The Best Summer 2024 Nail Trends You Can Already Start Wearing (2024)

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From eye-catching prints and patterns to bold colors, summer nail trends are always fun to show off. And according to Jin Soon Choi, famed nail artist and founder of JINsoon nail spas, we’ll see one overarching trend for summer 2024.

“Jelly nail trends are really taking off for the summer of 2024,” says Choi. She speaks to the versatility of jellies, adding that they can be bright, neutral, or pastel. “The recent Met Gala showcased numerous stunning jelly nail looks, and I had the privilege of creating three out of four of them.” She notes that the Michael Kors and Brandon Maxwell Spring/Summer 2024 fashion shows also featured jelly-like looks.

Ahead, take a closer look at what we predict will be the biggest nail trends of summer 2024, and shop the products that will help you get the looks yourself.

Juicy Fruit

If Choi has to pick one jelly shade in particular, it’s Crush, a sheer red-orange she used for the Brandon Maxwell Spring/Summer ’24 runway. “It’s ideal for both nails and toes, infusing them with a lively vibrancy that perfectly embodies the essence of the season,” she says. “Moreover, incorporating dreamy pastel jelly colors can create a soft, cool aesthetic, providing a delightful departure from conventional sheer nail shades.”

JINsoon Crush

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“This fresh interpretation of the classic orange-red hue offers a modern twist that’s both striking and versatile,” says Choi of the punchy translucent polish.

Lemon and Lime

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Citrus may technically be seasonal to winter, but these zesty colors feel right at home in the heat of summer. Go super-literal with lemon-slice nail art by Bellacures or even tiny margarita motifs.

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Lemon and Lime

Or, go more abstract with a pale yellow base obscured with modern, three-dimensional nail jewels.

Lemon and Lime

What would a list of nail trends be without Hailey Bieber? She stepped out at Coachella with these bright green tips courtesy of her main nail artist, Zola Ganzorigt.

Orly Nail Lacquer in Touch Grass

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This creamy shade of green pops on all skin tones.

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Essie Nail Lacquer in All Fun & Games

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Use three coats of this polish for full vibrancy (and to avoid a streaky look).

Tie-Dye

According to celeb nail artist Queenie Nguyen, the retro pattern is trending again for the festival season. We love this pink-centric version with flashes of blue, as it feels fresh even after a year of Barbiecore.

Tie-Dye

You can also incorporate a shimmery, glazed-doughnut effect into a tie-dye mani, for two trends in one.

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No salon? No problem. These Chillhouse press-ons get you the multicolor look in minutes.

Sheer and Shiny

Do a quick scan around any trendy restaurant or bar (heck, even the subway) and you’ll likely notice a lot of people with neat, barely polished nails. It looks super put-together, but requires no more than a sheer pink polish and top coat—or, for extra credit, you can add a teeny dot like this look here.

Sheer and Shiny

For another take on the look, try sheer, shimmery cat-eye nails like what Quinta Brunson wore for this year’s NAACP Awards.

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Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail Polish - 200 Rosy Quartz

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This rosy pink is perfect from Sally Hansen is perfect to have on hand anytime you want a sophisticated mani.

Rainbow Chrome

Chrome still seems to be having a moment—but it’s going technicolor. We love this look Kylie Jenner wore, which features shades of blue, purple, pink, and gold, all tied together with shine.

Rainbow Chrome

Teeny silver hearts add to the eye-catching iridescence of this set.

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Olive & June Pink Mirror Chrome Glue Press-Ons

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Your salon can help you get a multicolor custom chrome look, but this press-on mani from Olive & June is great for a one-hue DIY.

Clear Tips

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Another take on the jelly nail? Crystal-clear tips, like the mani Greta Lee wore to the Met Gala.

Clear Tips

Jennifer Lopez also wore a version of this look to the Met, instead opting for slightly opalescent—but still transparent—tips by Tom Bachik.

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Kiss Salon Acrylic Natural Nails, Clear Tip

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A seasoned nail pro will help you get clear gel extensions just right, but you can test out the vibe with these at-home acrylics from Kiss.

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Lindy Segal is a beauty writer and editor. In addition to regularly contributing to BAZAAR.COM, she also writes for Glamour, People, WhoWhatWear, and Fashionista, among other publications. She lives in New York City with her Chihuahua mix, Barney.

