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Nail inspiration: 10 stunning ways you can try summer’s hottest nail trends

Whether we are struggling with gel nails or sorting through the rainbow of choices to pick a nail colour we love, Nail inspiration is always the right path to a girl’s heart. This summer, it’s all about ombre shades, creative expressions and small details and nail art and style has gone through a big transformation.

Brighter colours, transparent glass options, and fun stickers – when it comes to nail art, the sky is the limit. Multi-coloured nails are a huge trend this year, but it comes with its manual of creativity – go short or go pointy. We put together 10 stunning nail details you might want to check out, the best way to try out summer’s hottest trend. 

An explosion of matte pastel colours

Tom Bachik Instagram

Celebrity manicurist to stars like J.Lo, Jennifer Aniston and Selena Gomez, Tom Bachik has redefined spring with his version of pastels – these matte colours are just right way to kick off summer.

Multi-colour stripes

Bettina Goldstein Instagram

The pride manicure as it’s called is an instant mood-lifter. The colours jump out, but the best part is the subtle spaces, and this is created with Essie nail paints – we love.

Sunset hues = ombre shades

Eve Betts Beauty Instagram

Sunset colours are very popular in the summer, and we are love how this salon in Wales has got the right ombre effect with the colours. Side tip: Keep your nails short for this.

Subtle shine for summer

Mamta Mody Instagram / Shop Lune 

Elle’s Beauty Editor, Mamta Mody, sure knows how to make shimmer work for her. With Shop Lune’s jewellery, she made sure this subtle shine on the tips is a good way to make summer look, enchanting.

Neon tips

Brittany Xavier Instagram

Our favourite blogger Brittany Xavier knows how to keep it fun with just the tip of her nail in bright neon. This is an interesting way to wear neon if you hate bright nails.

Clear nails

Maad Nails Instagram

If there’s one trend you must sport this summer it’s the clear nails trend. It’s fast catching up. Transparent nails coated in clear and see-through colours is Instagram gold.

Matte version of clear nails

Jessica Washick Instagram

Another great way to wear clear nails to make them matte. Clearly, it’s a new trend in the making, but we love how the blues and greens accentuate the nails.

Nude trail

Mat Decoste Instagram

An array of nudes is perfect for those who hate colour and love simplicity. Done by Gel Care, Montreal for Mat Decoste.

The mosaic look

Lauren Ladnier Instagram

The freewheeling multi-coloured mosaic watercolour look takes a lot of time but is known to give you picture-perfect nails for the ‘gram.


Bettina Goldstein Instagram

The double-coloured half-moon manicure is every bit sensational. The colour choices are easy and require acute attention to detail. Another simple way to add bright colours (these are from Chanel) to your manicure Mondays.

Nail inspiration: 10 stunning ways you can try summer’s hottest nail trends

Latha Sunadh

Deputy Editor

When she's not trying on a new serum, researching on yet another classic fragrance and sharing lip balms with her 5-year old daughter, Latha Sunadh keeps it reined in with a nice song and a good book. Special skills include obsessing over handmade, home-made and handcrafted luxuries.


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