From the beaches of Malibu to the Mediterranean, one thing hitting the high notes in the fashion world this year is intricately designed toenails. Yes, you heard right! Summer is about showcasing your feet in the most aesthetically pleasing way possible. In this post, we’re going to delve deep into the world of toe-tally amazing (pardon my pun!) nail art.
Whether you are a minimalist who adores chic, simple designs or a maximalist who can’t get enough of the glitter, we have something for everyone. We’ll talk about trending summer colors, must-try nail art designs, and how to complement your sizzling summer sandals with your toenails. We’ll also share some hot tips for at-home nail care and walk you through some DIY designs.
From classic polka dots to decadent jewel tones and from botanical prints to beach-inspired designs, a whole world of summer toenail art is waiting for your discovery. So kick off your shoes, settle in, and prepare for a refreshing dose of foot-centric fashion that will make your summer more fashionable. Let’s step into the world of summer toenail designs together!
The Butterfly Effect: Riding the Wave of a Nostalgic Trend
Who else remembers when butterfly hair clips were the hottest trend in the school playground back in the 90s and early 2000s? Well, dust off your nostalgia, ladies, because butterfly fashion is back, and it’s having a significant moment! And it’s not just limited to hair accessories and clothing. This year, we’re seeing butterflies fluttering their way into the world of nail art, and oh boy, are we here for it!
Our beloved Kar-Jenners, especially the style maven Kylie Jenner, significantly boosted this trend in 2019. Remember that cute set of pink butterfly nails she sported? Since then, social media has been abuzz with fluttery wings adorning fingers and toes alike!
The Timeless Elegance: French Tips
The evergreen French tip trend is your summer soulmate if you prefer keeping things classy. Trust me, they look as fabulous on your toenails as on your fingers. This is the way to go if you’re hunting for an understated yet chic look.
A Taste of Summer: Peaches
Have you seen the fruit nail trend yet? Initially popularized on fingernails, it’s found its way to our toes, and I couldn’t be happier! I love the peach’s design. It adds a fun and fruity twist, perfect for summer. And here’s a fun insider tip: opt for press-on toenails for a foolproof, easy application. Yes, they do exist!
A Bouquet of Beauty: Flowers
Flowers are hands down, one of the most beloved summer toenail trends. If you’ve been ogling this design and wondering how to pull it off, I’ve got you covered. It may look intricate, but you can easily recreate this beauty at home with patience and practice.
Spot On: Polka Dots
Finally, let’s talk about a design that’s simple, cute, and perfect for a DIY project at home – polka dot toenails. I have a special love for this design. It’s playful and allows you to experiment with different color combinations. All you need is a decent dotting tool and your favorite nail polishes.
All Smiles: The Smiley Faces Design
Who said smiley faces are just for emojis and texts? Let’s carry that cheerful vibe right down to our toes this summer! Smiley faces on toenails are currently a significant trend, and they’re as fun to create as they are to wear.
Here’s a fun fact: I tried this design last month and couldn’t help but smile every time I looked down at my feet. If you’re not into DIY or short on time, adorable press-on options are available, which are a lifesaver!
Dazzle Them: The Bling Look
How about adding a touch of glamour to your summer look? There’s nothing like bling to make your toenails stand out! A few rhinestones or sparkles and your feet are red-carpet-ready. How do you get started? Don’t worry; I have the perfect tutorial for you. Remember, a little sparkle never hurt anybody!
Surf’s Up The Palm Trees Design
Here’s a quick ticket to a beachy vibe – the palm tree toenail design! Perfect for sipping a margarita by the pool or dreaming of a tropical getaway. Creating this design at home is more accessible. A quick tutorial, and you’re all set to sport those tropical vibes on your toes!
The New Classic: V-Shape French Tips
Are you a fan of French tips but looking to try something different? Say hello to V-shape French tips. This fresh take on the classic design has been making waves recently. Check out this video tutorial for an easy guide to achieving this look at home.
