—it’s so visually appealing!

 

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A post shared by Alicia Torello (@aliciatnails)

 

Classic Pink Ombré

And when all else fails, I have my all-time favorite nail design to fall back on—the pink ombré. It’s interesting enough to add lots of impact, but it’s not distracting, which is helpful if you have a job where nail art is frowned upon.

 

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What are your favorite nail art inspirations for the summer? Leave them in the comments!

 

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