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11 of the Hottest Summer Holiday Nails You Can't Miss Out On for 2024

Written by: Ellie Simmons

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Time to read 9 min

It's officially summer, and what better way to celebrate the sunshine than with some gorgeous summer holiday nails? It's time to rock some fun, bright colours and standout nail looks.


We've got all your summer nails inspo right here: from neon designs to pretty details, you'll be sure to stun at any pool party or beach outing. And even if you're planning on a staycation this year, you can bring the holiday right to your home with these stunning summer nails.


The Mylee team have rounded up 8 of the hottest nails trends we're expecting to see this summer – you really don't want to miss out on these!


So, let's get straight into it...

#1 Dainty Flower Summer Nails

Products used for this look…

  • Meant To Be Gel Polish 10ml

  • Orange Crush Gel Polish 10ml

  • Candy Girl Gel Polish 10ml

  • Lemon Squeeze Gel Polish 10ml

  • Dotting Tool Gel Polish 10ml

  • Base Coat Gel Polish 10ml

  • No Wipe Top Coat Gel Polish 10ml

  • Pro Salon Series Convex LED Lamp

It wouldn't be summer without a set of pretty florals, so we're kicking off our summer holiday nails ideas with this simple yet beautiful look created by our very own brand ambassador @jxckhxrperart.


We're bringing these spring pastel shades with us into the summer and adding a few bright orange pops to make it stand out against a naked nail base.


Jack has used Mylee gel nail polish shades Meant To Be, Orange Crush, Candy Girl and Lemon Squeeze with our Dotting Tool to create these flower summer nails.


The sheer light ‘nude’ base has been created using our Meant To Be shade, but you could totally switch it up with whichever nude colour best matches your skin tone.

#2 Refreshing Lemon Nails

Products used for this look…

  • Margarita Gel Polish 10ml

  • Break The Ice Gel Polish 10ml

  • Olive You Gel Polish 10ml

  • 5-in-1 Builder Gel Light Pink 15ml

  • Base Coat Gel Polish 10ml

  • No Wipe Top Coat Gel Polish 10ml

  • Pro Salon Series Convex LED Lamp

We're keeping it light and fresh with this cute lemon gel summer nail look.


Brand ambassador @beautybyeva.r has gone for a super bright and sunny combo with our Margarita, Break The Ice, Olive You and Builder Gel in shade Light Pink.


You can recreate the lemon nail art and French manicure tips on these gel nails using our nail art brushes to get perfect, professional-looking edges and lines.


And you could switch it up by incorporating orange and green gel polish for an even more fruity look.

#3 Greek Nail Art

Products used for this look…

  • Mylee Crete Retreat Gel Polish Duo 2x10ml

  • Mylee Slant Tip Tweezers

  • Base Coat Gel Polish 10ml

  • No Wipe Top Coat Gel Polish 10ml

  • Pro Salon Series Convex LED Lamp

Taking the Crete Retreat Duo, we've created this beautiful Greek-inspired mani that is perfect for your summer getaway or staycation. It's super simple, which is what we love about it!


The two shades in this duo embody the iconic white-and-blue Greek buildings, and the nail art stickers are inspired by the colourful tiles and Evil Eye motifs.

#4 Blue Wavy Nail Design

Products used for this look…

  • Ocean Deep Gel Polish 10ml

  • Bluebell Gel Polish 10ml

  • It's A Boy! Gel Polish 10ml

  • Fine nail art brush

  • Base Coat Gel Polish 10ml

  • No Wipe Top Coat Gel Polish 10ml

  • Pro Salon Series Convex LED Lamp

These summer holiday nails are for all you beach club and festival go-ers!


This blue wavy nail design adds a splash of ocean vibes to your summer look and will look beautiful against a sunny beach setting.


We've used a combination of 3 blue gel polish shades for this look – Ocean Deep, Bluebell, and It's A Boy! – and our new nail art brushes to create the French tip wave effect.


If blue isn't your thing, take a look at our other shades for more colour inspo – the possibilities are endless!

#5 Summer Swirly Nails

Products used for this look…

  • Break The Ice Gel Polish 10ml

  • Tangerine Sorbet Gel Polish 10ml

  • Pink Paradise Gel Polish 10ml

  • Peony Gel Polish 10ml

  • Let The Sun Shine Gel Polish 10ml

  • Fine nail art brush

  • Base Coat Gel Polish 10ml

  • No Wipe Top Coat Gel Polish 10ml

  • Pro Salon Series Convex LED Lamp

We're sticking with the swirls for these bright summer nails, but this time it's a lot more fun and colourful.


The colour combination here is so sweet and reminds us of all our favourite ice cream flavours. We've used shades Break The Ice, Tangerine Sorbet, Pink Paradise, Peony and Let The Sun Shine and our nail art brushes to create this look.


If there's one way to get into summer, it's definitely these summer holiday nails!

#6 Fruity Nail Art

Products used for this look…

  • Tuscan Orchard Gel Polish Duo 2x10ml

  • 7mm Ultra Fine Nail Brush

  • Slant Tip Tweezers

  • Base Coat Gel Polish 10ml

  • No Wipe Top Coat Gel Polish 10ml

  • Pro Salon Series Convex LED Lamp

If you're looking for something more fruity and summery, then this mani is made for you. It takes a classic French manicure and adds a fruity twist with the help of our Tuscan Orchard Duo and nail art stickers.


The peach and white gel polishes in this set create a subtle, natural-looking summery mani.


Add in the bright, fruit-inspired nail art stickers, and you'll be reminiscing about summer days in the Italian countryside.