Ocean-inspired: Turquoise Black & Gold
Regarding summer colors, turquoise is at the top of my list. If you have not tried turquoise on your nails, now is the time! This color has a vibrant summer vibe that looks great on toenails. I recently tried a combination of turquoise, black, and gold, and the result was an incredibly unique, summer-perfect design.
A Slice of Summer: The Watermelon Design
Continuing our love for fruit nail designs, the watermelon nail design is another fun one. Nothing screams “summer” like a juicy slice of watermelon, and this design is a fabulous way to let your toenails join the summertime festivities!
Art in Motion: Marble Toenails
Marble nails have been a favorite for fingernails, but how about trying this chic look on your toes? I can vouch that marbled designs look super cute on toenails. You can recreate the marble look on your own or take a shortcut with these gorgeous blue and white press-on toenails from Amazon.
Spring into Summer: Cherry Blossoms
Let’s finish with a unique and gorgeous design – the cherry blossom toenail look. Not only is this design aesthetically pleasing, but it also brings a touch of spring right into your summer. If you’re looking for a unique and different design this season, cherry blossoms might be the way to go.
The Summer Vibe: Tie-Dye Toenails
Tie-Dye isn’t just for T-shirts anymore! This summer, I’m bringing this 70s trend to my toenails. With a splash of colors, Tie-Dye toenails are an instant mood-lifter. Every glance at my feet brings back memories of sunny days, music festivals, and beach trips. Check out this rainbow tie-dye press-on toenails for a quick and easy Tie-Dye transformation. Compliments guaranteed!
A Simple Touch: Solid Color
Sometimes, simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. For those who appreciate minimalist elegance, painting your toenails in a solid color can create a neat and chic summer look. A personal favorite of mine is light pink – it’s a fresh, summer-friendly color that matches almost every outfit. For a fuss-free application, these solid-color press-on toenails are a fantastic pick.
Wild at Heart: Pink Leopard
Embrace your wild side this summer with some animal prints on your toes! Animal print designs have been making quite a roar in the nail fashion world recently. One of my favorites is the pink leopard print design. It’s the perfect blend of cute and edgy, with a splash of summer fun. This step-by-step tutorial will help you unleash your inner leopard.
Bright and Bold: Neon
Make a vibrant statement this summer with neon toenails! There’s no better time to experiment with those eye-catching neon colors. Whether you go with a solid neon look or use neon colors in a funky design (like the one in this tutorial), your toes will be summer-ready in no time. And remember, a few rhinestones can add the perfect finishing touch!
Classic with a Twist: Colorful French Tips
Colorful French tips are a great way to bring color to the classic French manicure look. If you love French tips like me but are looking for a fun variation, this is the trend for you. Try them on your toes for a refreshing summer twist. Trust me, it’s a game-changer!
For the Romantics: Hearts
Are you a romantic at heart? Then the heart nail trend is tailor-made for you. This girly design looks great in any color and adds an unexpected charm to your toes. You can DIY this look or opt for these adorable pink and red press-on toenails for an easy application.
Experience the beautiful transition of summer colors right on your nails with an ombre sunset design. It’s like having a small piece of those late-summer evenings with you wherever you go.
This design is perfect for those who love clean lines and unique shapes. It can range from simple to intricate and adds a touch of modern artistry to your toes.
Capture the essence of a tropical paradise with designs featuring palms, fruits, or flamingos. It’s a joyful choice that brings a little slice of vacation to your everyday life.
Opt for a tranquil and refreshing design featuring gentle beach waves to bring the soothing vibes of the ocean to your toenails. This design pairs beautifully with sand between your toes.
Bring some sparkle to your step with a glitter galaxy design, incorporating various glitter polishes to create a sparkling, starry sky on your nails. It’s a wonderful option for summer nights out.
Go for a fresh, cool look with mint-colored polish, perhaps paired with small white floral accents. It’s a great way to bring fresh air to your summer style.
Embellish your toenails with tiny seashell accents for a design that’s as charming as a walk on the beach. This delicate and delightful look adds a touch of seaside magic to your pedicure.
Embrace the picnic vibes with a gingham pattern design, which is both classic and trendy. It adds a cute and preppy touch to your summer outfits.
