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Nails Trends That Are Absolutely Dominating the Summer of 2024

The ultimate guide to this season's must-try manicures!

By Magazine Desk |
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PUBLISHED June 24, 2024

The arrival of every new season brings its own set of trends along with it. Nail trends are constantly changing with the season. Summer is associated with bright, fun, vibrant and tropical colours, this has translated onto the nail trends too!

Summer is the time to travel and go on vacation, it is seemingly the perfect opportunity to look for some manicure inspo and experiment with the current nail trends.

Here are some of the nail trends you might have seen all over social media and IRL.

  1. Metallic & Chrome finishes

Credit: @nailsbyzola

Credit: @nailsbyzola

Metallics and chromes were huge on the runway this season so it is only natural that it has become a staple for many. The donut glazed nails (white/pearly chrome-finished nails) popularised by Hailey Bieber last summer are a trend that has yet to die down. Feeling indecisive? This is one manicure that you could never go wrong with!

  1. Jelly Nails

Credit: @thenail.way on Instagram

Credit: @thenail.way on Instagram

Do you think you’re ready for this jelly? Known as the lip gloss of manicures, jelly nails are a sheer and translucent look that are finished with a soft jelly-like effect. The texture looks almost syrupy but it's a fun twist on how one would regularly do their nails. If you’re not looking to venture out of your comfort zone too much but still want to try something different, give jelly nails a try! The best part is that they're easy to DIY at home.

  1. Naked Nails

Credit: @raelondonnails on Instagram

Credit: @raelondonnails on Instagram

Ever heard of the term, ‘your nails but better?’ Contrary to the rest of the nail trends on this list, naked nails are not as bright and colourful, however, lucky for those who like more of a clean and sleek look, this natural manicure has been a go-to for the minimalists. Nude colours and glossy finishes are all the rage right now!

  1. 3D Nails

Credit: @yuuamy on TikTok

Credit: @yuuamy on TikTok

3D nails are perhaps the most creative and artistic nail trend this summer. It's a style that takes creativity to an entirely new dimension - literally! 3D nails entail different styles; intricate and abstract 3D lines, bows (inspired from the coquette trend) and orchids - which currently the most popular style of 3D nails. Going on a tropical vacation? These nails are a no brainer!

  1. Short & Square Nails

Credit: @nailbox.col on TikTok

Credit: @nailbox.col on TikTok

Most trending nails this summer are almond shaped but this is a trend that really comes down to one’s personal preference. If you’re somebody that often dons longer nails but you’re looking to mix things up a bit, this style is totally in right now. Similar to the Naked Nails this is a clean and chic silhouette that's perfect for those looking for a low maintenance manicure.

  1. Aura Nails

Credit: @1.800.nailme on Instagram

Credit: @1.800.nailme on Instagram

These nails are the most aesthetically pleasing way to show who you really are. Aura colours are related to your overall vibe and the energy you exude, what’s a better way of self expression through nails then Aura Nails? They can be created at home with eyeshadow or done professionally by a nail technician with an airbrushing tool.