Kaunda Selisho
Lifestyle Journalist
2 minute read
15 Sep 2021
3:47 pm

Fancy claws: Spring and summer nail design ideas

Kaunda Selisho

Mark the new season with these spring/summer nail design ideas as modelled by your favourite celebrities and influencers.

Spring officially starts on 22 September. Here are some nail design ideas to show your nail tech at your next manicure appointment. Pictured above are almond shaped negative space nails on Missy Roberts. Picture: Instagram

Although spring has not yet officially sprung, it is around the corner and everyone is looking to mark the new season in different ways. Spring/summer nail design ideas are just one of the ways you can do so. 

Grooming is not all about being vain, in fact, taking the time out to groom can be an act of self-care.

There’s also just something about being groomed that makes you feel like you have a life together, therefore, calming you at a subconscious level.

Here are a few spring/summer nail design ideas to try out over the next few months:

Iridescent nails 

You cannot talk about nail design and not mention influencer and content creator Melissa ‘Missy’ Roberts. Whether she has them short or long, she always makes sure to have her nails on point. 

One of our favourite looks from Missy is this iridescent look on classic pink nails. 

Iridescent pink stiletto-shaped nails
Iridescent pink stiletto-shaped nails on Missy Roberts. Picture: Instagram

Iridescence is the phenomenon of certain surfaces that appear to gradually change colour as the angle of view or the angle of illumination changes. 

Examples of iridescence include soap bubbles, feathers, butterfly wings and seashell nacre, as well as certain minerals when they give off that almost transparent rainbow look in their surface against their primary colour. 

Triple threat

Another nail art lover is influencer, content creator and make-up artist Foyin Ogunrombi, popularly known as Foyin Og. If you’re looking for spring/summer nail design ideas, she’s your girl.

When people get their nails done, they usually go for either choose just a colour, an elaborate design or a cool new shape but with this particular design, Foyin shows that you can go for all three. 

purple and nude nail design
Patterned nail design on Foyin OG. Picture: Instagram

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A short classic

There’s a reason why the classics are, well… classic. If something works, there is no need to mess with the formula. You can experiment though and these french tips modelled by award-winning content creator and influencer Jessica Van Heerden form the perfect basis for your next spring/summer nail design idea.

Classic french tip nails
Classic French tip nails on Jessica Van Heerden. Picture: Instagram

A clean slate 

White toenails have been the go-to style on social media for years but this year, we’re putting white on our hands too, the way Bonang did at the 2021 MTV VMAs.

Bonang Matheba at the 2021 MTV VMAs
White square nails on Bonang Matheba. Picture: Instagram

Patterned princess

Play with shape and colour by going for patterns like DBN GOGO.

Black and white graphic cow print nails
Black and white graphic cow print nails on DBN GOGO. Picture: Instagram

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