The Best Summer 2024 Nail Trends You Can Already Start Wearing (2024)

FAQs

The Best Summer 2024 Nail Trends You Can Already Start Wearing? ›

Go green. Perhaps we're all just desperate for any sign of spring, but green looks set to be big this year. Anything goes, just as long as it's green, so think snaking leaves, marbleized tips or mismatched motifs. If you're not keen on vivid, verdant green, try pale, pastel mint, or zesty lime.

What is the nail trend in summer 2024? ›

Jelly nail trends are really taking off for the summer of 2024,” says Choi. She speaks to the versatility of jellies, adding that they can be bright, neutral, or pastel.

What nail shape is best for summer? ›

The best nail shapes to have this summer would have to be round, almond, and coffin. Round nails are perfect for a simple, natural, and timeless look. Almond nails are perfect for those looking to make a statement with their nails.

What is the nail trend for summer 23? ›

Barely-There French

“French manicures will be barely there and very thin and natural for 2023,” says Westmoreland of the updated classic. Think hardly noticeable, fine white tips that make hands and nails look chic and expensive. You'll also see these fine lines applied in a reverse French—just as simple and impactful.

What is the current nail trend? ›

“Many people are now embracing a sleek, minimalistic look for their nails, and we're seeing a lot of sheers and pigmented skin tone and nude shades trending for 2024.” This should come as no surprise, especially after a year filled with bright pink Barbie-inspired nail designs. Our nails—and eyes—need a breather.

What is the nail trend in Vogue 2024? ›

Go green. Perhaps we're all just desperate for any sign of spring, but green looks set to be big this year. Anything goes, just as long as it's green, so think snaking leaves, marbleized tips or mismatched motifs. If you're not keen on vivid, verdant green, try pale, pastel mint, or zesty lime.

What is the chrome nail trend in 2024? ›

Chrome 2.0

Think classic chrome finishes in shimmering silvers, but also everything from rainbow chrome brights to soft pastel variations. For a subtler take, why not try adorning your tips with iridescent metal-effect edges, for a look that combines several seasonal trends in one.

What is the hottest nail color for the summer? ›

Vibrant shades like jelly pink, tangerine, and ocean blue “capture the essence, energy, and romantic allure of the warmer months,” says Kandalec. And electric shades aren't the only option.

Which nail shape makes you look younger? ›

Nail Shape: Consider the shape of your nails as well. Opt for a slightly rounded or oval shape, as it can give the illusion of longer and more youthful-looking fingers.

What nail shape is 2024? ›

When it comes to nail shapes, the latest trends for 2024 are all about making a statement. From the sharp and bold stiletto and coffin shapes to the elegant almond and deep square silhouettes, elongated nails are taking center stage.

What summer nail color goes with everything? ›

Off-White. Another great neutral to turn to is a classic white. “[It's] perfect to rock from winter to summer as they go with everything and still feel so minimal, yet fresh,” says celebrity nail artist Queenie Nguyen. She recommends going towards an off-white shade for something a bit more unexpected.

What is the rich girl nail trend? ›

The classic 'rich girl' nail is long and filed in a tapered square shape, which he says helps elongate your fingers. Next is the colour choice: Stick with a full-coverage neutral shade that is either one shade darker or lighter than your own skin tone.

What is the nail color for 2024? ›

Bright, saturated shades will have their place in 2024, each with a pop-art infusion that makes the palette feel fresh. Goldstein expects a want of bold primary colors like cobalt blue, mustard yellow, and scarlet red, while Choi predicts vibrant wildflower hues like fuchsias and oranges.

Are neon nails in style in 2024? ›

Summer 2024 is all about embracing bold, vibrant colors, and neon nails are the perfect way to do just that. So, go ahead and let your nails shine bright under the summer sun!

Are ombre nails in style in 2024? ›

Los Angeles-based Celebrity Nail Artist, Queenie Nguyen predicts, “ombré nails with a white chrome topping” to be on trend for 2024. “The chrome finish will add a unique touch to the classic ombré nails,” she adds.

Are French manicures out of style in 2024? ›

The classic French manicure is making a major comeback in 2024 — but with a twist.

What nail color is hot this summer? ›

A new breed of colors and updated iterations from last season will be in heavy rotation this summer. Butter yellow will grace nails at the beach and poolside, while popular aquatic shades of blue and green, and a new spin on jelly nails, are sure to serve looks at summertime barbecues.

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