The Best Summer Nail Colours

By Carly Cochrane - 2 months ago | Updated
pastel nail manicure

The UK has recently been blessed with continuous sunshine and temperatures above 20 degrees, and it looks like it's here to stay (say what?!). By our definition, that means summer has officially landed.

We've bulk-ordered the cute tea dresses, resurrected the sunnies and now it’s time to turn our hands into presentable cocktail-holding talons and make our toes sandal-worthy.

To help you achieve summer nails that are bang on trend, we’ve rounded up all the chic shades that will rule this season, as well as put together this handy guide to nail polish.


1. CITRUS YELLOW

Known as the colour of sunshine and happiness, yellow couldn't be any more summer-worthy if it tried. Kick-start your wave of seasonal manicures with citrus and lemon hues (which pair perfectly with a tan, by the way).

Jessica Custom Nail Colour - Yellow Lightening

Jessica Custom Nail Colour

£8.65


2. LIGHT LILAC

Lilac is the pastel shade that makes transitioning from spring to summer all the easier. If you don't want to jump head first into the bright colours then give this pretty purple a go.

ORLY Breathable Nail Polish - Just Breathe

ORLY Breathable Nail Polish

£9.56


3. BABY BLUE

Take the clear blue skies of summer and stick it on the end of your fingers for a super cool look. Pastels aren't going anywhere this season so a baby blue manicure will definitely be a winner.

ORLY Breathable Nail Polish - Morning Mant

ORLY Breathable Nail Polish

£9.56


4. OBVIOUSLY ORANGE

Orange is the colour set to storm summer beauty looks and we're obsessed. The unmissable bright orange looks fab on all skin tones, but especially tanned sun-kissed skin.

Jessica Custom Nail Colour - POP Princess

Jessica Custom Nail Colour

£8.65 £9.45 (9% off)

5. MINT GREEN

Probably one of the freshest manicures one could rock in the heights of summer. Mint green is a clean and cute colour that brightens up both your fingers and toes.

essie Original Nail Polish - Mint Candy Apple

essie Original Nail Polish

£8.29

6. PASTEL TIPS

Introducing the ultimate festival, party and holiday manicure. A simple swipe of a pastel colour across the tips of your nails and you've got yourself a fancy french manicure that's oozing summer vibes.

essie Expressie Quick Dry Formula Chip Resistant Nail Polish - In The Time Zone

essie Expressie Quick Dry Formula Chip Resistant Nail Polish

£8.29
Jessica Custom Nail Colour - Yellow Meringue

Jessica Custom Nail Colour

£8.89 £9.90 (11% off)
Jessica Custom Nail Colour - Love You Very Matcha

Jessica Custom Nail Colour

£8.89 £9.90 (11% off)

7. NEON NAILS

Remember back in the day when you’d colour in your nails with the highlighter pens at school? Well, we’re bringing it back but with actual nail polish this time.

It’s safe to say that neon is poppin’ off at the moment. If you don’t fancy being luminous from head to toe then a neon manicure is the perfect way to get involved.

essie Original Nail Polish - Licorice

essie Original Nail Polish

£8.29
Jessica Custom Nail Colour - Dynamic

Jessica Custom Nail Colour

£9.45


8. BARELY-THERE BEIGE

On the flip side, barely-there beige is the go-to for beauties who want to keep things natural this summer.

ORLY Breathable Nail Polish - Nourishing N

ORLY Breathable Nail Polish

£9.56


9. OFF-WHITE

White is our all time favourite for summer. Crisp, clean and matching with every outfit, it's the cheapest accessory you'll find. While the colour is here to stay this season, it boasts a little off-white tinge for a more neutral vibe.

essie Gel Couture - Pre Show Jitters

essie Gel Couture

£12.46


10. OMBRE

This ombre manicure that means we'll never have to worry about picking the perfect pink again. Great for the indecisive beauties out there, this manicure allows us to flaunt our favourite pinks all at once.

Nails Inc Kiss My Peach Nail Varnish Duo

Nails Inc Kiss My Peach Nail Varnish Duo

£12.50 £15.00 (17% off)


11. FRUIT-INSPIRED

Watermelon is the ultimate summer fruit, so it's only right that we give our nails a taste. This fruit-inspired manicure instantly refreshes hands, making them look sweet for the summer season.

essie Original Nail Polish - Lady Like

essie Original Nail Polish

£8.29
Jessica Custom Nail Colour - Love You Very Matcha

Jessica Custom Nail Colour

£8.89 £9.90 (11% off)

Whether you're heading to the nail bar or giving yourself an at-home treatment, these shades are sure to have to your hands and feet summer-ready. Take your nail game one step further and discover Easy Nail Art You Can Master in Five Minutes.

Carly Cochrane

Written by Carly Cochrane

As the Senior Content Editor for Cosmetify, Carly is the go-to for all the latest (and greatest) beauty tips, tricks and trends. With over six years of experience in the industry, she knows all the ins-and-outs when it comes to health, beauty and wellbeing. 

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