The Best Summer Nail Colours

By Carly Cochrane - 1 year 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).

Barry M Hi Vis Nail Paint - Yellow Flash

Barry M Hi Vis Nail Paint

£3.99


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.

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint - Lavender

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint

£3.99


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.

Jessica Phenom Vivid Nail Colour - Smooth Talker

Jessica Phenom Vivid Nail Colour

£10.80


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.

Jessica Custom Nail Colour - Samba Parade

Jessica Custom Nail Colour

£9.45

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.

Revolution Neon Glow Nail Polish - Mint Chills

Revolution Neon Glow Nail Polish

£2.45

6. NEON TIPS

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

Revolution Neon Nail Polish Set

Revolution Neon Nail Polish Set

£14.00

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.

Nails Inc Naked In Neon Top Coat Quad

Nails Inc Naked In Neon Top Coat Quad

£19.80


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.

Revolution Ultimate Nudes Gel Nail Polish - I'm Me

Revolution Ultimate Nudes Gel Nail Polish

£5.00


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.

Ciaté London Sun Switch Nail Varnish - Marshmellow

Ciaté London Sun Switch Nail Varnish

£12.00


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 Relationship Status: Blushing Nail Polish Set

Nails Inc Relationship Status: Blushing Nail Polish Set

£20.95


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.

Revolution Candy Nail Polish - Apple Fizz

Revolution Candy Nail Polish

£4.00
Revolution Candy Nail Polish - Angel Delight

Revolution Candy Nail Polish

£2.75

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

Carly is a beauty editor at Cosmetify and has been a part of our family for three years. She has over five years of experience in health, beauty and wellness writing.

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