Try incorporating blue and white stripes with small anchor accents for a nautical theme that’s perfect for summer. It’s a classic choice that evokes the fun and freedom of sailing the high seas.
Unleash your creativity with an abstract art design featuring swirls, dots, and lines in a vibrant color palette. It’s a unique option that turns your toenails into tiny canvases showcasing modern art.
Dive into a futuristic vibe with metallic shades that catch the light beautifully. These hues, ranging from silver to gold, bring a dash of glam to any summer outfit.
Incorporate intricate Aztec prints to create a bold and vibrant look. It’s a design that combines tradition and trendiness, adding a splash of culture to your summertime looks.
Embrace the calming hues of lavender fields in your toenail design, possibly with tiny lavender flower accents. It’s a refreshing and soothing choice that pairs wonderfully with summer sandals.
Coral Reef Inspiration
Draw inspiration from the underwater world with coral reef-themed designs featuring sea stars, corals, and fish. It’s a bright and colorful choice that brings the beauty of the ocean to your toes.
Glow in the Dark
Add a fun twist to your night-time adventures with glow-in-the-dark nail polish. This quirky design lights up the night and will be a conversation starter at any evening summer gathering.
Channel bohemian vibes with earthy tones and intricate patterns, perhaps with small feather or dreamcatcher accents. It’s a relaxed and artistic choice, perfect for summer festivals or beach outings.
Celebrate the season of fresh fruits with designs featuring cherries, strawberries, or pineapples. This cheerful choice brings a touch of sweetness to your summer days.
Opt for a softer approach with pastel rainbow designs that add a subtle splash of color to your toenails. This design evokes the serene and gentle hues of a morning sky, adding a dreamy touch to your look.
Incorporate bold lines and geometric shapes of tribal art to create a striking and powerful toenail design. It’s a look that brings a sense of strength and tradition to your summer style.
Embrace the romance of summer with a delicate floral lace design, maybe even with tiny pearl accents. It’s a feminine and graceful option, adding a touch of elegance to your summertime ensemble.
I remember the sheer joy I felt when I first tried neon polish; it felt like I was wearing little sunsets on my toes! With a neon pink base, your nails will be ready to bloom on a bright summer day. Make it extra special with a hand-painted flower on your big toe, or take the swift route with a vibrant flower decal. Trust me, this design is a mood lifter!
Blue Hearts Affair
Set the tone for a serene beach day with this blue heart design. Painting a heart on your big toe against a white base coat gives a pop that’s reminiscent of the blue summer sky. To create a harmonious flow, paint the remaining nails in the same blue shade, a perfect companion to your favorite pair of summer sandals.
Who doesn’t love a striking, bold flower to embody the spirit of summer? I love using a dark polish to sketch a bright flower, it just adds a fabulous contrast and packs a punch. Coordinate the other nails with the same flower hue for a vibrant and cohesive look.
Shimmer and Shine
Sparkle lovers, this one’s for you! Starting with a bright base coat, unleash your inner artist with a fine-tip brush to sketch a design on the big toe. I’ve found that using acrylic paint gives a neat finish, and remember to seal your masterpiece with a clear coat to add that perfect shine.
Peachy Beach Days
Picture this: walking along the sandy beach with toenails painted robustly peach. Oh, how it complements the golden sands! Decorate your big toe with a floral accent to make a sweet statement. It pairs splendidly with a pair of breezy flip-flops.
Dual Tones: Green and Pink
Ready for a trendy twist? Opt for a cool dual-tone look by painting one foot in pink and the other in green. It’s a delightful combination that breaks the monotony and adds fun to your summer attire.
The ombre trend is special in my heart, constantly reminding me of serene sunsets. Achieve this calming gradient with shades of peach on a white base. It’s a subtle yet charming choice that is all the rage, and understandably so.
Classic Reds with a Twist
There’s something timeless about red toenails, wouldn’t you agree? Elevate this classic with a delicate white heart on your big toe, a little detail that adds charm. It’s a loving touch that always brings a smile to my face.
