Get your nails glowing with these stunning neon nail designs! From vibrant rainbow hues to more subtle ways to wear the trend, these 30 colorful nail ideas are perfect for a bright mani.
Bold, bright, and effortlessly eye-catching, neon nails are to summer what pastel nails are to spring: a trend that keeps coming back year after year. Neon nails are the electrifying jolt your summer style needs, and just like that trusty bottle of sunscreen, they’re here to protect your beach outfits from the harmful rays of monotony.
So, if you’re tired of blending in with the sand and surf, it’s time to turn up the voltage on your nail game. These 30 designs are the perfect place to start.
The Best Neon Nails For The Summer
1. Neon Stripes
The neon French tips sit alongside neon striped nails to create an eye-catching manicure! Each nail has a pale pink base, then three nails are finished with pink, yellow, and orange French tips, while the middle and ring fingers are decorated with neon and glittery stripes, to add a little extra sparkle to the nails.
2. Pink glitter
Neon and glitter are the perfect combination for the summer months, which is why you need this pink glitter manicure this summer! Three nails are painted with neon pink polish, while the middle and ring fingers have a glitter ombre look, with a gold and pink glitter base that fades to light pink at the tip of the nail.
3. yellow + pink
The pink base really allows the neon yellow details to pop in this stunning manicure. The little finger is painted with neon yellow polish, then the rest of the nails have a rosy pink base and are decorated with neon yellow stars, creating an attention-grabbing nail design.
4. Bejwelled neon green
This bejeweled neon green manicure will look stunning for both summer days and late nights! Three of the nails are painted with neon green polish, while the middle and ring fingers have a glossy, natural base then are decorated with a neon green French tip and iridescent rhinestone studs at the base of the nail for a glamorous touch.
5. Multicolored spots
We love this multicolored, contrasting spots manicure that will add a bright pop of color to any outfit. Each nail is painted with a different, brightly colored polish, then decorated with a contrasting polka dot somewhere on the nail, creating a striking nail design that we just adore!
6. Pink, green + orange
Have a little fun mixing neon colors into a unique nail design, like this flecked pink, green, and orange manicure. The nails start with a pale pink base, which really allows the different colors to pop, then are decorated with flecks and spots of green, pink, and orange polish, with a touch of gold foil too, adding a little extra sparkle.
7. Abstract Waves + French tips
Go for a fun, artistic nail look with this abstract waves and French tips manicure! The thumb, ring, and little finger all have a neon orange base and are finished with a pink French tip, while the index and middle fingers have a nude base and feature a wave of blue polish, decorated with pink and orange details to create an attention-grabbing design.
8. Sparkling rhinestones
Rhinestones add a little extra glamour to any nail design, as you can see with this neon manicure. This design mixes French tips, on the index and little finger, with super popular aura nails, on the thumb, middle, and ring finger to create a gorgeous manicure. The nails also feature lots of different neon and pastel colors for the perfect summertime look.
9. Neon French tips
If you are a fan of a more minimalist, paired-back look, then this neon French tip manicure is just perfect for you. The nails have a glossy nude base, then are finished with a neon French tip, with a different color on each nail for a striking finish.
10. Matte neon
We love the matte finish on these neon nails – such a fun alternative to the usual glossy top coats. These nails are painted in yellow, taupe, pink, orange, and blue tones, finished with a matte top coat, and then decorated with glittering gold mini polka dots to add a little extra sparkle to this chic design.
11. Neon Yellow
This neon yellow manicure will bring out your summer tan, making it the manicure you need when you are heading off, or have just got back from your summer vacation!
This manicure includes a range of designs, including French tips, a neon yellow ombre, yellow glitter, and neon yellow and silver embellishments – so stunning!
12. Sunset waves
The sunset color palette on this manicure looks just gorgeous! All the nails start with a nude-pink base, then the thumb, ring, and little finger feature French tips, while the index and middle fingers are decorated with waves of neon yellow, orange, and pink polish.
13. Green on green
Go tonal with this green-on-green manicure. The nails start with a pale green base and then are decorated with curves and semi-circles of neon green polish to create a unique and artistic manicure. The green looks incredible, but you could really do this with any color, just pick a pastel and neon shade in the same color.
