Summer nail designs are always bright and playful. Long gone are the days of short, boring nails. Modern nails have blossomed with new shapes, styles, and designs. Nail art is a fun way to express yourself and access your summer wardrobe.
In this article, look for the hottest looks for summer nail designs for this year. Additionally, included are tips on how to best protect your nails and hands during those hot and humid summer months.
Hottest Summer Nail Designs 2023
Ombre Nail Art
Ombre is all the rage with both hairstyles and summer nail art. There are numerous ways to incorporate gorgeous color schemes into ombre nails. From bold and bright to soft, delicate pastels, ombre nails can dress up any summer look.
Bold and Bright Nail Designs
Summer means sunshine. Embracing neon shades is perfectly acceptable when it comes to summer nail designs.
Pastel Nail Art
Bright colors aren’t for everyone. Those who prefer softer colors opt for pastel hues. Pastels are especially stunning with French manicures.
Fruit, Flora, and Fauna Nail Art
Do you love all things nature? How about daisies or sunflowers or roses? Flowers and plants are always a great choice for summer nails. Not to mention fruit… from cherries to watermelon and more, there are so many cute ideas for summer nature designs for nails.
Beach Themed Nail Art
Most of us equate summer with the beach. Beach, ocean, and nautical-themed nails are perfect for summer! Mermaids, palm trees, anchors…the options are endless!
Silver or Gold Summer Nails
Need a fancy design for your summer nails? Silver and gold are always in fashion and will look stunning with any summer outfit. They are perfect for weddings and formal events as well!
We hope these ideas for summer nail art have inspired you. Now let’s talk about nail care to maintain those sassy summer nails!
Nail Care for Summer Nail Designs
- Hydrate your hands and feet daily
Our bodies need water to thrive and survive. The same is true for our nails…on both our hands and feet.
Drinking water is the obvious solution. However, we should also moisturize our hands and feet at least once daily. Cuticle oil and lotions are an essential part of your self-care routine when it comes to nail care. Apply both to your hands and feet in the morning, after swimming, and before bed.
- Take care of your nails after swimming
Both salt water and chlorine will wreak havoc with even the best cared-for manicure and pedicure. Before going in the water, take the time to put on an extra-strength top coat to protect your summer nails. As well it will help protect your cuticles, which get dry and can peel from chemicals such as chlorine.
- Take a break from manicures and pedicures every few weeks.
Everyone loves nail designs and wants to splurge on manis and pedis all summer long. And we get this, and you always want to look your best. However, our nails need time to breathe. It is wise to remove your nail polish or gel or acrylic nails for a time to protect the health of your nails. Your cuticles will thank you; best of all, new summer nail designs are waiting for you after your break.
- Consider short nail designs for the summer.
Yes, we all love coffin nails, stiletto nails, and other stunning long nails. However, if you lead an active lifestyle in the summer, you might want to consider short nails for the summer months. Round, oval, or square nails are popular shapes for short nails. And you won’t have to worry about your nails breaking, chipping, or fading while playing volleyball, surfing, or water-skiing. And you can always go back to long nails once summer is over!
- Sunscreen is your best defense against dry cuticles
Sunscreen is a must to protect our skin from damaging ultraviolet rays. This is especially crucial for our hands and feet. Too much sun can really damage our nail health. Apply quality sunscreen to your hands and nails, paying extra attention to your cuticles whenever spending any time outside this summer.
Check out some sassy summer nail designs below for inspiration!