Vacation season is coming and what better way to get into the spirit than with some beach nail art? Whether you’re hitting the sand or just dreaming of warmer days, these designs will have you yearning for sunny days and salty waves. So put down that pina colada and check out these fantastic designs!
I really like this wave French tip design. If you’re going to the beach, why not bring the waves to your fingertips so you can stay dry on the sand?
This is a different take on the beach nail vibe. Showing the water with just a hint of gold to really set them apart. Against the nude background, this looks fantastic.
Can you get a more beach vibe than these fantastic hand-painted palm tree nail designs?
Beach please 🌴
These might be my favorite ones yet! Light blue tips with tiny little gold beach charms and (if you look closely) a little bubble effect for the water. Fantastic, unique and very cute!
This set makes me almost hear the waves crashing into the shoreline. The detail of the water is incredible and the seashell stamps are cute!
Fantastic hand-painted water (with fantastic detail) and the middle finger highlights the beach vibe with an acrylic shell and a tiny little rhinestone.
The nude background colorway gives an easy sand vibe and a cute blue polish makes for a great-looking ocean. The golden seahorse is a nice topper.
A more glittery version. Half the realism and double the cute! A unique use of the little star stickers.
If these are too subtle, why not just paint the entire beach on your fingertips? I love this idea and such a fantastic sky.
Vibrant hand-painted beach nail design gels with ocean-style French tips and some fun little sea life. The colorway is just too fun!
Now, this is a fantastic (and very unique) idea! Strong dark blue nails with a light blue tip but with just a little tweak we get this cute wave style.
This kind of complex design is going to take a while to do but just look at the end result. The cute little orange starfish just does it for me.
You might need to zoom in to see it but the water spotting technique on the ocean is fantastic. The little gold charms are a cute match with the solid gold accent nail.
Maybe if you can’t get to the beach, bring the beach to you?
If you don’t want a beach nail design on every finger you could try something more simple like this. It looks incredibly cute.
A more minimalist take on the shoreline design. Some simple lines and some cute light blue polish and you can practically smell the saltwater.
I’m a sucker for a matte white background and the simplicity of the seaguill contrasts with the complex detail of the sea. This might be my favorite of the whole list.
A similar idea but with a nude background instead of white.
This ‘watermarble’ effect against the nude background makes for an easy beach look. This blue would be fantastic by itself but it makes a great beach look.
This set has a little bit of everything. The clean outline of the palm tree is a nice touch but the gold accent nail with the cute little shellfish really stands out.
Are beach nails like this going to be the new summer style? I can practically feel the water on my feet.
🏝Tropical vibes🏝I didn’t want to have too many palm tree designs but I’m just a sucker for this vivid colorway.
If the vivid colors are not your thing, you can also do it in black and white. Fantastic idea.
Short almonds with wave French tips and just a few gold flakes for fun.
Holy… just look at the stunning detail on this set. This should be the new definition of the term ‘nail art’. The only problem is I don’t know if I could trust myself to actually wear them out. They look too good!
Oh, now these are cute! Beach nail designs look good with vivid colors and while I’d freak to see a jellyfish in the sea, I’d love to see them on my nails.
The sand-colored French tips are a great idea and the art style of this entire set is just fantastic. I need more designs like this in my life.
Let’s go to the beach-each, let’s go get a wave! And let’s take the nails with us when we do!
Short beach nails with this fantastic light reflection look.
Another set of mixed design ideas. The ring finger has a unique idea where it looks like drawing in the sand.
Cute blue nails and a few simple lines and suddenly I feel like I’m on holiday.
This might be the most detailed design so far. A subtle sand color on the cuticles, this fantastic look for the ocean and that single golden starfish just in case you weren’t already in love with them.
I don’t know what I like more here. The subtle colorway, the simple (but effective) stamps or the matte polish look.
If you want to try something different, these nude backgrounds with some simple beach-themed logos look great! The smiley face on the sun is a nice touch.
Another stunning hand-painted beach nail design. This entryway was actually based on a real beach town the nail artist saw on holiday. Great idea!
I’m a sucker for vivid colors and this starfish is growing on me. The ocean French tip looks even better in this diagnal style.
Life’s A Beach 🏖️ and then you… get a manicure like this.
Holo beach nails handpainted with this fantastic colorway. I don’t know what I like more, the gradient of the water or the asymmetry of the starfish.
I like the marble nail design look by itself. Using the beach colors gives it this unique abstract kind of vibe.
If you want something a little extra how about this? The fish scale is different but the heart drawn in the sand is a nice touch.
Not the first time we’ve seen sand-colored tips but using some glittery gold polish is a fantastic way of doing it.
If long coffin nails are more your thing, it gives you some space to work some writing into the sand.
Oh now, this is just too cute. The tiny little eyes on the octopus are almost as good as the fun colorway.
I don’t often include presson nails that haven’t been fixed yet but this is just such an elaborate beach nail design I couldn’t help myself. 3D charms are just the start of what makes these long acrylics pretty unique. If you like the character in the middle, you might like the anime nail art ideas.
I don’t really want to know how the dog got on the surfboard but the blue flakes for the splashing water vibe are a cute touch.
The white background really helps this vivid blue of the waves pop. It’s maybe more of an ocean vibe than a full beach design but they’re cute so I’m going to count it!
I do hope this has given you some ideas for your beach nails If you give this a go – I want to see it! Send me a photo of your own design and we’ll feature them here.
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