Spring and Summer 2021 Nail Trends and Colors

by jessica pigza

There’s just something about that first pedicure of the spring whether I’m doing it myself or I’m able to make it to the salon. To me, it’s the official start of the season which means warm weather and lighter layers. It also means it’s time to break out my flip-flops and sandals. However, this year mother nature has been playing with my spring fever by covering the ground with snow not once but twice this April putting my sandal-wearing a bit on hold. Not to worry though, higher temps are coming and now I just need to decide if I want to go big and bold or soft and natural. Below are some of the fun ideas I’m seeing when it comes to spring and summer 2021 nail trends and colors. Which ones will you try?

1. Candy Colored Nails

These are nail colors good enough to eat! The bright rich colors remind me of a bag of skittles but prettier.

Essie Limited Edition Summer 2021 Collection

Essie Limited Edition Summer 2021 Nail Trends, bright colors

Deborah Lippmann Welcome to Paradise Nail Set

Deborah Lippmann Welcome to Paradise Nail Set, 2021 Nail Trends

2. Earthy Tones

On the opposite side of the bright and bold color spectrum are the soft and muted earth tones. These are the ones you’d find in nature like moss green, terracotta, pale yellow, and dessert sand. They’re still pretty colorful, just on a more subtle level compared to the bright candy colors above.

Essie Spring Trends 2021 Collection

Essie Spring Trends 2021 Nail Collection, Earth Tone Nail Trends

3. Dive into the Blue

Blue-toned polishes are a huge trend this season ranging from a bright royal blue to a tropical aqua, a minty green, and everything in between. Wear the color alone or add a coral or navy accent nail to take them up a notch. Need more inspiration? Just imagine a gorgeous blue sky over some fantastic tropical waters. The colors are amazing and something you can easily incorporate into your nail color.

H&M Sky High

H&M Sky High

Courtesy of The Polished Pursuit

Essie Seas The Day

Essie Seas The Day

Courtesy of Instagram @essie

Sally Hansen good. kind. pure. Nail Color Mint Refresh


4. Colorful Corals

I think it’s safe to say that coral polishes never really go out of style. They are a quintessential spring and summer nail color and with a variety of pink, orange, and red undertones, you’re sure to find one that you love.

CHANEL LE VERNIS Longwear Nail Colour Coralium

CHANEL LE VERNIS LONGWEAR NAIL COLOUR CORALIUM, Spring and Summer 2021 Nail Trends and Colors

OPI Aloha

OPI Aloha, Spring and Summer 2021 Nail Trends and Colors

Orly Push The Limit

Orly Push The Limit, Spring and Summer 2021 Nail Trends and Colors

5. Glitter Accents

The ring finger accent nail is still trending but what I’m seeing most is using a glitter polish or nail wrap to accomplish this look. Remember when applying a glitter polish you want to dab it on instead of swiping. This will allow more glitter to stay on your nail and not be brushed off. Below are some great ideas I found.

Sinful Colors Endless Blue & China Glaze Glitter-iffic

SINFUL COLORS ENDLESS BLUE & CHINA GLAZE GLITTER-IFFIC, Spring and Summer 2021 Nail Trends and Colors

Courtesy of Instagram @darkeststarnails

Essie Lady Like & Essie A Cut Above

Essie Lady Like and Essie A Cut Above, Spring and Summer 2021 Nail Trends and Colors

Courtesy of Rosy Disposition

China Glaze Four Leaf Clover & Color Club Gingerbread

CHINA GLAZE FOUR LEAF CLOVER & COLOR CLUB GINGERBREAD, Spring and Summer 2021 Nail Trends and Colors

Courtesy of glitterandnails.blogspot.com

6. Going nude

This is one of the surprise trends of the season, bare or nude nails. This trend is super easy to achieve and requires only the use of a clear coat. If you want to add a little something you can opt for one that has a pink tint to it or even something that is a little more opaque but still sheer.

Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Clear Polish


Dior Nail Glow Nail Enhancer


OPI Baby, Take A Vow

OPI Baby, Take A Vow

Essie Gossamer Garments


7. Multicolored Nails

When you can’t choose just one color, you don’t have to! Painting each nail a different color can be seen everywhere this season. The key to this trend is to find some sort of theme and go with it. For instance, use different shades of the same color family, or stick to all pastel colors or perhaps all bright colors. Using coordinating colors will also look great like navy, coral, and some gold glitter polish. Have you tried this trend yet? What color combinations did you use?

Zoya Polish in Byrdie, Winnie, Ella, Cora, and Sawyer

ZOYA POLISH IN BYRDIE, WINNIE, ELLA, CORA, AND SAWYER, Multicolor Spring and Summer 2021 Nail Trends and Colors

Courtesy of Instagram @thepolishclub

Olive & June Blue Crush Set


Bio Sculpture Pretty Pastels


Courtesy of Instagram @katebonarnails

8. Small Details

Sometimes it’s the simple details that can take your nails to the next level. This can be easily achieved with different polishes, nail tape, or even using a budget-friendly nail art tool kit like this one from Amazon. The possibilities are endless!


Dot Manicure

Courtesy of Instagram/@katebonarnails

Two-Tone Nails – Paint Box Power Couple

Two-Tone Maincure

Courtesy of Instagram @laurenladnier

Seeing Stripes – OPI Alpine Snow & Metallic Striping Tape

Striped Manicure

Courtesy of topinspired.com

Your turn! What spring and summer nail trends and colors will you be trying this season?