Perfect Summer Nails: 38 Top Vacation Nail Design Ideas for 2018

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Are you ready to see brand new manicure ideas for this summer? We feel you need some fresh inspiration right now. Agree, we are all tired of all those old pictures on Pinterest. Here you will find info about summer nail colors, photos of cute summer nails, and a ton of pics with summer vacation designs & nails for the beach!

Summer Nail Colors: Trendy and Popular

Actually, there are no strict rules here. You may choose your favourite shades and have fun, be it a bright red or a neon orange. However, we will give you some recommendations, but the right to follow this advice or not is yours, you choose.

The most trendy summer nail colors are the following:

– light blue (sea… sky… cool water…)
– sand shade, bright yellow and orange (remind us of fruits, sunny weather and summer beach )
– white (the most universal shade, see below why:) )
– pastel pink (the most girlish shade ever known)
– red nails (coral shade, vampire-red, deep dark red)
green & greenery (thanks to Pantone and those trendy tropical swimsuits every girl now craves)
– beige (nude is always trendy, even in summer)

1. Beach themed nails with seashells.

Let`s start to consider summer nail designs. If you don`t want to choose one solid color, choose some beach themed design. You can`t go wrong with such cute seashell elements on your nails. And this trendy light blue color is a great fit for all your summer dresses!

seashell-nail-design
@lapaloma_boutique

2. Sharks on your nails.

Wow, these nails really make statement. Want to make smth. special on your nails on the beach day, choose it!

summer-nails-with-bubbles-sun-and-shark
@moyou_london

3. Summer acrylic nails.

In trendy orange hue, with ombreed tips and.. with piercing! Something new, don`t you think so?

summer-acrylic-nails-with-piercing
@nail_sunny

4. Swimsuit nail design.

Copy the design of your swimsuit onto your nails and be the queen of the beach, baby!

swim-suit-nail-design
@gabbysnailart

5. Geometric designs.

The options are endless – you may paint dots, strips or chevrons on your nails, just choose a light base for your design and some bright nail polishes for geometric elements and be creative. Glitter is also an option.

colorful-summer-nails
@so_nailicious

6. Summer acrylic nails with clear tips.

If you have gems and golden stickers, you are a winner!) Because you may combine them as you wish and every time get a new fresh mani.

acrylic-nail-art-for-summer
@tres_she

7. Cherry nail design.

Our favourite summer fruits on your nails will looks super-stylish.
What a tasty nail design!

summer-cherry-nails
@nail_sunny

8. Beach themed coctail nail design.

One of the main noticeable trends on Instagram this summer – nails with coctail drawings. The author of this design went further. All elements here are 3D.

cocktail-beach-nails
@nail_art_store

9. Fruit summer nails.

Ideal summer nail art has to be fun. How can we omit fruits? They look soooo fresh and sunny! Try right now!

lemon-nails-kiwi-pineapple-nails
@nailartist_vseyarusi

10. Green leaves on nails.

This print became one of the most popular this summer – we see it on T-shirts, crop-tops, dresses, swim suits.
Add to any of these cloths bright summer mani with green leaves and you can call yourself a real fashionista, who is in trend from her head to her toe!

leaves-nail-design
@handjobsbyallison

11. Pastel rainbow nails.

Remind us of candies. Mis any pastel colors you like and you will get a cute summer manicure. Be creative!

candy-nail-art-for-summer-months
@shannasnailadventures

12.Cute flower nail design.

These cute summer nails are very easy to recreate. You don`t have to draw anything, you may just use a slider,
and the perfect flowers are on your nails. Add sunny yellow color, sky-blue shade and darker blue glitter, and you are summer-ready!

summer-flower-nail-design
@shannasnailadventures

13. Pastel nail design with dots.

It`s like mehandi – with a lot of dots, but in pastel sunny colors. And, once again, this design is perfectly easy to make!

pastel-dots-nail-design
@svetanail417

14. Nude+greenery nail design.

We all sometimes need super-easy DIY ideas for our nails. If you have no more than 5 minutes for your mani, try this trendy variant. The base is nude (choose slightly rosy or warm beige, as you wish), the ‘brush strockes’ are in the shade of greenery.

white-and-green-nails-for-summer-season
@nagelfuchs

15. Different manicure on each hand.

Among the most popular nail designs for summer we noticed one very interesting trend – making different nails design on each hand. If you can`t choose between a bright design and a more formal one, this creative idea is for you!

different-nail-designs-on-hands
@ardeewa_nails_pnz

16. Watermelon nails.

Easy to create even if your drawing skills are not perfect. Three shades and you get the cutest summer nail design.

watermelon-nails-for-summer
@ambellas_nails

17. Fanta nail design.

White base pairs well with all summery bright colors. Orange is not the exception. Just look how great it looks!