Celebrate Summer with Happy Toenails
There’s nothing like a fresh pedicure to welcome the summer with open arms. Embrace the season with vibrant colors and playful details, transforming your toes into a canvas of joy and celebration. It’s the small joys like these that make summer genuinely delightful!
Let Your Toes Do the Talking
Embrace the abstract with your toes as your canvas! This trend is about letting your creativity run wild with various colors and patterns. Even I was surprised at the freedom this design offers – it’s a brilliant opportunity to create a mini-art gallery on your toes, without the pressure of perfection.
Embrace Tranquility with Baby Blue
Can we take a moment to appreciate the calming vibes of baby blue? It’s almost like having little patches of clear sky at your feet, bringing peace wherever you go. A universally flattering shade, it’s an ideal choice for a serene and graceful pedicure, blending seamlessly with various skin tones and radiating a gentle charm that’s hard to resist.
Classic Romance: Black and White Heart Design
Remember the timeless appeal of black and white films? This nail design echoes that classic allure. The juxtaposition of black and white in a heart design is not just eye-catching but a statement of elegance that pairs with practically any outfit. It’s like having little pieces of art that accentuate your style and add a sprinkle of romance to your step.
Sparkling Night Sky: Black Glitter Nails
Oh, the dramatic allure of black! It’s a hue that commands attention and holds a beloved spot in the fashion world. And when paired with glitter, it’s like having a twinkling night sky at your fingertips. This design promises a splash of glamour, adding a sparkly contrast that will surely turn heads.
Earthy Harmony: Blue, Brown, and Cream Pedicure
Channel the soothing vibe of a beach outing with this harmonious blend of blue, brown, and cream. This trio creates a visual symphony, offering an interesting play of contrasts and complements. From abstract strokes to solid blocks of color, this combination invites many designs that promise an eye-catching and grounded pedicure.
Fluttering Beauty: Butterfly Toe Nails
Embrace the vibrant hues and profound symbolism of butterflies for your next pedicure. Symbolizing growth and transformation, this design allows you to craft a beautiful narrative on your toenails, portraying your journey and aspirations with every fluttering wing.
Animated Fun: Cartoon Pedicure
Relive childhood’s joy and innocence with a pedicure featuring your favorite cartoon characters. It’s a playful nod to the vibrant hues and joyful narratives of our favorite animated shows, offering a splash of color and a dose of happiness with every step.
Delightful Indulgence: Cheesy Toe Nails
For the cheese aficionados, why not let your pedicure reflect your culinary passions? This fun and quirky design, featuring warm hues of yellow and orange, brings a burst of sunshine and a sprinkle of humor to your toes, proving that fashion can be deliciously fun!
Summer Vibes: Cherry Toe Nails
Celebrate the joyous vibes of summer with a cherry-inspired pedicure. Cherries symbolize love and innocence, and incorporating them into your toenail design can add a vibrant and sweet touch to your summer look, making every step a delightful and colorful journey.
Festive Joy: Christmas Toe Nails
Ah, the festive season! Bring the joy of Christmas right to your toes with holiday-inspired designs. Whether it’s the traditional hues of red, white, and green or whimsical patterns of snowflakes and candy canes, this design promises to add a festive sparkle to your step.
Daydreaming with Clouds Pedicure
Let’s float away in the beautiful world of cloud-inspired nail art. Simple yet utterly dreamy, this design features fluffy clouds drifting across a sky-blue backdrop, offering fresh air and a whimsical touch to your pedicure, ensuring that you step out in style, come rain or shine!
The Grace of Grey Toe Nails
Stepping into the world of grey doesn’t have to be dull or dreary. Oh no, it’s quite the opposite! Picture a calming cloudy day, where the serenity of grey brings a sense of balance and sophistication. I remember pairing a grey toenail polish with a bright yellow sundress last summer and let me tell you, the contrast was absolutely eye-catching. Grey offers a beautiful canvas for other hues to pop, making your toes a chic focal point of your summer ensemble.