#7 Pretty Micro French Nails

Products used for this look…

  • Lemon Squeeze Gel Polish 10ml

  • 5-in-1 Builder Gel Blush 15ml

  • 7mm Ultra Fine Brush

  • Base Coat Gel Polish 10ml

  • No Wipe Top Coat Gel Polish 10ml

  • Pro Salon Series Convex LED Lamp

Sometimes less is more, and these micro French nails certainly prove that.


Micro French tips have been everywhere for quite some time, and we don't see that changing for summer. Switching out a classic white tip for a brightly coloured gel polish is the perfect way to add a little more fun to your look.


Here we've used our Lemon Squeeze yellow gel polish and the 7mm Ultra Fine Brush to create this cool and refreshing design.


If you prefer slightly more natural nails, this is a great look to try out.

#8 Y2K Checkerboard Nails

Products used for this look…

  • Break The Ice Gel Polish 10ml

  • Witching Hour Gel Polish 10ml

  • Ocean Deep Gel Polish 10ml

  • Guilty Pleasure Gel Polish 10ml

  • Base Coat Gel Polish 10ml

  • No Wipe Top Coat Gel Polish 10ml

  • Pro Salon Series Convex LED Lamp

These Y2K checkerboard nails are a nod to the 00s, and we're living for it.


Our brand ambassador and nail artist @rubypolish has created a series of Y2K-inspired nail art graphics and French tips that embody a fun-filled, sun-filled summer.


Here she's used shades Break The Ice and Witching Hour for the white and black checkerboard, Ocean Deep for the flower and French tips, and Guilty Pleasure for the blue checkerboard design.

#9 Shimmering Gold Leaf Nails

Products used for this look…

  • Be Jewelled Nail Art Kit

  • 5-in-1 Builder Gel Blush 15ml

  • Base Coat Gel Polish 10ml

  • No Wipe Top Coat Gel Polish 10ml

  • Pro Salon Series Convex LED Lamp

Your nails will glisten under the golden sun for sure with this gold leaf nail design.


Although they're simple, these nails will make a statement wherever you go.


We've used Builder Gel in Blush, and the Dotting Tool and Gold Leaf in our Be Jewelled Nail Art Kit to create this look.


You could use the rest of the nail decals in the kit to add even more glitz to these gorgeous nails.

#10 Nail Jewels Are In!

Products used for this look…

  • Crown Jewels Kit

  • Forget Me Not Gel Polish 10ml

  • Base Coat Gel Polish 10ml

  • No Wipe Top Coat Gel Polish 10ml

  • Pro Salon Series Convex LED Lamp

Whilst we're on the subject of jewelled nails, it makes sense to talk about these gel nails created (once again) by brand ambassador and graphic designer @jxckhxrperart.


He's combined the blush nails trend (using our Forget Me Not shade) with the nail jewels in our Crown Jewels Kit to create these cute summer nails that we know will be a big hit this season.

“Blush nails are a Korean nail trend that has a pink glowing ‘aura’ effect in the middle of the nail, replicating the makeup blush look”

– Mooky, Glamour Magazine

#11 Kawaii Summer Pastel Nails

Products used for this look…

  • Mylee Tokyo Tourist Gel Polish Duo 2x10ml

  • Slant Tip Tweezers

  • Base Coat Gel Polish 10ml

  • No Wipe Top Coat Gel Polish 10ml

Last, but not least, are these summer pastel nails inspired by the kawaii culture of Japan. Taking our Tokyo Tourist Duo and nail art stickers, we've created this subtle but fun mani that you can wear all summer.


The soft pale pink and lilac shades are perfect for a more understated look that can be jazzed up with the cute and colourful nail art stickers in this set.

The Round-Up: Trending Summer Nail Ideas You've Got To Try

From pastel nails to funky summer nail designs, we're expecting to see a lot of colours when it comes to our summer holiday nails this year.


Whether you choose to recreate one of our looks or design your own, our collection of summer gel polishes will help you create the perfect summer nails that'll last through all your partying and summer shenanigans – so make sure you stock up on all your summer colours!


If you recreate any of the looks we've mentioned, don't forget to tag us on Instagram using the hashtag #NailedItyself so we can see your summer holiday nails and be featured! We'd love to see what you come up with.

FAQs

What colour nails should I wear for a summer holiday?

We're predicting blues, yellows, greens and pinks to be big this summer, but that's not to say you can't try out different shades. We also love purples and reds for the summertime.

How do I make my summer gel nails last on holiday?

Always apply a base coat before your colour and a top coat after, making sure to cure every polish layer under your Mylee lamp for the correct amount of time. You can apply a few layers of top coat to really protect your nails and make sure they last for the whole holiday. It’s important to note that, due to pigments in the polish, brighter neon shades can sometimes fade in direct sunlight.

What colour toenails should I wear in summer?

A matching mani-pedi always looks cute in summer, so you could match your toes to your fingernails. White is always a classic for summer toes, but you can really have fun with bright pinks and oranges too.

How many days before a holiday should I get my nails done?

You should do your nails as close to your holiday date as possible to ensure they look their best throughout your holiday. Mylee gel polish lasts up to 3 weeks, so plan accordingly depending on the length of your holiday.

How do you get nail art stickers to stick?

Apply your nail art stickers to a cured gel polish colour layer. Make sure you firmly press the stickers down to adhere them to the nail. You should then apply a Top Coat layer to 'seal' the nail art stickers in place, curing again under your Mylee LED Lamp for 30 to 60 seconds.

Ellie Simmons

Ellie is a Brand Ambassador for Mylee. Alongside being a skilled and certified nail technician, Ellie's expertise extends to gel manicures and nail extensions.


Her heart and soul are devoted to all things nail-related, and she loves flaunting her own long, natural nails with captivating nail art. Ellie's ultimate favourites are iridescent and sparkly designs!

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