This star-studded nail design is so much fun and will really make a statement this summer. The nails have a sheer, pink base then are decorated with stars, or the outline of a star, in neon pink, orange, yellow, green, purple, and blue shades creating a striking manicure!
15. Glittery neon swirls
These glittery neon nails look incredible and really bring the summer vibes. The nails have a nude base then are decorated with waves and swirls of ombre neon pink and orange glittery polish around the sides and tip of the nail, framed with a sky blue wave to complete the summertime aesthetic.
16. Neon orange
Go all out with this gorgeous, glittery neon orange manicure. Three nails have been painted with glossy neon orange polish, while the ring finger is decorated with neon orange and glittery orange waves and the little finger is covered entirely in orange glitter for a sparkling finish.
17. Neon rays
This manicure looks as though neon rays of light are bursting from the nail, creating a dazzling look. The rays start at the base of the nail with an iridescent rhinestone, then burst out in stripes of neon pink, yellow, green, blue, and red polish, for a fun and eye-catching rainbow-like look.
18. Multicolored polka dots
Keep it simple with this chic polka dot design that always looks stunning. Each of the nails has a sheer pale pink base, then three nails are decorated with neon yellow French tip, while the middle and ring finger are decorated with a stripe of multicolored, neon polka dots creating the perfect manicure for the summer months.
19. Sheer French tips
Play around with the classic French tip design with this neon, sheer French tip manicure. The nails are painted with neon pink polish, that is opaque on the base of the nail, but then has a sheer, semi-transparent finish on the French tip, which is framed by pink polish to create a unique and attention-grabbing design.
20. Fruity details
We love the fruity touch of the manicure, which brings all the vacation vibes! The nails are painted with glossy, neon polishes in pink, yellow, green, and orange shades, while the ring finger has a faded neon base and is decorated with little black and gold fruits, including pineapples and strawberries – so cute!
21. Two-tone French tips
This two-tone French tip design is perfect for the spring and summer months, adding a little pop of color to any outfit. All the nails have a clear glossy base and then are decorated with different colored French tips, featuring two shades of the same color. For example, the middle fingers have a pastel pink French tip, finished with a neon pink curve of polish.
22. Lime green
Go for a more minimalist neon look with this lime green manicure. The nails have been painted with lime green neon polish, then a crescent at the base of the has been left natural, adding a chic design detail to this sleek manicure.
23. Multicolored waves
We love this multicolored wave design that is exactly what you need for your next summer vacation. The nails start with a sheer white base, then each nail is decorated with a neon French tip and then a wave along the side of the nail in a different neon polish, creating a striking and bold manicure.
24. Embellished pink stars
This starry manicure is just irresistible, with its eye-catching, glamorous look. Three nails have been painted with bright pink polish, while the middle and ring fingers have a pale pink base and are decorated with neon pink stars, with a sparkling rhinestone in the center, adding a sparkling finishing touch.
25. Neon flecks
Add neon flecks to your nails to create a stunning manicure with an abstract, artistic touch. The thumb and index finger have been painted with neon orange polish, while the rest of the nails have a sheer pink base then are decorated with flecks of pink, orange, and green polish.
26. Diagonal Tips
Just add a touch of neon polish to the tip of the nail for a more minimalist summer look. These nails all have a clear, glossy base, then are decorated with a diagonal neon yellow tip, finished with a stripe of glittery gold polish. The ring finger stands out as the only nail with a classic white diagonal tip.
27. Neon florals
Neon colors and floral patterns are a must for the summer months, making this manicure the ultimate summer nail design. The nails are painted with a neon green base, which really makes the neon pink flower pop, each finished with a touch of fuchsia polish in the center.
28. Retro touch
How can you resist the retro vibes of this manicure?! These nails include flowers, stars, sparkles, waves, and French tips all in a range of neon shades, creating an eye-catching design. You can mix and match these designs to create your own nail design.
29. Neon pink + glitter
Go all out pink with this neon pink and glitter manicure! Each of the nails has been painted in a different shade of bright pink, with a darker shade on the index finger and a lighter bubblegum pink on the little finger. The ring finger stands out as the accent nail, covered entirely in pink glitter!
30. Vertical Stripes
You just need to add a stripe of neon polish to create a striking, bold nail design! This gorgeous manicure starts with a sheer white base, then each nail is decorated with a stripe of neon polish, alongside a stripe of gleaming gold polish for a glamorous finishing touch.