My entire vibe for summer 2023 is “more is more,” bb. I will be clipping in tinsel hair extensions, slathering on layers of glowy body oil, and drawing on wings with the brightest-colored eyeliners I can find. And the one area I will be especially maximalist on is my nails, because summer 2023 nail trends did not come to play. Scroll through celebrity nail artists on IG, or check out the spring/summer 2023 runways, and you’ll see neon nail colors, dangly nail jewelry, textured nail designs, and chrome everything.
And of course, I scoured Instagram for all the best summer 2023 nail trends, then asked nail artists Miki Higuchi, Jin Soon Choi, Areia Nguerebanda, and Kameron Lange to give me the lowdown on how to DIY these looks at home (you might wanna stock up on some press-on nail kits and chrome nail powder). Now keep scrolling for all the ~lewks~ on my 2023 mood board:
Iridescent-chrome nails for summer 2023
Cyber-dot nail trend
If you’ve seen the iconic Jean Paul Gaultier dress that these nails are modeled after, you’re a real one—and you’ll also be unsurprised to find the inspo has made its way to your nails too. “The look is very colorful and trendy, which makes it perfect for summer,” says Higuchi. Bonus points if you try a multicolor finish similar to the dress for the full effect.
Sheer-blush summer nails
Strawberry-glazed donut nails for summer
“I think pink nails are trending partially because of the 2023 Pantone Color of the Year, Viva Magenta, being in the red/pink family, and also the Barbie movie coming out this year,” says nail artist Kameron Lange. Add chrome powder on top, and you’ve got a shiny, sparkly take for summer 2023, she says. To get the look at home, paint on a pink base color (try a bright-pink like Gucci Glossy Nail Polish in Valentine Fuschia, or a muted blush like Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail Polish in Blushed Petal), then lightly brush on the chrome finish with a silver chrome powder, suggests nail artist Areia Nguerebanda.
Negative-space French tips
French manicures will absolutely never go out of style, but there are always new iterations to try to make it look more elevated every season. “I predict we will be seeing variations on the French manicure using cool color combinations and French line shapes,” says nail artist Jin Soon Choi, like these negative-space French tips. Try it with any color you like, whether you go for a neutral look or prefer a bright shade like above.
Lavender summer 2023 nail trend
Tropical summer florals
I’m, personally, planning to manifest a beach vacay this summer with a tropical-floral design like the one above. I’ll def go for airbrushed flowers too for an even stronger Y2k vibe, but I might try painted flowers if I have enough time and confidence.
Neon summer nails
Just looking at these nails is making me want to grab my straw tote and a spicy romance book and escape to Cabo, because neons just scream summer vacation. For a more simple look, I might try a neon accent nail to dip my ~fingers~ into summer nails, but when I do leave on vacay, I will absolutely be trying a similar neon design as above.
Bright gradient designs for summer 2023
Already sent this inspo to my bestie for my next nail design because it’s so colorful and cheery. I have so many options to choose from whenever I head to the nail salon (I mean, did you see all the looks above?), and I’m essentially considering this gradient a mix of ‘em all. Just know that a design like this one can take time, so I’ll be planning the shades in advance and prepping a fat tip for my nail tech.
Meet the experts:
- Miki Higuchi is a nail artist based in New York, NY. She focuses on editorial nail looks and has created nail designs for magazine shoots.
- Jin Soon Choi is a nail artist based in New York, NY. Her work has been featured on runways and on celebrities. She’s also the founder of JINSoon, a line of nail polishes and nail tools with a salon in Manhattan.
- Kameron Lange is a nail artist at Tricoci Salon in Naperville, IL. She’s an expert in freehand nail art, gel nails, and gel-nail extensions.
- Areia Nguerebanda is a nail artist at Tricoci Salon in Orland Park, IL, where she specializes in all types of nail art and nail extensions like Aprés Gel-X and acrylics.
Why trust ‘Cosmopolitan’?
Beth Gillette is the beauty editor at Cosmopolitan with nearly five years of experience researching, writing, and editing nail stories that range from dip powder nails to 2023 nail trends to manicure sets. She’s an authority in all nail categories, but became an expert on summer 2023 nail trends after attending backstage at New York Fashion Week and interviewing top nail artists.
Beth Gillette is the beauty editor at Cosmopolitan, where she covers skincare, makeup, hair, nails, and more across digital and print. She can generally be found in bright eyeshadow furiously typing her latest feature or hemming and hawing about a new product you "have to try." Prior to Cosmopolitan, she wrote and edited beauty content as an Editor at The Everygirl for four years. Follow her on Instagram for makeup selfies and a new hair 'do every few months.
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