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The Best Nail Ideas for Summer 2021

July 15, 2021

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The Best Nail Ideas for Summer 2021

Summer is the perfect time of year to splurge on a manicure. Whether you’re someone who religiously gets their nails done, or if you keep it as an occasional treat, we all love to be pampered and have our nails professionally done. If you’re on a budget or talented with a polish brush, don’t overlook the option of a DIY at-home manicure. It’s never been easier to recreate your favourite nail looks, regardless of whether you’re a fan of gel or acrylic nails.


The summer months bring with them a busy social calendar. Whether it’s weddings, bridal showers, brunch with friends, or a vacation, we always have something happening. No look is ever complete without having your nails done. We’re sharing some of the best nail ideas for summer 2021 so you know what to show your nail tech or practice recreating at home.


The overarching trend for summer 2021 nails is a subtle look with minimalistic nail art. Everything from swirls to chrome manicures and a rainbow French tip is in style. Make sure to bookmark this page so you can reference it as your go-to source for nail inspiration throughout the summer.

Minimalistic Swirls


Abstract shapes are one of the biggest trends of summer 2021 across the board for beauty. Just like graphic eyeliner, sharp lines and swirls are making an appearance in the world of nail art. The beauty of the swirls look is that you can put your own twist on the style and choose your favourite colour palette to recreate the look.


You can keep it minimalistic with one or two swirls on each nail or go all out with a metallic finish. If you want your swirls to pop, it’s a good idea to choose a nude or baby pink shade for your base coat and then a brighter hue for the swirls. You can even change-up the swirls and do different colours on each nail.

Metallic Finish


Are you someone who likes to stick to their classic one-shade manicure? If you like to leave as much time as possible between appointments, it’s usually a good idea to stick to one shade. Chrome manicures are everywhere we look on Instagram. It’s the perfect way to shake up your look without going to far out of your comfort zone.


We think the chrome manicure, with its metallic finish, is the go-to choice for this wedding season. Don’t be afraid to match the metallic of your nails to your shoes or accessories for a big event.

3D Textured Nails


While minimalism is the overarching trend, textured nails are still having a moment. If you want to embrace your inner Cardi B and experiment with acrylic nails, it’s worth giving 3D nails a try. You can still give it a minimalistic twist by keeping your nails all in the same nail polish colour, choosing either a nude or beige as your go-to shade to create the look.

Blink and you miss it…


Minimalism is everywhere we look in the nail industry. If you’re starting to experiment with nail art, why not stick to tiny accents? This look is ideal for anyone who worries about nail regrowth, as the accents are less noticeable than a full set of nail art.


If you’re looking for a low-maintenance nail art style, it’s a good idea to keep your accents to the side of your nails, the tips, and cuticles. You can take almost any larger nail art look and downsize it to a smaller accent style.

Rainbow nails


One of our favourite nail trends for summer 2021 is rainbow nails. This style is low-maintenance and easy to recreate at home. The rainbow nail trend is all about recreating your classic manicure with a myriad of colours. You can choose your favourite ones, keep them all in the same colour palette, or go with every shade in the rainbow.


This style is perfect for when you don’t know what colour you want to settle on and you want the best of all worlds. The mis-match nail trend looks like it’s here to stay. If you haven’t already jumped on the bandwagon, this summer is the perfect time to.

Bring back the butterflies


If there’s one nail trend that we’re glad to see back, it’s the butterfly nails. You can thank Dua Lip for bringing this style back after wearing it to the Grammy’s. Butterflies are the perfect choice to wear as we leave quarantine and the pandemic behind to embrace the outside world once more – just like a butterfly emerging from their slumber.

Checkerboard Chic


Embrace your inner Queen’s Gambit and bring the checkerboard back to your nails. If you want to give this nail trend a summer twist, you can add a quirky floral addition for a feminine feel or give it a pastel colour palette. This look may be a little tricky to recreate at home, so it’s best to visit your nail technician or practice at home.

Marble nails


The water marbling nail art trend is back with a bang. The secret to perfecting this look is to learn how to blend the colours together to get that marble effect that looks as natural as possible. If you’re trying this nail art out this summer, experiment with shades of pastel, green, and blue hues.

Classic pink


If you want to channel a look of understated elegance, keep it simple with a pink or nude manicure. These minimalistic colours are right on trend and easy to recreate at home. You can make this nail trend your own by switching up your nail shape to an almond, square, or coffin nail shape.


We think this nail look would be perfect for an engagement photo shoot or for an elegant and minimalistic look.

Color Blocking


We’ve all mastered the art of colour blocking with our clothes, and the trend has finally made its way over to the world of nail art. It’s an easy style to recreate at home. You want to take your first colour and paint it on your first four nails, choosing the second colour for your pink. GO back in with the second colour and paint it on the top of your pointer, ring, and thumb.

Coloured Tips


A classic French manicure is a style that will never let you down. You can update the look for summer 2021 by changing the colours of your tips. You can keep them all one shade or incorporate the rainbow colour aesthetic into the nail art style. Pastel colours are amongst the most popular for this trend, along with jewel tones and classic rainbow shades.

Cuticle Accents


Most of us tend to focus our nail art on the top of our nails. For summer 2021, we’re turning this look on its head and adding the accents at the cuticles. This half-moon shape is easy to recreate at home or for your nail technician to create for you. It’s best to keep your nails to one classic shade and then choose a metallic colour for your accents.

Lady in Red


Nothing will ever beat a classic red manicure. Summer is the perfect time to go back to basis and incorporate an understated elegance to your outfit. A red manicure will see you through any event in your social calendar, whether it’s brunch with friends or a date with your significant other. Red makes a bright and bold statement that you can easily recreate at home with a gel polish.

Abstract nail art


Just like eyeliner trends, nail art is all about incorporating abstract shapes into your manicure. The beauty of an abstract nail art is that it gives you a chance to show off your personality with a unique look. You want to focus on adding sharp lines and colours to your nails. It’s a good idea to choose two or three shades to create your abstract nail art look.

Dual-Finish Nails


Can’t choose between a matte or glossy finish? A dual-finish manicure gives you the best of both worlds. You’re guaranteed to have the coolest manicure on your girl’s vacation trip. All you have to do is change two of the top coats to different finishes. You can do them on the same nails on each finger – like your pointer or pinky – or apply them to two fingers beside each other.

Rose Quartz Inspired


Thanks to TikTok, we’re all obsessed with rose quartz and crystals. You can show your new love for rose quartz by incorporating it into your nail art with a marble inspired look. The rose quartz nail trend has been around for a few years but is experiencing a resurgence in popularity. These are the perfect ‘your nails but better’ style and will work with any outfit.


Which of these manicures will you be rocking for summer 2021? Let us know in the comments below!

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