Four Hot Nail Designs Perfect for Summer

Photo Credit: NinaMalyna/iStock/Getty Images Plus

Make a splash in your spa this summer by offering these fun nail art ideas from some of your favorite nail brands:

Deborah Lippmann

Step 1: Contour nails into a short, rounded shape using Smooth Operator 4-Way Nail Buffer.

Step 2: To prep the nail plate, exfoliate then hydrate the cuticle using Cuticle Remover and Cuticle Oil. Cleanse the nails with 2 Second Nail Primer prior to base-coat application to ensure all leftover debris is removed and the plate is clean.


American Spa's Noteworthy Naturals

Sample some of the hottest organic, green, natural, and clean products appealing to earth-conscious consumers. Up to 6 sample- and full-sized products from leading spa and wellness companies. LIMITED SUPPLY - get yours today!

Step 3: For the base, apply a coat of Gel Lab Pro Base Coat.

Step 4: Apply two coats of Shape Of My Heart.

Step 5: After waiting two minutes to dry, use a very fine nail brush, apply Fade To Black to create different architecturally inspired nail designs on
the index fingers.

Step 6: After waiting another two minutes to dry, apply one coat of Gel Lab Pro Top Coat to seal the nails and prevent chipping. Add The Wait Is Over Quick-Dry Drops as a finishing touch to ensure faster drying time.

Morgan Taylor

Step 1: After prepping nails, apply a thin coat of Stick With It base coat.

Step 2: Apply a thin coat of Arctic Freeze onto the entire nail making sure to cap the free edge. Apply a second coat for full coverage.

Step 3: Using Flamingo Float, create a round-shaped French near the free edge. Apply a second coat for full coverage.

Step 4: Using Black Shadow and the Mini Striper Brush, paint outlines and details on the flamingo.

Step 5: With a dotting tool and Limónade In The Shade, add dots above the flamingo.

Step 6: Continue adding dots using You’ve Got Tan-Gerine Lines and One Piece Or Two? Finish with Need For Speed top coat.


Step 1: Prep the nail by filing and shaping. Dehydrate with a wipe of Strengthening Lacquer Remover. 

Step 2: Apply a thin layer of clear Nail Hardener & Base Coat. 

Step 3: Apply two thin coats of Out of Office.

Step 4: Apply Royal Wedding to about one-third of the nail and cut across, with a thin nail art brush for precision.

Step 5: Apply Dolly Mix closer to the cuticle, with the same brush. 

Step 6: Apply Protective Top Coat. 


Step 1: Apply Infinite Shine Primer.

Step 2: Using a striping brush, draw a diagonal line across the nail with Danny & Sandy 4 Ever!, and fill in.

Step 3: With a dotting tool, place dots diagonally across the tip with Pink Ladies Rule The School.

Step 4: Repeat step 2 on the edge of the line, let dry, and apply Infinite Shine Gloss.


Get the Look: Free Spirit Nails from CND

Step-By-Step: Subtle Spring Nail Art

Get the Look: Windswept Ombré Nails

Suggested Articles

Check at this at-home laser, which helps boost collagen production.

Look inside the beauty bag of Orla Dooley, retail and spa manager at Seven Stars Resort & Spa, Grace Bay Beach, Providenciales (Turks & Caicos).

The package includes a customized wellness box, which is sent out each season with a host of surprising goodies inside.