Summer Nail Trends


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Summer Nail Trends

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By Katie Saxon

Are you excited for the sun and heat of the summer? We’re looking forward to shedding the jackets, baring our arms and legs, and…all the creative summer nail art that is popping up on fingers and toes everywhere!

For summer, we’re seeing that anything and everything goes when it comes to nail art! Nail technicians coming up with never-seen-before designs and nail polish companies created finishes beyond lacquer and matte that have truly revolutionized the industry. By pairing different colors, finishes, and designs, nail artists can customize almost any look you can think of. Never has nail art been so creative!

Glistening Ocean Manicure: One new nail design that is showing up on hands everywhere is a teal blue manicure featuring glittery gold or silver tips. The glamorous teal hue evokes images of shimmering oceanic waves on summer beach days, and the gold or silver sparkles make the manicure perfect for a classy affair.


Neon Geometrics: Nothing says, “I’m a fabulous fashionista ready for summer fun!” more than a dark mani with geometric neon lines crisscrossing over each nail. To do this funky nail design, paint your nails with a coat of neon orange, neon yellow, neon pink, or neon green and let dry. Then take thin pieces of tape and place them on the first nail in a geometric pattern. Paint over the nail and tape strips with two coats of dark blue, black, or dark gray, then take the tape off while the polish is still wet. Let dry then add a clear topcoat. Do this process for the rest of the nails and voilà! You have an exciting neon geometric mani that is ready to turn heads at your summer beach parties and poolside barbeques!   



Nice Neutral Nails: The pale nail trend from the Spring 2013 season continues, as you’ll notice clear, white, light grey, and flesh tone polishes on those who prefer the minimalist look. Barely-there nails are perfect for being understated or natural, whether you’re dressing up or dressing down. This look works especially well when you want your outfit to do the talking.





Dark Green: Polishes in olive and dark green are Summer 2013’s breakout trend. These hues celebrate the pretty palm tree fronds you see on your excursions to the beach!



Bits of Metallic: If you like a little bling on your nails, embrace the bit of metallic trend for your next manicure. Manicurists are highlighting nails with stripes, shapes, and random designs against both colorful and dark backgrounds, alike. Metallic polishes work well when you’d like a hint of fancy with your look.





Messy Glittered Two-Tone Mani: Two-toned manicures were huge in the fall and spring seasons, with women adorning each nail with contrasting colors in patterns like bright diagonal tips and ombre. The two-toned manicure trend is also popular this summer, but the design has a whole new look! Now manicurists are jazzing nails up with messy and glittered two-tone manicures, a design featuring a solid coat of black or dark blue nail polish with an “explosion” of silver or gold glitter around the base of each nail. This lovely manicure celebrates all the city lights you see on warm summer nights!



Bold Textured Nails: Edgy nails featuring pointy or “bloody” vampire-esque tips were huge in Spring 2013, and brave and unique manicures are also a major Summer 2013 trend. Amazing new “textured” nail designs are popular this summer season, with manicurists employing fabulous new finishes like leather, crocodile, and speckled bird’s eggs. Nail polish companies are also creating fascinating and unusual effects in a bottle, with the latest one being polish that imparts a concrete-like finish on your nails. Another trick to keep your nails distinctive and bold is to use dark colors, red and burgundy, or metallics. Combine all of theses colors in one manicure for a standout design that’ll bring you many compliments.


Multi-Colored Polka Dots: On hot summer days, who doesn’t love yummy ice cream or frozen yogurt coated with colorful candy sprinkles? Celebrate this tasty summer tradition with a cute and stylish multi-colored polka-dot manicure! Paint your nails a vanilla white and let dry, then, using a toothpick, paint little “sprinkle” dots all over each nail using different colored polishes. Let dry then add a clear topcoat to complete the look.

Accent Nail Design: A trend that debuted a couple years ago and will be seen throughout the summer is painting a complementary design on one nail from each hand. These individual nails may have stripes, diagonals, polka dots, or any number of designs. Accent nail design is a great way to try a combination of color and finishes, without making a huge statement.

Nail Decals, Stickers, and Kits: Nail decals have been around for a while; however, it’s not just about adding a simple sticker in your manicure anymore. Now, the more elements you add to your nails, the better. Kits now have leather, paper, colored stones, studs, glitter, and small pearls. Remember, if you’re doing a lot with your nails, choose a minimalist look for your attire.

Pedicure Trends: What looks good on the hands also looks good on the feet, as the same manicure designs will also be adorning well-pedicured feet. Of course, you may choose to not do the exact same thing on your hands as on your feet. It’s probably a better idea to pick a color from your multi-colored manicure and polish your toes that color. Or, you can choose a color from your multi-colored pedicure and paint your nails with that color. Don’t commit mani/pedi overkill by having competing designs on your hands and feet.

A few of the trends we saw in the spring as well as new color combinations and finishes are making their way onto the nails of trendy ladies everywhere this summer season. Why not pick your favorite polish combinations and try a new look this summer?

About Katie Saxon

Katie Saxton is the founder of CustomNailSolutions a renowned blogger and regular contributor to TV, radio, print and online media, on topics of nail beauty, nail care and trends. Custom Nail Solutions is a revolutionary artificial nail product offering custom nails that uniquely fit only your nail beds, are reusable, chemical-free and are guaranteed to last a lifetime.