Summer 2023 Nail Art Trends That Will Make Your Sweet Pop

Summer Nail Art 


Summer Nail Art. With warmer days just around the corner, the call for nail salon appointments is stronger than ever. Whether you're vacationing on the horizon, planning al fresco weekends, or simply wanting to update your mani to match the weather, the biggest summer 2023 nail art trends have got your back.

While you can rock funky colors all year round, summer nail art is always a bit brighter—especially for 2023. According to Rachel Apfel Glass, founder of Glosslab, this season is all about extra bright colors and captivating designs. Whether it's a sunset-inspired nail set, micro neon French manicure, or artistic airbrushed nails, Glass recommends stepping out of your comfort zone and leaning into colorful tropical summer fantasies.

Supposedly, there's room for simpler nail art in July and August, whether it's glossy neutral tips, small decals, or milk-like glossy donut nails à la Hailey Bieber (yes, they're still in). These more minimalist shades will still look fresh as you swim, picnic, roller skate, or rush through the airport to catch an out-of-town flight.

Looking for a polish update? Keep scrolling for 16 summer nail art trends that will inspire your next manicure.

Colorful French Fade

Also known as sunset nails, this ombre nail art starts with a white or colorful shade and fades into a neutral. "The French fade is not new, but swapping out the traditional white for summer colors makes this manicure perfect for the warm months," says Juli Russell, DIY nail expert for Sally Beauty. "Just like the classic French manicure, sunset nails are easy to wear because the neutral base hides growth more than solid-colored manicures, allowing for longer wear between touch-ups."

Neon Micro French

According to Russell, micro French manicures are the most loved right now—and they're here to stay. The miniature classic look has been seen on everyone from J.Lo to Michelle Williams. "It's minimal, easy, and suits all nail lengths," she says. "With summer right around the corner, swap out your classic white polish for a fun neon yellow."

Micro Black French

If you're not quite ready to go bright, opt for a black swipe on your tips. It's the perfect goth-chic touch and easy to customize—use colorful bases if you want more pop.

Glass Nails

The marble effect that makes your nails look like glass is one way to catch attention this summer. "It can be quick, simple, and always eye-catching," says Marie Littlewood, nail expert and director at NSI. "Considering no two nails will look the same, it's a highly customizable look."

Milk Nails

Deborah Lippmann, celebrity manicurist and founder of her eponymous brand, is a big fan of milk-like nails all year round. "Who doesn't love a thin, low-maintenance polish to complement the summer months?" she says, noting that so many celebrities have rocked this trend on the red carpet (see also: Hailey Bieber). To recreate it at home, use a creamy white polish.

Bare Nails

If you're going on vacation and don't want to worry about chipped polish, go for the clean girl style to keep everything simple. Although it may seem like you're not wearing anything on your nails, it does require a very simple nail polish. "I love this trend because there's a simplicity elegance to having a smooth and natural-looking nail appearance," says Lippmann. She recommends a natural creamy shade.

Neon Powder Pigments

Mr. Luis, a celebrity nail artist and educator at LeChat Nails, points to neon powder pigment nail art as a summer trend. "These bright neon pigments are definitely taking over this summer," he told Bustle. Bright, '90s-inspired, and perfect for the sidewalks. According to Mr. Luis, airbrushing is back.

Outer Space Galaxy Nails

Ever wanted your nails to look like a nebula? Now is the time. According to Mr. Luis, the trending look combines metallics and airbrushing to create out-of-this-world designs. "Metallics provide dramatic color shifts and a multi-toned metallic effect on their own—no hard effort needed," he says. Add tiny gems to mimic stars.

3D Gems

Eye-catching 3D nails will be big this summer, says Glamnetic founder and CEO Ann McFerran. To elevate the quality, ask for gems, stones, or acrylic on your next manicure to create a 3D gem effect.

Geometric Shapes

Braelinn Frank, an Austin-based nail artist and founder of Rave Nailz, suggests spicing up your next mani with abstract designs. Think geometric shapes, intricate swirls, or lines on the edges. "It's perfect for those who want a unique and captivating look," she told Bustle.

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