The lead up to your summer holiday can often feel just as good as the event itself. Now, stay with me here: I know packing and getting things organised can be tiresome, but the other stuff (I’m talking planning your vacay wardrobe and getting your tan and lashes done), only amps up the excitement for your trip.
One of the beauty treatments I always prioritise ahead of my flight (hopefully to some sun-drenched, far flung destination) is a manicure. I always want to look down at my hands during my trip and feel put together, confident, and stylish.
Whether it’s an all-over colour or some fun nail art, I tend to opt for brights and bolds for holiday nails, as I see a holiday as a time to go all out.
This year, there are plenty of awesome summer nail art ideas you can give a go, including trending looks inspired by the likes of mermaidcore. And below, I’ve selected my current ten favourites, all of which I can see working beautifully for a beachy vacay, surrounded by palm trees, sand between the toes and pina coladas aplenty. You’re welcome.
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Is there anything more synonymous with a summer holiday than the vast ocean? I think not, so wear those waves on your nail beds.
Bright & fun
Summer holiday nails are the ultimate excuse to splash out on the bold hues; don’t be shy, put those nudes and pastels to bed!
Key lime pie
Green is having a moment this year, and this electric look, created for our mani queen Hailey Bieber, can’t be beaten.
Swirly designs are decadent and magical. For your summer trip, make those swirls ultra-bright and eye-catching.
Palm trees and sunsets: is there a more beautiful summer hols image to conjure up?
If you don’t fancy anything too intricate, stick to some neon tips that’ll also see you through to festival season.
Take inspo from your favourite flower and wear it on your nails with pride.
How incredibly cute are these little strawberries? Stick to soft pastel pink if the Barbiecore neon shade is a little daring for you.
Yellow: it’s the ultimate happy, summery colour, and it looks gorgeous in this reverse tip design.
Under the lemon tree
This nail art design makes me want to pop on a pair of espadrilles and read my summer novel at a vineyard. A dream.