Summer is finally here, so it's time to break out the sandals and show off those toes! 

If you're like most people, your feet probably haven't seen the light of day in months, and they need some TLC.

That's where pedicures come in! 

Not only will a pedicure leave your feet looking and feeling their best, but it's also the perfect opportunity to try out a new summer nail design.

To help you get started, we've rounded up 14 of the best summer pedicure ideas, from bright and bold colors to pretty floral designs. 

So, what are you waiting for?

Book that appointment and get ready to show off your gorgeous feet all season long!

What Colors Should You Wear for a Summer Pedicure?

When it comes to summer pedicures, brighter is always better! That doesn't mean you have to go with neon polish, but don't be afraid to experiment with bolder shades than you usually would.

Some of our favorite summer pedicure colors include:

  • Coral
  • Teal
  • Yellow
  • Pink
  • Lavender

Or any other bright color.

Of course, you can always go with a classic nude or red if that's more your style. Just remember to choose a shade that compliments your skin tone.

For example, if you have a darker skin tone, opt for a brighter polish like coral or pink. If you have a fairer complexion, stick to softer shades like nude or lavender.

No matter what color you choose, make sure to apply a base coat before painting your summer nails. This will help the polish last longer and prevent staining.

What Type of Pedicure Should You Get?

With so many different pedicures available, it can be tough to decide which one is right for you. A few of the most popular types of pedicures are:

Basic Pedicure

This is an excellent option if you're short on time or money. A basic pedicure typically includes trimming and shaping the nails and removing dead skin from the feet. You can also add a foot massage or polish change if you want.

Spa Pedicure

A step up from a basic pedicure, a spa pedicure usually includes all of the same essential treatments plus a few extras. For example, you might get a paraffin treatment to help soften your skin or an exfoliating scrub to remove dead skin cells.

Many spa pedicures also include a foot mask and massage, so it's the perfect way to relax and pamper yourself.

Shellac Pedicure

A Shellac pedicure is an excellent option if you're looking for a pedicure that will last. This type of pedicure uses a special polish cured under UV light, lasting for weeks without chipping or peeling.

Shellac Pedicure Example
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The downside to a Shellac pedicure is that it can be more expensive than a regular pedicure, and it's not always available at all salons.

Hot Stone Pedicure

A hot stone pedicure is the way to go if you want a truly luxurious experience. This pedicure uses heated stones to massage the feet and relieve tension or pain. It's the perfect way to relax after a long day, and your feet will feel incredible!

What Design Should You Choose for Your Summer Pedicure?

There are endless possibilities for summer pedicure design, so it's really up to you! If you need some inspiration, though, here are a few of our favorites:

1. Polka Dots

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Have you ever seen anything cuter than a polka dot pedicure? This design is perfect for summer and surprisingly easy to do yourself.

Feel free to experiment with different pastel colors and sizes. You can even mix and match for a fun and unique look.

For instance, try painting your big toe with a large polka dot, and then fill the rest of your nails with smaller dots. Or, go for a more traditional look with all of your nails painted the same color with white dots.

2. Stripes

Pink Toe Nails With Stripes
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Stripes are another classic design that always looks great.

As with polka dots, you can mix and match stripes of different pastel colors. Or, keep it simple with a classic pink and white design.

3. Flowers

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Flowers are the perfect way to add a touch of summer to your pedicure. You can paint small flowers on each nail or go for a bolder look with more prominent blooms.

If you're unsure how to paint flowers, here's a complete video tutorial:

4. Ombre

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Ombre nails are all the rage right now, and for a good reason! This trend is incredibly chic and surprisingly easy to do yourself.

All you need is two colors of polish and a makeup sponge. Simply apply the lightest pastel color to the sponge and dab it onto your nails. Repeat with the darker color, and you're done!

5. Glitter

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Glitter is always a good idea, especially in the summer. This design looks great, or you can add it to another design for a little extra sparkle.

For a simple glitter pedicure, apply a layer of glitter nail polish. Finish with a top coat, and you're all set.

6. French Tip Pedicure

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French tips are a timeless classic when it comes to pedicures. For a summer twist on this look, try using a light pink polish as your base color and white polish for the tips. Then, add a few sparkly rhinestones to really make your toes shine!

7. Bright & Bold Pedicure

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Bright summer nails are all the rage right now. Start with a bold color like hot pink or electric blue to get this look. Then, add fun accents like stripes, polka dots, or flower decals.

Nail Art Inspiration for Summertime

If you're looking for some more summer pedicure inspiration, here are a few of our favorite designs:

1. Pineapple Pedicure

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This design is perfect for summer and surprisingly easy to do. Start with a yellow base coat, and then use a green polish to create the pineapple leaves. Finish with a top coat, and you're all set!

2. Floral Pedicure

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This design is perfect for summer days spent outdoors. Choose a light pink polish as your base, and then use a dark pink or red polish to create the flowers.

3. Beach-Inspired Pedicure

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This pedicure is perfect for water lovers. Start with a white polish as your base, and then use a blue polish to create the waves.

4. Watermelon Pedicure

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This design is ideal for summer picnics. Start with a green polish as your base, and then use a red polish to create the watermelon slices. Use a toothpick or striper brush to add the seeds in white polish.

5. Sunflower Pedicure

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Love Sunflowers? Try this design on. Start with a yellow polish as your base, and then use a brown or black polish to create the sunflower. 

6. Sunset Pedicure

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This design is perfect for Flip-Flop season. Start with pink, orange, and yellow polish as your base. Then use black polish to add contrast

7. Tie-Dye Pedicure

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Try this tie-dye pedicure if you're looking for a more abstract design. Start with a white polish as your base, and then use different colors of polish to create the tie-dye effect. 

Things to Avoid When Getting a Pedicure

Before you book your next pedicure, you should know a few things. Here are three things to avoid when getting a pedicure:

  • Don't shave your legs before getting a pedicure. This can cause irritation and even infection. The nail salon often provides a foot soak and scrub as part of the pedicure service. This can help remove any dead skin cells and make your legs smooth.
  • Don't use lotion before getting a pedicure. This can make it difficult for the polish to adhere to your summer nails.
  • Don't forget to bring your own nail file. The nail salon will likely have a few files available, but it's always best to use your own. This will help avoid the spread of infection.

What to do when you get home from your pedicure

After you've enjoyed your pedicure, you should do a few things when you get home.

  • Avoid water for at least a few hours. This will help your nails set correctly and avoid smudging. It'll also give the polish time to dry completely.
  • Apply a top coat of clear polish. This will help extend the life of your pedicure and keep your nails looking shiny.
  • Moisturize your feet. This will help keep your skin soft and hydrated.
  • Keep your nails trimmed and filed. This will help prevent them from breaking or chipping.
  • Avoid using harsh chemicals. This includes nail polish removers that contain acetone. These can be very drying and can damage your nails. Stick to gentle, non-acetone removers instead.

Ready For Your Next Summer Pedicure?

Pedicures are a great way to relax and pamper yourself. They can also help keep your feet healthy and looking their best.

When getting a pedicure, you should avoid a few things, such as shaving your legs or using lotion beforehand. 

And don't forget to take care of your nails when you get home by applying a top coat of clear polish and moisturizing your feet.

With a bit of care, you can enjoy your pedicure for weeks. 

Thanks for reading!