Try Something New This Summer: Nail Art That’s a Total Vibe

Try Something New This Summer: Nail Art That’s a Total Vibe

I love nail trends. To me, how you choose to paint your nails says just as much about your personality as how you dress or what color your hair is. I also love how your manicure can be so easily changed. You can play around with wild trends and funky designs without any kind of long-term commitment, which means there are lots of opportunities for low-stress fun.

Now that things are slowly getting back to normal here in the States, I’ve started looking around at summer nail trends so that I can treat myself to an art-worthy manicure.

If you have more skill and patience than I do, you can totally DIY all of these summer nail trends! However, if you’re like me and can barely be bothered to slap on a single color of polish (seriously, why does it take so long?!), save this post to share with your nail tech on your next salon visit!



I don’t know if you guys went through a phase like this when you were kids, but when I was younger, I was obsessed with having nails that were different colors. I would pick a set of colors (usually blues and purples) and paint each nail a different shade.

Did it look as cool as I thought it did? Probably not. But now! Now, this is a legit trend, so I feel a little bit validated. There are a few different ways to make the colorblocking nail trend happen, so you can be as subtle or in-your-face about it as you want.

I’ve seen some manicures that feature wildly different neon shades on each nail, but I’ve also seen manis that only have one or two colors. These usually have truly colorblocked nails (e.g., half the nail is one color and half another), so the effect is even cooler. You can even mix and match these two variations of colorblocking to make a unique manicure that’s perfectly you.



I don’t think I’m patient enough to DIY this summer nail trend (nails are my beauty weakness), but I love it. I especially love just how creative you can be with how you ombre! I’ve seen whole-hand color gradients (like this totally amazing mani), but I’ve also seen beautiful, subtle gradients on each nail (like this sparkly celestial ombre!).


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Tips With a Twist

As much as I love looking at the wild, bright, and abstract art that some of these nail salons create, those looks are a little too far out of my comfort zone, so I don’t usually participate in the super-bold mani trends whenever they come around.

This summer though, I might just end up trying something a little crazy! One of the newer summer nail trends that I’ve seen is to have fun and funky tips while leaving the rest of the nail a glossy nude shade.

I have a few friends who have already hopped onto this bandwagon, and after browsing some Instagram and Pinterest hashtags, I want to try it too!

I like this vibrant mani because it combines colorbocking with the tips-only trend. Plus, it gives me big ’90s energy, and I’m always here for that.


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I also like the manicures that have artsy, minimalist designs on the tips. It’s easy for nail art to get a little overwhelming, so I think that the balance of a nude, glossy nail with just a little bit of funky design on the tip (like this) is the perfect way to have your cake and eat it too.


DIY Tips and Tricks

Yes, I know I mentioned at the beginning of this post that I’m not big on DIY’ing anything cute or complicated on my own nails. These tricks aren’t from me! I asked some friends and did some research to find these at-home mani tips for you. I might even get crazy and try them myself!

1. Use washi tape

If you’re going to be colorblocking, washi tape is a staple. It helps you get clean, crisp lines, but it’s gentle enough not to rip off any underlayers of polish when you peel it up. Who knew!

summer nail

2. Invest in some liquid latex polish

I didn’t know this existed until relatively recently, but it seems like the kind of thing that could make painting my nails less of a headache. It’s basically a special peel-off polish that acts as a barrier between your skin and your actual nail polish. Brush it onto your skin, paint your nails like usual, and then peel it off when you’re done. Voila! No more messy manicures.

3. DIY longer nails

You don’t have to invest in acrylics to get those long, enviable nails that you always see in nail salons. You can buy glue-on nail tips that can add a little bit of length and strength to your natural nail, or you can try your hand at building up polygel nail tips (like these).

What do you think about these bold, summer nail trends? Will you try any of them out? Let me know in the comments!


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