When the mangoes are ripening and the sun’s blasting, you know it’s time to put your boots away and get your summer kicks on. While the warm weather may be begging you to flaunt your toes, it also means you should be brushing up on your pedicure routine. This summer, it’s all about letting your imagination go wild and coating your toenails in chic designs that ooze creativity. So, try freshening things up with an original DIY pattern of your choosing. To get you started, we’ve curated incredibly cute toenail designs for you to try at home to up the wow-factor of your feet.
1. Fun Summer Toenails
Summer is the time to go all out, including on your toes. One way to polish your pedicure game is to try a fun fluorescent marble pedicure. Use a bright yellow as your base coat and let it dry. Then, drop bits of orange, pink and white on top and briefly dab a piece of plastic wrap onto it to create the desired marble effect. You repeat that process on one or two nails or do them all, additional toenail artwork is optional.
2. Cute Spring Toenails
Cute spring toenail designs call for soft colours and dainty details. Try pale hues of pink, blue and yellow for a gentle, feminine pedicure that will put your feet in the best light during this season.
3. Beach Toenails
Show your love for the sea with a cute nautical toenail design. Bright colours, such as watermelon and vivid blue, will complement your beach trip nicely and stand out against the sand and water. To create an anchor design, select a base coat for four of your toes, then decorate your big toe with white sailor stripes and an anchor in the colour of your choosing. Alternate both colours on your middle toe and decorate with polka dots.
4. Easy Toenail Designs
DIY-ing a creative design onto your toes at home is not as daunting as you might think. In fact, there are tons of cute and simple toenail designs to ease you into it. A polka dot design is a great example to get you started. Just paint your toes with a base coat of your choice and drop little dots on top once dried. Don’t worry; they don’t have to be perfect. The best part is that you can fully customise this look to your liking.
5. French Tips
The French pedicure is one of those classics that always looks good. It’s simple, neat and works perfectly for any occasion. For a clean and sophisticated look, keep the tip of your nails relatively short. You can also try an ombre effect for a softer, more updated look.
6. Black Toenails
Black shades give your toes a stylish update this year. Alternate between a glossy and matte finish for a trendy textured look, then decorate with rhinestones or other 3D elements.
7. Black and Gold Toenails
For a bold yet sophisticated design, try a black and gold pedicure. Use a matte black polish as your base, then paint your pattern of choice. If you don’t trust your shaky hands, use a template or decorate your toes with these cool nail tattoos.
8. Flower Designs
Flower designs are probably one of the most popular options for manicures and pedicures. They are incredibly versatile, feminine and timelessly adorable. For a stylish and edgy flower pattern, try a fun mosaic design. It will turn your toes into quite the piece of art.
9. Football-Themed Toenails
Support your favourite team with a creative football-themed design. Whether you’re into AFL, NRL or cheer for the Socceroos, quirky ball designs and team colours are sure to be a good luck charm.
10. Pink and Black Toenails
Give your pink pedicure a little edge by adding some black colour into the mix. Paint your toenails in two coats of pale pink and let it dry thoroughly. Then, create geometric shapes on top, using a template or the edge of a small piece of paper for clean and sharp lines.
11. Purple Toenails
Add some glam to your purple polish with a little bit of unicorn dust. Paint all toes with one to two coats of purple polish, sparing the ones you want to decorate. Once they are dry, paint the remaining toes and coat them with purple glitter soon after. Seal your creation with a glossy top-coat to make sure it all stays in place.
12. Arty Toenails
If you have a thing for the arts and a steady hand, challenge yourself by treating your toenails as the world’s smallest canvas. With a skinny brush and the right colours, you can create a feathered effect and fabricate some real artwork on your toenails. Then, refine your creation with embellishments for texture and depth.
13. Hot Pink Toenails
Hot weather calls for hot colours. Bright pink polish is sure to make your tan glow in your favourite summer sandals. Accentuate the bold shade with some 3D appliqués or use white or black nail polish to paint a delicate design on top.
14. Red and Black Toenails
Here’s to some sexy red nails with a twist! After coating your toenails in your favourite luscious red, decorate with black elements for an adventurous look. Then, incorporate white to add more depth to the design.
15. Watermelon Toenails
There’s nothing like a fresh and fruity toenail design to get your summer juices flowing. This colourful watermelon design is not only incredibly fun but also less complicated than you might think. Starting with your big toe, alternate between a lime green and pink polish (or red) as your base. Once dry, paint a pink half-moon on top and use black to drop on the watermelon seeds.
16. Big Toe Art
Your big toe has the largest nail, so it makes sense to feature the most elaborate design of your pedicure on it. After all, more surface equals more room for detail. To put your big toe at centre stage, paint all remaining toes in one single colour. A different shade or elements, such as a 3D design, will make it truly stand out.
17. Zebra Toenails
Go wild with fun animal designs, such as a unique zebra print. Choose a crisp, opaque white as your base and apply at least two coats for the best coverage. Once dried, use an ultra-thin brush to paint the zebra stripes on and seal with a clear topcoat.
18. Blue Toenails
If you’re after a statement pedicure, blue nail polish is an excellent pick for a feature colour. Denim hues are this year’s go-to shades. Paint your toenails in two to three coats of polish for perfect coverage and decorate with golden elements for glamorous toes.
19. Christmas Toenails
If Christmas time is what gets your toes tingling, try this sweet sugar cane design. Alternate green and red nail polish on your smaller toes while coating your big toe with a snowy white. Then, decorate it with angled red stripes for a perfectly Christmas-themed pedicure.
20. Arrow Art
Let your feet point you in the right direction with some fun boho-themed arrow toe art. Embrace your free spirit while customising this cool design to suit your look and style. Whether you want to use two, four or more colours is entirely up to you.