80+ Best Bright Summer Nails Ideas to Rock This Year

When winter is finally over there is nothing we love more than seeing bright colors. We change our clothes and our accessories, and bright summer nails are the perfect addition!

There are so many colorful nail designs to choose from to keep your nails bright all summer long.

We’ve rounded up some of our favorites, as well as some tips to help make sure your bright summer nails last as long as possible. 

Bright summer nails design can work on any length and shape of the nail.

If you have longer nails you’ll have a larger canvas and can really have fun trying out a few different designs. If you have shorter nails you’ll still be able to do some colorful nail designs, but you may want to get some nail art brushes as they are easier to work with.

80+ Cutest Bright Summer Nails for Inspiration

There are so many different popular styles for bright summer nails that we thought it’s best to round them up by style! You can use the table of content to navigate to the style you’re most interested in or browse the whole collection by scrolling below.

Below are some of the best bright nail designs to try out this summer.

Style 1: Neon Bright Summer Nails

Nothing says summer like neon colors!

Neon green, yellow, pink and orange are all very common colors to see, and if you can’t decide on one you can always do a combination. While you can pick up neon nail polish in most drugstores, it does tend to be a little more delicate in terms of wearability.

If you really want your neon nails to last we recommend getting either gel polish that’s cured or gel/acrylic nails.

Pink Glow

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Vibrant Varnish

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Neon Artistry

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Glow Getter

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Radiant Nails

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Neon Elegance

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Fluorescent Fingertips

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Colorful Claws

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Neon Dreams

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Dazzling Digits

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Style 2: Tips for Bright Summer Nails

If you prefer something a little more subtle try a colorful take on a french manicure. Instead of doing the classic white tip, pick your favorite summer colors.

Pastel colors are a great choice for a colored tip.

You can try doing it free hand and use a cotton swab to clean it up after, or lay some tape down below your free edge as sort of a stencil.

Glowing Glamour

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Glitter Chic

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Red Hearts

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Bright Manicure

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Pop of Color

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Bright & Breezy

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Summer Chic

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Nail Radiance

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Vacation Nails

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Tropical Touch

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Style 3: Floral Bright Summer Nails

Floral nail designs are a classic for summer.

And the best part is there are endless color combinations you can do! If you are just starting out with your own nail designs, there is a simple way to do a floral nail design: apply your base color (you can even just do a clear coat if you really want the flower to pop) and then take a dotting tool or toothpick and do a few dots in a circle for the petals. Pick a different color for the middle and finish with a top coat!

Summer Blossoms

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Floral Fiesta

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Tropical Blooms

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Bright Petals

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Summer Garden

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Flower Power

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Colorful Bouquets

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Sun-Kissed Nails

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Yellow Splash

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Style 4: Ombre Bright Summer Nails

Ombre nail art is another great way to mix and match a few different colors at once, to get a beautiful design for your bright summer nails.

Pick two or three of your favorite summer colors and swipe them on a makeup sponge. Press the sponge onto your nail beds, you may have to go in with fresh paint two or three times. Clean up the edges and smooth it out with your top coat.

Vivid Summer Fade

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Golden Hearts

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Beachy Blend

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Natural Ombre

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Sandy Ombre

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Seaside Ombre

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Warm Transition

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Pink and Yellow Ombre

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Sunrise Ombre

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Beach Bliss

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Style 5: Pink Bright Summer Nails

Pink is one of our favorite colors for summer, and there are so many shades to choose from. Bubblegum pink, pastel pink, hot pink, and neon pink are good shades to start experimenting with.

You can pick one as your main color and pick a secondary color for an accent nail, or top a few nails off with a clear glitter!

Summer Pink Pizzazz

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Vivid Summer Mani

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Bright Pink Bliss

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Pink Paradise

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Sizzling Pink Nails

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Summer Shine

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Hot Pink Glam

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Pink Perfection

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Multi Pink Vibes

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Pink Passion

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Style 6: Bright Summer Nails for the Beach

Who doesn’t love going to the beach in the summer? Or better yet, having the beach with you wherever you go! For beach nails you don’t have to necessarily do beach nail art, you can just pick a few of the colors that are associated with the beach.

You can use turquoise for the water, light blue for the sky, yellow for the sun, white for some clouds, and even beige for the sand.

If you do want to do some nail art, check out Pinterest for some tutorials on things like seashell nail art, sand nail art, and ocean nail art.

Island Elegance

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Beach Breeze Glamour

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Bright Sea

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Seashore Sparkle

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Beach Babe Beauty

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Beach Vacation Glam

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Shoreline Splendor

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Bright Sands, Bright Nails

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Tropical Escape Tips

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Vibrant Coastal Charm

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Style 7: Tropical Bright Summer Nails

Take your beach nails one step further and try out some tropical summer nails!

You can take many of the same elements of beach nail art and add in some other colors like red and orange. Take your nail art brush and draw some simple palm leaves over your base color for some perfect tropical nail art!

Sizzling Summer

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Exotic Colors

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Tropical Leaves

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Summer Glitter

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Palm Tree Paradise

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Pink Florals

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Island Sunset

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Boho Summer

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Tropical Trends

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Bright Flora

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Style 8: Simple Bright Summer Nails

There are many options for simple bright summer nails if. You can select any of your favorite summer colors and do any combination you like.

For something a little different, pick up a matte top coat instead of your usual high gloss top coat. You can also incorporate glitter, or multiple shades of the same color.

Lemon Magic

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Fuchsia Glam

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Sparkling Duo

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Beach Ready

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Pastel Paradise

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Funky Fresh

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Sunset Variations

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Seasonal Ombre

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Summer Wow

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Sandy Steps

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Now that you have your colorful summer nails, make sure they last! If you are doing your own nails, make sure you start off with a clean base.

Push your cuticles back and give your nails a good buff so there are no ridges. Clean your nails with polish remover before you start painting to make sure your nail beds have no excess oils or residue from your previous polish.

A good base and top coat are key factors in making sure your nail art lasts.

A good base coat will protect your nails from being stained or discolored, which can happen with dark colors. It also acts as an adhesive for the color. A good top coat will protect the polish and make it last!

Whether you get your nails done professionally or you do them yourself, it’s important to do what you can to protect them. Some things are unavoidable, like washing your hands.

Wearing rubber gloves while you do dishes is a great way to keep your nail art looking fresh! 

Our last piece of advice is to have some fun with it! Try out a few different designs and see what you like best. Experiment with different colors, finishes, and designs, and you’re sure to find the perfect summer nail design.

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Lindsey Harris
Lindsey is a professional nail artist based in Utah, US. Her specialties are party and occasion nails, she loves to work with glitter and gemstones in her nail studio. She loves sharing her knowledge of the nail industry and curating the latest nail design trends. She is contributing to a number of other industry related magazines.