5 pedicure nail designs to spice up your summer nail look

I have always been a big fan of pedicure nail art. In my not so humble opinion, this is one of the most woefully neglected sectors of the beauty and nail industry. Once a staple of the 90s and early 2000s, the look communicated both whimsy and style, taking the most basic and mainstream salon pedicure to a seriously chic new level. That’s why I’m campaigning for pedicure nail designs to be an essential part of the summer 2022 beauty conversation – because honestly, who wants to match the next person walking down the street with their jelly sandals (wait…is that Actually 2003 again)?

Of course, there’s always the classic French pedicure, and if that’s your vibe, go ahead and represent it. But if you want a little more pizzazz to your summer pedicure, there are plenty of playful options and bold polishes to contend with (seriously, there are then many gorgeous color trends to choose from this year). Whether you like gradients, graphics, or a pop of sparkle on your toes, there’s a pedicure nail design that’s sure to complement your unique personal style.

Ahead, five of my favorite seasonal designs to take with you to your next salon appointment. Get ready to be the envy of everyone at your next summer garden party.

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neon and gems

Reverse French nails are still on trend for summer 2022, but this bedazzled version is particularly striking for a pedicure. Add a bold neon green and you’ve got a look that accentuates all your favorite sandals all the way to fall.

pastel gradient

With so many gorgeous pastel nail polishes to choose from, why limit your summer pedicure to just one shade? A gradient rainbow effect is a simple way to spice up your pedi all season long.

summer clouds

Blue nail polish is always one of the most popular polish shades of the year, and this sky blue interpretation is incredibly chic on the nails. If you don’t feel like you have the dexterity to paint clouds by hand, nail stickers are also a great option.

Tropical French

Matchy matchy never looked better than with a watermelon-colored polish on your colored French tips. All you need to accentuate your vibrant polish is a neutral base and a glossy top coat.

Bubblegum Buddies

A dotting tool and liner brush are all you need to create these adorable graphic toe designs. The early 2000s Barbie-core aesthetic is in full swing this summer and honestly, there’s nothing cuter than this look.

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