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These 7 Cute Nail Colours Are On-Trend and So Photogenic

I’ll admit a year-plus of quarantining left me pretty neglectful in terms of my nails. With nowhere to go and no one to see, why put in the effort to paint them and painstakingly wait for them to dry? Of course, that all changed once summer came around and my social calendar filled up. Now, I’m obsessed with giving myself DIY manicures at home, being sure to switch up my polish on a weekly basis.

We typically associate bright and neon colours with summer, but 2021’s current nail color trends span a range of shade categories—from chic neutrals to pretty pastels, and yes, of course, still plenty of brights. And while these shades look great on a basic solid manicure, they’re also perfect for incorporating into your choice of nail art designs.

Ahead, I’ve rounded up the seven cute nail colours of the summer. Whatever nail shape you choose—whether short and round or lengthy stilettos—gracing your fingertips with any of these shades is the key to elevating your summer look.

1. Citrus Green

Cute Nail Colors: Citrus

Photo:

@browngirlhands

While I love all the colours on this list, this one has to be my favourite by far. What screams “summer” more than painting your nails a refreshing shade of citrus green? Opt for pale pastel shades for a subtler look, or go bold with a brighter hue.

OPI Infinite Shine Nail Lacquer in Pear-adise Cove
OPI
Infinite Shine Nail Lacquer in Pear-adise Cove
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Barry M Wildlife Nail Paint in Rainforest Green
Barry M
Wildlife Nail Paint in Rainforest Green
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CND Vinylux Crisp Green
CND Vinylux
Crisp Green
£12
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2. Terra-Cotta

Cute Nail Colors: Terra Cotta

Photo:

@betina_goldstein

I love a good neutral (who doesn’t?), and I must say, this terra-cotta shade seen on Betina Goldstein is perfect for summer. With tinges of red and orange, it makes for a great alternative to classic bold red while not feeling bland. Plus, it’ll blend in with any of your sartorial choices seamlessly.

Dior Rouge Dior Vernis Nail Polish in Dune
Dior
Rouge Dior Vernis Nail Polish in Dune
£22
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Nails Inc Caught in the Nude in Tulum Beach
Nails Inc
Caught in the Nude in Tulum Beach
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J.Hannah Nail Polish in Ghost Ranch
J.Hannah
Nail Polish in Ghost Ranch
£20
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3. Bright White

Cute Nail Colors: Bright Nails

Photo:

@ali_tate_cutler

I know, I know. It’s notoriously tough to paint your nails white without any irksome streaks. But if you’re up for the challenge, know that bright, opaque white nails are on-trend for summer. It makes a big statement, yet it goes with literally everything.

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail Colour in 113 White On Time
Sally Hansen
Insta-Dri Nail Colour in 113 White On Time
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Gucci Vernis à Ongles Nail Polish in Winterset Snow
Gucci
Vernis à Ongles Nail Polish in Winterset Snow
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Essie Nail Colour 1 Blanc Nail Polish
Essie
Nail Colour 1 Blanc Nail Polish
£8
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4. Tangerine

Cute Nail Colors: Tangerine

Photo:

@oliveandjune

In case you haven’t heard, orange is the new pink. And when it comes to our nails, bold, vibrant hues of tangerine reign supreme. This shade is certainly a statement, so treat it as the pièce de résistance in any summer look.

H&M Nail Polish in Orange Pop
H&M
Nail Polish in Orange Pop
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Essie Spring Collection Original Nail Polish in You Know The Espadrille
Essie
Spring Collection Original Nail Polish in You Know The Espadrille
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Kiko Milano Smart Nail Lacquer in 62 Orange
Kiko Milano
Smart Nail Lacquer in 62 Orange
£3
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Nails.Inc Naked in Neon Nail Polish in Walker's Court
Nails.Inc
Naked in Neon Nail Polish in Walker’s Court
£11
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5. Deep Forest Green

Cute Nail Colors: Forest Green

Photo:

@harrietwestmoreland

A dark nail is always chic. Instead of flat black, consider opting for a deep shade of forest green. It lends itself an understated pop of colour while remaining pretty neutral.

Manucurist Nail Polish in Emerald
Manucurist
Nail Polish in Emerald
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Nailberry L'Oxygene Nail Lacquer Viva La Vegan
Nailberry
L’Oxygene Nail Lacquer Viva La Vegan
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OPI Nail Lacquer in Stay Off The Lawn
OPI
Nail Lacquer in Stay Off The Lawn
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6. Baby Blue

Cute Nail Colors: Baby Blue

Photo:

@paragonnails

And now for some pastels: Channel the summer sky with these gorgeous shades of baby blue. They’ll look great incorporated into your nail art, but they’re also stunning on their own over a full nail.

Rimmel London Nail Polish 60 Second Pillow Talk
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Nail Polish 60 Second Pillow Talk
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Mavala Blue Siesta Nail Colour
Mavala
Blue Siesta Nail Colour
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Dear Sundays Non Toxic 10 Free Nail Polish in No.45
Dear Sundays
Non Toxic 10 Free Nail Polish in No.45
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7. Lilac

Cute Nail Colors: Lilac

Photo:

@paintboxnails

Another pastel hue that’s having a big moment? Lilac. This light pinky-purple hue is equal parts soft and bold, and I couldn’t be more about it.

Nailberry Lilac Fairy
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Lilac Fairy
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Essie Nail Colour in 37 Lilacism
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Nail Colour in 37 Lilacism
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Nails Inc It's Cool To Be Kind NailPure Nail Polish
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It’s Cool To Be Kind NailPure Nail Polish
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Up next, 8 lesser-known nail trends that are going to be huge.

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