Skip the neutrals, because this season is all about color. From sweet pastels to bright neons, the latest nail trends focus on mixing hues and having fun. I’ve rounded up 25 cool summer manicures in style right now, including ocean blues, neon lightning bolts, seasonal fruits, nautical stripes, and so much more. You’re sure to find something that inspires you!
25 Super Fun Summer Manicures 1 of 26
Beach Ball 2 of 26
Though this nail art was inspired by pool parties, beach balls remind me more of summertime fun at the beach with my kid.
The how-to is on Kelsie's Nail Files.
Fishtail Nails 3 of 26
Something about this color combination is so summery to me, and the pattern is reminiscent of the ocean.
Get the details at Did My Nails.
Nautical Nails 4 of 26
This smart tutorial uses the white nail polish strips that come with French manicure sets to create fun stripes of any color.
Found on The Beauty Department.
Summer Sunset 5 of 26
These pretty violet-to-yellow ombre nails are inspired by the sunset.
Get inspired at So Nailicious.
Nude Flowers 6 of 26
I'm totally warming up to the floral trend and this green, orange, and red pattern is bright and pop-y enough to make my to-do list.
Found on One Nail To Rule Them All.
Pastel Polish Picks 7 of 26
Pretty pastels are dominating the Summer 2013 nail polish lines. I like them all together even more than on their own.
Found on My Lucite Dreams.
Neon 8 of 26
I grew up in the '80s, and these neon nails are bit of sweet nostalgia.
Get the how-to on Manicurity.
I Heart Pastel 9 of 26
I'm not really a girly girl but this season's pastels are really hard to resist. Adding a metallic heart gives the soft colors a little edge.
Check it out on Glitter and Nails.
Splatter Paint Nails 10 of 26
In this tutorial, the author needed a lot of remover for cleanup. For a neater method, use tape to protect skin or coat the area around your nails in Vaseline.
Get the DIY on The Daily Polish.
Beauty and the Beach 11 of 26
This nail art really looks like sand and surf. Love!
Learn more at Chalkboard Nails.
Pastel Chevron Nails 12 of 26
Use pinking shears and tape to create this awesome chevron pastel look.
Found on Didoline's Nails.
Floral Nail Art 13 of 26
This floral pattern is so simple and cool. It reminds me of the '80s but is still totally fresh for 2013.
Find the tutorial on The Wonder Forest.
Dot Dot Dot Nail Art 14 of 26
Ahoy, matey! Love the nautical colors and fun design of this mani.
Get inspired at Pretty Project.
Watermelon Nails 15 of 26
Nothing reminds me more of the lazy days of summer like yummy watermelon.
Get the how-to on Spektors Nails.
Here Comes the Sun 16 of 26
This cheerful design is perfect for sunny summer days.
Found on Simply Rins.
Electric Lightening Bolts 17 of 26
This is a fun, cool way to sport hot summer neons.
Check it out on Nailblog.
Neon, Gradient, and Some Stripes 18 of 26
The intersecting white stripes give this manicure a distinctively mod look.
Learn more at Nuthin But a Nail Thing.
Wayback Nails 19 of 26
These shimmery sea foam green and teal nails remind me of the ocean on a sunny day.
Get the lowdown at Did My Nails.
Ombre Nails 20 of 26
This is a gorgeous way to wear this season's hot pink and orange polishes.
See the tutorial at Wink and Blush.
Rainbow Tips 21 of 26
As a child of the '80s, I'm a sucker for rainbows.
Learn more at Nails by Kayla Shevonne.
White French Tips 22 of 26
I love the diagonal white tips on these summery pastels.
Found on Favnails.
Kiwi Tips 23 of 26
I'm not usually too into fruity nails but I have to admit these bright kiwi tips are pretty adorable.
Get inspired at Nail Design Blog.
Nautical Manicure 24 of 26
This nautical-themed manicure is super cute. I love the anchor!
Watch the video at Fashion With a Conscience.
Pink and White Nail Art 25 of 26
This manicure is inspired by Chanel's Spring/Summer 2013 ready-to-wear line.
Learn how it was done at Ice Cream When the Sky is Grey.
Celeb Nails: Beyonce 26 of 26
I've been having trouble choosing between summer brights hot pink and orange. This is a great way to rock both.
Check it out on The Daily Varnish.