Blooming Marvels: Colorful Floral Toe Nails
Imagine wandering through a vibrant garden in full bloom – that’s the essence of colorful floral toenails. Adorning your toes with vivid floral patterns can be like carrying a bouquet of happiness wherever you go. Whether it’s daisies, roses or lavender, don’t shy away from letting a garden blossom right at your feet. A personal favorite anecdote is when a little niece of mine thought I had stickers on my nails and tried to peel them off – too cute!
Unleashing Wilderness: Reptile Inspired Toe Nails
For those who wish to make a bold statement, the reptile-inspired toenails could be your go-to choice. Think rich textures and captivating patterns that echo the beauty and mystery of reptiles. It can be an excellent conversation starter at any summer pool party. Pairing these with a simple outfit can instantly elevate your fashion game, adding a hint of wilderness to your style.
Timeless Elegance: French Toe Nails
Ah, the classic French toenails! This style embodies timeless elegance, offering a clean, polished look that complements any outfit. Whether heading to a brunch or a formal event, you can never go wrong with this style. I often opt for French toenails when I want a sophisticated yet understated look. It’s like the little black dress of nail designs – always in vogue!
Bridal Bliss: Wedding Toe Nails
For those walking down the aisle this summer, wedding toenails can be the perfect finishing touch to your bridal look. Think soft pastels, delicate lace patterns, and a hint of sparkle to celebrate your special day. When I attended my best friend’s wedding, she had tiny crystals adorned on her toenails, which added a beautiful sparkle with every step she took.
The Subtle Charm of Matte Toe Nails
If you enjoy a modern and understated vibe, matte toenails are just for you. This style eschews the shine for a more refined and elegant appearance. It’s fantastic how a matte finish can transform even the brightest of colors into something subtle and sophisticated. Pair it with metallic accessories for a balanced and chic look.
Dive into the Depth: Ultra Black Pedicure
Last but certainly not least, let’s delve into the dramatic realm of ultra-black pedicures. This style screams confidence and boldness, making a clear statement wherever you go. It’s the kind of pedicure that pairs wonderfully with silver jewelry, creating a striking contrast that’s hard to ignore.
Sunset Toe Nails
A canvas of orange, pink, and purple gradients can beautifully capture the essence of a summer sunset. As you lounge by the beach or pool, these hues shimmer and dance, reminding everyone of those magical twilight moments. To add more drama, consider a silhouette of palm trees on the big toe!
Inspired by the seaside and sailor motifs, nautical stripes combine navy blue with white for a crisp, clean look. This chic and playful design makes it perfect for boat trips or beach days. Add a tiny anchor or wheel design for an extra touch of the seas.
Nothing screams summer quite like the refreshing sight of watermelon! A bright pink base with tiny green tips can imitate a slice of this juicy fruit. Add tiny black seeds – and voilà, you’ve got a fruity delight at your feet for a more playful vibe.
8 Other Fab Summer Toenail Designs To Inspire You
- Glitter Gradient: For a touch of sparkle, consider a glitter gradient design. Start with a clear or solid base, and gradually apply glitter polish, concentrating more on the tips of your nails. This creates a beautiful shimmering effect that’s perfect for catching the summer sun.
- Ocean Waves: If you’re a beach lover, try painting waves on your toenails. You can create a calming ocean scene on your toes using different shades of blue and white.
- Sunset Ombre: Mimic the beautiful colors of a summer sunset with a stunning ombre effect. Blend shades of red, orange, and yellow for a design that will truly stand out.
- Nautical Stripes: Classic navy and white stripes are timeless and evoke a nautical vibe, perfect for a summer spent by the water.
- Geometric Patterns: For something modern and edgy, try geometric patterns. Simple lines and shapes can create a unique and stylish design.
- Pineapple Print: This is a fun and quirky design for those who like a bit of whimsy in their nail art. A bright yellow pineapple on a bold, contrasting background, like teal or hot pink, really pops!
- Pastel Rainbows: Summer is a time for vibrant colors, so why not include them all? Pastel rainbow nails are fun, trendy, and perfect for the season.