orange-fanta-nail-design
@_hannahweir_

18. Miami beach nail design.

Here we see pretty summer nail colors – pink and purple, in a marvelous ombre design. Palm trees are a must-try in summer, so include such beach-ready design into your wish-list immediately, it really looks gorgeous during summer vacation.

palm-tree-nails
@_hannahweir_

19. Ice-cream nail design.

Cotton-candy colors plus cute ice-cream design = a trendy girlish mani for this summer. Be colorful, be bright and bold this season!

summer-ice-cream-nails
@silvia_nail_master

20. Palm-tree nail design.

All nails white, one nail mint-green and with dark palm tree silhouettes – you don`t even need to draw those plants,
you may paint all nails solid and use nail stickers! How much time do you need for it? 10 minutes, not more!

pretty-summer-beach-nails
@gabbysnailart

21. Fruit nails for the beach.

If you are in search of really bright and bold nails for the beach, look no more! Kiwi nail design is one of the most frequently asked, as nail masters report. Don`t forget to make those water drops on the top layer of your mani, they will freshen your design even more.

white-and-green-kiwi-nails
@masya_kristina

22. Dreamcatcher on your nails.

Boho-style and summer – what a logical combination! Spend this summer joyfully!

dreamcatcher-boho-nail-art
@blissfullyheather

23. Gold fish nail art.

May all your wishes come true this summer – and there is nothing we can add more to this mani! ^)

golden-fish-nail-design-for-summer
@cupcakepolish

24. Pink flamingo nails, cactus nails, leaves nails.

Popular nail designs for the beach this year include manicures with flamingos, cactuses and leaves. Combine all these prints in one nail design and enjoy summer vacations!

summer-flamingo-and-cactus-nails
@evartnailart

25. Bright ombre nails.

Green to yellow ombre looks super-fresh and stylish on summer nails. Consider this nail art if you are going on a picnic or barbecue.

yellow-and-green-ombre-nails-for-summer
@_hannahweir_

26. Colorful summer nails.

Upgrade your white summer manicure by drawing simple crossed lines. Each nail – different colour, it will boost your mood literally in a minute!

colorful-geometric-nails-for-hot-weather
@alena_nailart

27. Colorful French manicure.

Looking for vacation nail designs, that are bright enough to feel the summer vibes, but formal at the same time? Try your favourite French manicure… but with a little ‘twist’. Tip your nails with several bold colors. Yellow, blue and pink will be a great fit for your summer French!

french-for-beach-vacation
@sv_romanovska

28. Sea star nail design, ice cream, desserts.

Here you see 5 different ideas, perfect for summer. We swear you like at least one of them! Choose the sea star for your beach weekend, ice cream for dinners with friends, bows for more formal events.

pretty-sea-star-nails
@galya_zzz

29. Cocktail nails.

We regularly see such nail designs on Instagram among the top-trendy ideas. Summer parties are waiting for you, show yourself in the best possible light.

summer-vacation-sea-themed-nails
@galya_zzz

30. Beach themed vacation nail art.

Palm trees, sandy beach, flip-flops, sea stars and sea shells – choose the idea you like the most and call your nail master. May your summer be the best!

beach-and-sea-themed-nails
@nail_marina_disign

31. Pastel geometric nails for summer.

Cute women`s nail art, in pastel shades, with simple geometric design – everything girls love so much during summer months. Works for every occasion, be it a prom, a wedding party or office routine.

pastel-nails-for-summer-season
@anastasya_kurilo

32. Glamourous palm-tree nail design.

Add golden accents to your nails for that extra glamorous effect. These summer acrylic nails are super-stylish and will pair especially well with white dress and tanned skin.

summer-white-and-gold-nails
@thenailistaproject

33. Summer vacation nails with butterflies

Fun nails with cute designs will be always in trend during summer. Consider butterflies to make your summer easy-going and carefree.

hot-butterfly-nails
@ksusha_perwushina

34. Abstract nail design.

Bloggers revealed us this season nail designs, which imitate brush strokes. Abstract drawings on nails are not just cute, but also very easy to copy. Add foil for extra wow-effect.

colorful-foil-nail-design-as-summer-trend
@paulinaspassions

35. Nail design with sunglasses.

Pink nails are our top choice this season. Think pink nails are boring? Think twice! Add neon glasses to the solid base color and your are ready to have fun. Spice up your summer vacation!

sunglasses-nail-design
@gabbysnailart

36. Mermaid nails for summer.

Beach vacation nail designs simply can`t be boring! Mermaid theme will help your spend your summer creatively.

sea-girl-mermaid-nails
@serimeow

Summer nails have never looked so cool! Choose one of these ideas and don`t waste your summer! Have a nice time!

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