The Best Summer Nail Colours

By Carly Cochrane - 1 month ago | Updated
pastel nail manicure

Not only has the UK recently been blessed with continuous sunshine and temperatures above 20 degrees, 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).

Nails Inc Gen Yellow Nail Varnish Duo

Nails Inc Gen Yellow Nail Varnish Duo

£14.46
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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.

Jessica Custom Colour Nail Varnish - Vio Light

Jessica Custom Colour Nail Varnish

£11.00
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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.

OPI Tokyo Collection Kanpai OPI! Nail Lacquer

OPI Tokyo Collection Kanpai OPI! Nail Lacquer

£12.40
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4. COOL CORAL

Coral is the colour set to storm summer beauty looks and we're obsessed. The cross between peach and pink creates a gorgeous low-key orange hue that compliments any skin tone.

ORLY Spring Radical Optimism Collection Nail Varnish Everything's Peachy

ORLY Spring Radical Optimism Collection Nail Varnish Everything's Peachy

£11.75
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5. GLITTER CONFETTI

Introducing the ultimate festival, party and holiday manicure. A simple swipe of a glitter top coat and you've got yourself a sparkling set of summer nails that will surely get you noticed.

Barry M Classic Nail Paint - Diamond Glitter

Barry M Classic Nail Paint

£2.99
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6. GORGEOUS GREEN

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.

Nails Inc Send Nudes Rude Not To Nail Varnish

Nails Inc Send Nudes Rude Not To Nail Varnish

£11.00
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7. BARELY-THERE BEIGE

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

Nailberry L'Oxygene Nail Lacquer - Simplicity

Nailberry L'Oxygene Nail Lacquer

£14.50
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8. 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.

Nailberry White Mist Nail Varnish

Nailberry White Mist Nail Varnish

£14.50
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9. 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.

GLOSSWORKS Buff

GLOSSWORKS Buff

£12.00
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GLOSSWORKS Bellini Blush

GLOSSWORKS Bellini Blush

£12.00
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GLOSSWORKS Raspberry Parade

GLOSSWORKS Raspberry Parade

£12.00
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10. 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 Nail Polish 13.5ml - 99 Mint Candy Apple

essie Nail Polish 13.5ml

£5.99
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essie Nail Polish 13.5ml - 20 Lovie Dovie

essie Nail Polish 13.5ml

£6.75
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essie Nail Polish 13.5ml - 49 Wicked

essie Nail Polish 13.5ml

£5.99
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Whether you're heading to the nail bar or giving yourself an at-home manicure, 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

My special talents include scoping out the best beauty dupes, nailing a winged liner and carrying an unhealthy amount of lip glosses in my handbag at one time.