- Minimalist Dots: Try this minimalist design if you prefer a cleaner look. You can place a single dot in the middle of each nail or a few dots in a line for an understated yet chic style.
Remember, the most important thing is to have fun with your nail designs and choose a style that makes you feel confident and fabulous!
10 Tips To Take Make Your Beautiful Toenail Designs Last Longer
Proper toenail care is essential not just for aesthetic purposes but also for maintaining good foot health. Here are some simple steps to ensure your toenails stay in top condition at home:
1. Regular Cleaning: Soak your feet in warm soapy water for 10 minutes to soften your nails and clean your feet. After soaking, gently scrub your feet and nails with a brush to remove dirt.
2. Trim Correctly: Use a nail clipper to trim your toenails. The nails should be cut straight across and not too short to avoid ingrown nails. Smooth out the edges with a file, always moving in one direction.
3. Moisturize: After washing, always moisturize your feet and nails. This helps to prevent cracked heels and keeps your nails hydrated and healthy.
4. Avoid Tight Shoes: Wearing shoes that are too tight can cause damage to your toenails and may lead to conditions such as ingrown nails or nail fungus.
5. Treat Issues Promptly: If you notice problems like ingrown nails, fungal infections, or other abnormalities, it’s best to treat them promptly. Over-the-counter treatments can work for minor issues, but for more severe problems, you should visit a podiatrist.
6. Use a Base Coat: Always use a base coat before applying nail polish. It provides a barrier that protects your nails from the pigment in the nail polish, preventing staining and damage.
7. Let Your Nails Breathe: If you frequently wear nail polish, it’s essential to give your nails a break now and then to prevent them from becoming dry and brittle.
8. Practice Good Hygiene: If you’re getting a pedicure outside, ensure the tools are sterilized. At home, clean your tools regularly to avoid the spread of bacteria and fungi.
9. Stay Hydrated and Eat Healthily: Hydration and a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals contribute significantly to nail health.
10. Use Quality Products: Invest in good quality nail products, as cheaper ones might contain harmful chemicals that could damage your nails in the long run.
Remember, maintaining healthy toenails combines good hygiene, proper care techniques, and a well-balanced diet.
5 Places To Buy Press-On Toenails If You Are In A Rush
Press-on toenails are a fantastic alternative for those who want beautifully designed nails without investing the time or money into a professional pedicure. Here’s where you can find them:
1. Online Marketplaces: Websites like Amazon, Etsy, and eBay have a vast selection of press-on toenails. You can find various designs, colors, and styles on these platforms, catering to all sorts of aesthetic preferences.
2. Beauty Supply Stores: Sally Beauty, Ulta, or Sephora often carry press-on toenails. It’s worth checking their online sites if you prefer shopping digitally, but going in person can also give you a better sense of the product.
3. Department Stores: Larger department stores, especially those with beauty sections like Walmart, Target, or Walgreens, will also have press-on nails. These are often available at a reasonable price.
4. Brand Websites: Many nail care brands, like Kiss or Dashing Diva, offer their products directly on their websites. These sites might also have exclusive designs not available elsewhere.
5. Instagram Shops: Many independent nail artists are selling their custom designs on Instagram. This is a great place to find unique, handmade press-on nails, including toenails.
Before purchasing, remember to check product reviews and ratings to ensure you’re buying a quality product. Additionally, ensure the kit includes the necessary adhesive and that you’re comfortable with the application method, whether adhesive tabs or glue.
And there you have it, my beauties – 20 summer-ready, head-turning toenail designs for 2023. From classic French tips with a colorful twist to bold neon hues and charming heart patterns, there’s a style for every mood and personality. My top tip? Don’t be afraid to experiment! Nail art is a form of self-expression, and summer is the perfect time to let your creativity shine. As with any beauty regime, always prioritize your nail health: invest in quality polishes, maintain hygiene, and give your nails a break between manicures to prevent damage. And remember, not all of us are nail artists, and that’s okay! Press-on options and professional nail technicians are there to bring your dream toenail design to life. So, as we welcome the sunshine of summer 2023, let’s make every flip-flop a fashion statement and step out in style!
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