Summer is upon us, and with that comes a multitude of summer trends to get stuck into. From summer holidays with the girls to festivals, summer parties and BBQs with friends, there are a whole host of summertime occasions that call for something stand-out in the fashion department - and this extends to our nails!
Nails are an essential part of any look, and a great way to make a bold, creative impression. If you’re looking to stand out from the crowd this season, look no further than Naio Nails. We’ve put together our top gel and acrylic nail designs for summer, detailing the styles and shades you need to try.
Nothing says ‘summer’ quite like these eye-catching watermelon inspired nails. Bold, bright and fun, this juicy design is easy to achieve with gel polish and a detailing nail brush.
- Begin with acrylics shaped into a pointed stiletto style, then paint the thumb and first finger with an eye-catching bright blue, such as Urban Graffiti Spa Day.
- On your middle two fingers, paint up to the tips with a bold pink - the Urban Graffiti Miami Beach shade is one of our firm favourites! Then, using your original blue shade, paint the tips of these two fingers in the contrasting colour.
- Once you’re sorted with your base colours, use your detailing brush to draw a white line between the two colours. Then, to mimic watermelon seeds, use a black gel with a detailing brush to draw small dots onto the pink section of your middle nails.
- Finish by painting your little fingernail all over with your pink shade.
Ocean blue nails
From azure blue skies to glittering blue oceans, if one colour has to sum up summer holidays, it would be blue. Whether you’re lucky enough to be jetting off somewhere abroad or you’re trying to bring the holiday vibes here, these stunning blue nails are a definite summertime winner.
For this look, shape your nails into an almond style, then choose two blue nail polishes - one lighter and one slightly darker shade. We love the Urban Graffiti shades Guilt Trip and Pisces. Paint all of your nails with the lighter blue shade, then create one feature nail with the deeper blue. You can then add subtle nail art to this feature nail to really make it pop - we adore this pretty bow design, but you can get creative with a variety of nail decals or nail stickers of your choice.
Glossy pink nails
If you’re on the lookout for a bold nail polish shade to really make an impression this season, bright pink is topping all our lists. Great for a summer holiday or summer evening cocktails with the girls, this party-ready pink will turn heads for all the right reasons.
This nail look is a fabulous example of how you can make a bold statement without a tonne of time and effort. Neat, well-shaped nails are a must for this simple yet stylish look - you can shape yours in whichever style you prefer, but we think a rounded shape looks especially great. Then, paint each nail with a vibrant pink shade such as Urban Graffiti Eros and apply a topcoat for that ultra glossy finish.
Pastel multicoloured nails
Of course, sometimes you have so many great nail colour ideas that it’s hard to settle on just one. Well, with this unique design, you won’t have to! Multicoloured nails are a lovely way of bringing a pretty pop of colour to your summertime ensembles, and this pastel version has definitely got us making heart eyes.
This nail design looks great on short, neat nails, so it’s up to you whether you want to work with your natural nails or with acrylics. The colours we used are from the Urban Graffiti gel polish collection, and are Timeless (a blush pink toned nude), Tropical Beach (a rich teal) and Limoncello (a pastel yellow). Simply alternate your shades for pretty seasonal nails that will create the perfect finishing touch to any summertime look.
Are you feeling inspired? Whether you’re looking for new acrylic nail colour ideas or want to stock up on gel nail supplies, you can find everything you need in the collection right here at Naio Nails. Browse coloured acrylic powder, Urban Graffiti gel polish and our range of nail accessories to discover your new nail go-to.