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20 Nail Designs That Are So Perfect for Summer

When the weather gets warm, your nail art can get sunnier, too.

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    Sunny Days

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    We All Scream

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    On the Flip Side

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    Chevron Chic

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    Zig-Zag Swag

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    Neon Delight

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    Pastel Pieces

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    All Swirled Up

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    Summer Stripes

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    Triple Triangles

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    Tie-Dye Tips

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    Road Trip

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    Melon Moons

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    Star of the Show

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    Purple Palms

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    Delicate Dots

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    Going Bananas

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    Blocked Off

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    Adventurous Ombre

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    Beach Beauty

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    Nautical Moons

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    Citrus Squeeze

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  • Sunny yellow may not be the first shade you reach for when doing your nails, but a funky negative space manicure like this one could make you warm up to a canary color.

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  • What says "summer" more than ice cream? Answer: Nothing! When the weather gets warm, opt for a manicure that's good enough to eat.

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  • The top of your nails aren't the only part you can paint — your undersides can be incorporated, too! Play it cool and neutral in a nude nail color on top, then add a bright tangerine shade to the underside.

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  • Elongate short nails and make use of all your favorite polishes with a cool, '70s-inspired chevron design that stacks up different shades.

    See more at Casey Nails' Instagram »

  • Why pick one pattern when you can do three — or one color when you can do five? Take your nail art to the next level with a complex mani that's totally worth a little extra time.

    See more at Cami Grimaldi's Instagram »

  • Minty green middles, tickle-me-pink tips, and negative space moons make this bright, bold manicure a winner all around.

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  • This geometric design is totally modern, but the muted shades keep it from looking over the top.

    See more at Pshiiit »

  • Reminiscent of an ice-cold blue, raspberry, and cherry combo Slurpie, this wavy nail art is so perfect for warm weather.

    See more at Deborah Lippmann »

  • This mani may look complicated, but it just takes a little patience and a steady hand — or at least a bit of striping tape. Swap the colors for other shades throughout the summer to match all your favorite outfits and special occasions.

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  • You've seen plenty of reverse French tip manis, but this one trades the typical oval-shapes or circular moons for a zig-zag design instead — and uses four gorgeous summer shades to boot.

    See more at Pshiiit »

  • Stripes are fun, but trying to make them absolutely perfect can feel a little rigid for summer. Take a break from straight lines and try this cute tie-dye manicure instead.

    See more at Essie »

  • Show off your love for traveling with this vintage road map design. Don't worry if it looks complicated — the design isn't freehanded. All you need is white polish, clear polish, rubbing alcohol, and a map.

    See more at Sarah Scoop »

  • What could be better than a cool slice of watermelon on a hot summer day? Watermelon nail art, of course. Impress your friends with this adorable look that makes your hands stand out.

    See more at The Nailasaurus »

  • Combine your patriotism and your love for nail art with this ultra-cool ombre stenciled star tutorial.

    See more at Chalkboard Nails »

  • Palm tree nail art can look cartoonish, but when you use a delicate pastel base color and make your trees a chic shade of purple, they look more sophisticated and fun.

    See more at Essie »

  • Summer nail art doesn't have to be bright to make a big impact. This blush-colored polish is pretty on its own, but the white dots around the edges make it really pop.

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  • Andy Warhol (and Curious George) would definitely approve of these bold pop art banana nails.

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  • If you want to play with multiple shades that work day or night, go for this color blocked nail art. If these summer brights are too wild for you, trade them in for three shades that all belong to the same color family — for example, baby blue, cerulean, and navy.

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