Sizzling Summer Nail Ideas for 2024

As the sun shines brighter and the days grow longer, it’s time to embrace the season with fabulous nails that are as vibrant and playful as the summer itself.

From iridescent mermaid designs to bold Barbie nails, 3D masterpieces, and funky graphic patterns, let’s get into some of the hottest trends for nail art in 2024!

Gold Mermaid Nails

Sizzling Summer Nail Ideas for 2023
Photo by @hellooctober

The Little Mermaid made its debut in spring/summer 2023, so it’s only fitting that mermaid nails are now trending! Glitters are no longer just for the holiday season – add a little mermaid pizzaz by opting for gold glitter on your nails.

Blue Mermaid Nails

Sizzling Summer Nail Ideas for 2023
Photo by @gelpolish_bar

Another option for the mermaid nail trend is to go with a shimmering blue glitter nail polish. This beautiful nail art is definitely reminiscent of ‘under the sea!

Barbie Pink Nails

Sizzling Summer Nail Ideas for 2023
Photo by @pegi_nails

Barbie is back and better than ever with the new live action movie release of July 2023! Channel your inner barbie with nothing other than the brightest and boldest pink nails.

Iridescent Nail Art

Sizzling Summer Nail Ideas for 2023
Photo by @stylebycambria

One of the biggest nail art trends in 2024 is ever-dreamy iridescent nails. These nails are bold, bright and most importantly, impressively reflective! We love this version featuring little rainbows and hearts, too.

Glitter and Iridescent Nail Art

Sizzling Summer Nail Ideas for 2023
Photo by @pegi_nails

Combine the mermaid trend with the iridescent trend and you’ve got an even cooler nail look! This nail set also features a band of glitter on the middle nail for a lovely detail.

Peach Sorbet Airbrush Nails

Sizzling Summer Nail Ideas for 2023
Photo by @nailsxgoldenhour

Airbrushed nails are back in a big way, and these ones remind us of the most refreshing citrus sorbet! It doesn’t get any summery than these sweet nails.

Airbrush Sparkle Nail Art

Sizzling Summer Nail Ideas for 2023
Photo by @_gelcoco

This dazzling variation on the airbrush nail adds teeny tiny sparkles to the set, creating a cute and kawaii nail look!

Eyeshadow Hack Nails

Sizzling Summer Nail Ideas for 2023
Photo by @phoebesummernails

Love the airbrushed nail look but don’t have the proper tools? The easiest way to DIY airbrushed nails is with the trending eyeshadow nail hack! The hack involves dabbing coloured eyeshadows onto your nails for a beautiful, dreamy effect.

Rainbow Stripe Nails

Sizzling Summer Nail Ideas for 2023
Photo by @kuypernailart

The best summer storms always end with a vivid rainbow. Channel all those good vibes into your nail art this summer 2024! These rainbow stripe nails are eye-catching yet simple.

Drawn Rainbow Nails

Sizzling Summer Nail Ideas for 2023
Photo by @tessa.lyn.nails

Want to go with something more playful for your rainbow nails? These colourful, matte nails are like a child’s drawing in the best possible way.

Bold Graphic Nail Art

Sizzling Summer Nail Ideas for 2023
Photo by @gels.byjess

Checkered patterns, yin-yangs and swirls have been big in nail art for a few years now – but we love how this nail set takes the look to the next level by adding in a bold cut-out heart design.

Drippy Nail Art

Sizzling Summer Nail Ideas for 2023
Photo by @gelpolish_bar

If you like your nails to really stand out, try these gooey, drippy neon nails! These nails are giving us major 90′ and early 2000s vibes.

Pearly Glazed Nails

Sizzling Summer Nail Ideas for 2023
Photo by @nailsxmina

Glazed nails, aka ‘glazed doughnut nails’ are still going strong as a nail art trend in 2024! These simple, trendy nails go with many occasions, making them both versatile and stylish.

3D Pearl Nail Art

Sizzling Summer Nail Ideas for 2023
Photo by @phoebesummernails

Embellished, 3D nails are not only for the most fashion-forward. This eccentric nail trend is making it to the mainstream world, and you can go as crazy or as subtle as you wish! This 3D pearly look is a great option for those just dipping their toe into this trend.

3D Heart Nail Art

Sizzling Summer Nail Ideas for 2023
Photo by @bugnails

Here’s an ultra girly version of the 3D nail art trend – this time with bubbly 3D hearts that almost look like jelly! This look is definitely only for the bold!

Retro Multi-Coloured Nails

Sizzling Summer Nail Ideas for 2023
Photo by @polished_yogi

When it comes to multi-coloured nail art, the options are quite literally endless. But one trend we’ve noticed in 2024 is to opt for more retro colour palettes – so think 60’s and 70’s when choosing your nail colours!

Minimalistic Dot Nails

Sizzling Summer Nail Ideas for 2023
Photo by @the_minimalist_manicurist

Less is more when it comes to this dainty, minimalist nail art! For those seeking quiet and understated vibes in the summer, this is the nail look for you.

Purple Star Nail Art

Sizzling Summer Nail Ideas for 2023
Photo by @peachinails

Add a cute element to your nail art this summer with these star-studded nails! The two shades of purple bring the french tips and star motif together cohesively.

Sparkle Strawberry Nail Art

Sizzling Summer Nail Ideas for 2023
Photo by @mynailgirlness

For the ultimate summer nail look, combine a variation of sweet motifs: pink, strawberries, sparkles and flowers. Can it get any cuter than this?

Pink Floral Nails

Sizzling Summer Nail Ideas for 2023
Photo by @thenaillologist

How could we make a list of summer nails and not include at least one daisy-inspired piece?! These cute little blossoms look stunning against the mauve-pink tip backdrop.

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Hello! I'm Breanne, Assistant Editor of Wonder Forest. I love cuddling cats, felting, painting and reading.