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These are 5 of the biggest summer 2021 nail trends

Looking for sunny season nail inspo? We’ve found the mani looks you’re going to want to wear all summer long
Seersucker stripes
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Photography: Catherine Harbour
Seersucker stripes

The French may have the Breton stripe, but we’ve got  the Seersucker. And oh, how gorgeous it is, especially when it’s created by wonder nail technician Michelle Class, who conjured up all of these amazing looks. Your nails can make like a seaside deckchair, starting with a white base such as My Mood Nail Polish in Different. When it’s dry, paint each nail with the thinnest blue line possible – you need to be super-careful, or ask your bestie to do it for you. Top tip: use a super-fine paint or make-up brush instead of the polish brush. As for the blue, we’re head over heels for Barry M Green Origin Nail Paint in Salt Lake.

Triple scoop
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Triple scoop

Why limit yourself to one shade when you can rock a multitude? Plus, if your nail-painting skills are limited to just about getting a couple of coats on each finger, changing your shade on every third nail makes it look like you’ve tried waaaaay harder than you actually have! Recreate this gorgeous design with these colours:
Delicious pinky-red: Max Factor Masterpiece Xpress Polish Future in Fuchsia. Sunshine in a bottle: Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint in Lemon Sorbet. A not-quite-blue, not-quite-green pop: Essie ExprEssie Quick Dry Formula Teal Blue Nail Polish in Up Up Away.

French fancy
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French fancy

There’s no doubt that the French mani is back – and with a très big bang! But if the classic white tip isn’t quite your thing, then switch it up by adding in a different shade. Pastels are the make-up trend this summer, so why not start a mani mash-up craze by combining the two? Love this pastel turquoise aqua shade? Try Essie Nail Colour in Mint Candy Apple.

Mermaid sparkle
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Mermaid sparkle

When the sun comes out, you want a nail colour that’s going to catch those rays and add extra shimmer and shine to your hand and – potentially – your life. Iridescent polishes are just the thing for this and look different in every light. So, you never quite know quite what your mani will look like wherever you go. Our fave: Rimmel 60 Seconds Quick Dry Nail Polish in Siren.

Keep it classic
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Keep it classic

Yes, we know a red nail is hardly breaking news in the nail trend world, but sometimes the classic looks really and truly are the best. This summer, choose a bright, poppy red with a high-shine finish: iconic shade OPI Nail Lacquer in Big Apple Red is perfection.