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Summer’s the season for basking in golden sunshine, bumming around under colourful umbrellas at the beach, and wandering beneath the cool shade of woody trees.

It’s time for the brightest blooms and the juiciest fruits; luscious green grass, sparkling blue waters, and white shores. Summer, essentially, is the season for all things colourful, and we can’t wait to embrace its cheerful hues at our fingertips too.

If you’re not one for keeping long talons during this exciting season of play, fret not, because we’ve rounded up summery nail ideas for shorter nails that are just as chic and inspired by nature!

Summer nail ideas for short nails

Peachy paradise

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Photo source: okkonails/Instagram

Peaches are plump and round anyways, so there’s no shame in splashing a peachy gradient over your short nails for the summer. The warm orange blended with peachy pink, coupled with the smooth gel finish, makes your “peach” nails look all the juicier!

Peach tea

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Photo source: 是仙贝_/Xiao Hong Shu

If you’re in love with the sheer “jelly nails” that are taking the social media platform Xiao Hong Shu by storm, you’ll find this iteration of a peachy manicure oh-so-refreshing for summer.

The creamy pink and green colours and the just slightly translucent polish remind us of a cool cup of peach tea, which we’d love to sip on as we lounge by the poolside.

Summer swirls

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Swirls are for summer, and this playful colour combination of pastel pink and green just turns the happy summer vibes up a notch. The swirly lines add a three-dimensional effect to the nails, so you don’t have to have long talons to rock this look.

Pale pastures

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Local nail artist was thinking of green pastures when she concocted this luscious grassy manicure. The soft wash of greens at only the mid-lengths to the tips creates an illusion of nails that are longer than they really are.

Cherry jelly

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Photo source: Candy/Xiao Hong Shu

“Cherry jelly” nails boast a translucent “jelly” texture and a popsicle stain gradient, with the darkest wash of colour being at the centre of the nails. The fruity manicure fits right into a cheerful summer fit; at the same time, you could wear this elegant set to an expensive dinner date too.

Multi-colour magic

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Summer of all seasons is when you can really roll with a mismatched nail look. The thought of colourful cocktails by the pool, beach balls by the seaside, the sun, the sand, the sea  – it all creates a vibrant rainbow palette that’s best reflected on your manicure.

This multi-colour magic manicure set was created by @okkonails for local influencer Carrine Low.

Rainbow radiance

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Photo source: 6in/Xiao Hong Shu

Favour pastel colours over chromatic hues? Even though high-octane shades are what come to mind when we think of a happy, bathed-in-colour summer, pastel shades can make your nails look just as cheery, especially when you combine a multitude of hues.

This “rainbow radiance” mani features delicate red, blue, green, and yellow. It’s subtle and summery all at once.


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If you’re an ocean gal, you’ll love these lucid babies. This stunning manicure features clear pop-up details and an ethereal turquoise and pearl palette that recalls the mysterious depths of the sea. The seaweed designs and sprinkle of stars and hearts add a hint of mermaid magic too.

The deep blue

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When’s the best time to splash around in the waves or dive into the deep blue? Summer. This mystical manicure set is inspired by tortoise (sadly, not turtle!) shells, and local nail artist @inailforfung disclaims: “no tortoises were harmed in the making of this set”.

Cloud chronicle

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Photo source: cokomorebi/Xiao Hong Shu

What’s summer without bright blue skies and fluffy white clouds? Still, these soft pastel blue and white nails turn scorching summer skies into an ephemeral dreamscape. The “jelly” finish and milky colours are to thank.

If you’re ready to wear cotton candy clouds and misty blue skies on your fingertips, you can do so by painting your short nails with Japanese brand CANMAKE’s Colourful Nails in N29 Milk Syrup and N28 Smokey Aqua.

CANMAKE Colourful Nails retails for S$10.85 on Yesstyle

Flower power

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Photo source: inailforfung/Instagram

We’ve never felt the power of flowers as much as when we gazed upon this riotous combination of blue, purple, green, and pink blooms against a brilliant backdrop of, well, more summer-time hues. Chaotic, cute, and colourful – you’re in for serious mischief this holiday season.

Silver lining

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Summer needs flowers, but this time, let the blooms adorn your nails in lines of elegant silver. This manicure takes cheerful flower designs and refines them with streaks of liquid silver and nebulous colour. The result lets us bask in a decadent summer-time haze.

Woody wonder

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Amble under the shade of majestic green trees as you enjoy the outdoors during the summer. These nails feature softly smudged patterns of brown and nude that recall the tree’s towering trunks, underneath specks of golden dust like sunlight.

Mango mania

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Photo source: Elvin_C/Xiao Hong Shu

Delicate and fruity fresh, this contrasting yellow-purple manicure set is inspired by mangos and taros. A simple way to wear “summer” on your fingertips, it’s proof that you don’t need to dress your nails in elaborate patterns or nail art for them to look cheerful all season.

Tropical vacation

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Put the tropical into summer with a manicure featuring realistic butterflies, flowers, and fruit art!

Whether you’re actually going on a much-needed vacation to the Bahamas or fantasising about your tropical holiday whilst stuck on this sunny island, this manicure is sure to inject “vacay” vibes and spruce up your summer.

Nail salons to get your summer mani


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Photo source: okkonails/Instagram

This cosy nail studio nestled along Tiong Bahru Road is sure to get your summer-time nails in shape for this season.

The nail artist behind the gradient “peachy paradise” manicure set that we featured earlier, OKKONAILS isn’t just a pro at perfecting a super-smooth gradient, they’re also a master at intricate nail art and glitter designs.

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Check out the nail studio’s prices on @okkonails Instagram highlights. 

Address: 3 Tiong Bahru Road, Singapore 162003
Opening hours: 10am – 5pm (Mon to Fri)
Contact: WhatsApp 8822 9209


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Photo source: qquirkynails/Instagram

Nail studio qquirkynails creates truly “quirky” manicure designs that really break the mould. This local nail artist’s manicure sets feature stunning pop-up details, chunky nail accessories, and intricate hand-drawn patterns that lend to a magical, mystical vibe.

qquirkynails is also the nail studio behind the “water-washed” and “silver lining” summery nail designs above, so if you’re inspired, you know just where to go!

qquirkynails Classic Minimal is priced at S$70, Classic Complex is priced at S$78, and Classic Quirky is priced at S$88. See the menu and book your slot here

Address: Ang Mo Kio (Full address will be given when your appointment is confirmed)
Opening hours: View time slots available here
Contact: Book your appointment here


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Photo source: sincitynailsz/Instagram

For the summer season and beyond, another local nail studio that you need to have on your radar is sincitynailsz.

This nail studio’s awe-inspiring designs speak for themselves. From mystical aura swirls to chic paddle pop sets, sincitynailsz will help you don designs that are fitting for any occasion.

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For a quote on your chosen design, send @sincitynailsz a direct message on Instagram. See @sincitynailsz Instagram highlights for the price list. 

Address: Pasir Ris (Full address will be given when your appointment is confirmed)
Opening hours: Slots are released weekly. See @sincitynailsz Instagram highlights for available slots.
Contact: Book your appointment through Telegram

Find the best nail polishes to do your nails for the summer here!

Featured image credit: okkonails/Instagram

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