Killer Summer Nail Designs

It’s easy to put together a totally killer outfit and neglect what your nails look like. But any outfit ranking in at a 7, can easily become a 10 with these awesome—and easy—nail designs. So, jazz up your nails with these fun ideas!

1. Acid Wash Jeans?

Do you love the look of your acid wash jeans? Ever consider doing that to your nails? Luckily, you can—and you don’t even need acid. Start with a layer of blue nail polish, whatever shade you’d like. Make sure you also add a top coat to protect the blue. Next, paint on some white nail polish and allow it to dry without a top coat this time. Now, grab your nail polish remover and with a q-tip, carefully and lightly rub away at your white layer of polish. This might take some practice to avoid taking off the blue, but you have 10 nails to perfect this design with!

2. Catch Up on Current Events

Interning at a newspaper or magazine this summer? Get newsy! You’ll need newspaper clippings, rubbing alcohol, and your nail polish. Start with a layer of white—though you can use any solid color you want, if you’re not going for the strict newspaper look. Put your nail in the rubbing alcohol for 5 seconds once it’s dry. Put your newspaper on the nail with the print facing down towards the nail, and gently rub. Peel off the newspaper and voila! If you don’t like how it looks, simply wipe the print away with a cotton ball and try again. Finish with a top coat to secure this stylish news look.

3. Summer Melon

If you like watermelon, this is the nail design for you, perfect for a summer BBQ. Start with a pink base, and paint a bright green tip—just like you would for a French tip, but more colorful. Make black dots under the tip and with the help of a toothpick or your nail wand, stretch the dots into elongated ovals to look like seeds. Then, with a light green polish (you’ll probably want to get a nail pen for this one), make little squiggles on your green tip. Finger lickin’ good!

4. Get Formal

Does anyone remember Zooey Deschanel’s fabulous tuxedo nails from the Golden Globes? Now you can recreate that look with ease! Begin with a simple white nail. Make your bow tie at the base, by making two pacman like squiggles with a dot of black in between—you can also change the color of your bow tie! Depending on the length of your nail, make at least three more dots down the middle of your nail (shirt buttons). Finally, just like a French tip, paint a black tip. This is a fun look for any formal event.

5. Sponge On, Sponge Off

By using a makeup sponge, you can create countless swirled looks with any colors you want. Start with any color base you want—this is better for a light color so you can build on top of it without making the new colors look strange. Then sponge on your additional colors, making sure to have some of the base and prior colors showing through. To avoid putting on too much polish, apply the polish to the sponge and dab some off on a tissue or paper before applying. This way you won’t end up with globs of nail polish and ruin your lovely swirl pattern.

These are just a few of my favorite, fun nail designs that don’t take a lot of time to perfect and always look great. Experiment, have fun and be prepared for all of your friends to ask you for manicures!

– ToonyToon