The top nail trends you can’t ignore this summer

The arrival of summer isn’t just an opportunity to strip off layers of clothing and scoff as much ice cream as possible. It’s also our excuse to change up our makeup and let a little more colour into our life.

You may not be a slave to trends but everyone loves the chance to freshen up their beauty stash – and there’s no easier way to stay in fashion with the latest colours than by checking out the season’s hottest nails. Step this way for your guide to the hues that will bring your nail polish collection bang up to date.

Understated glam

While we love a splash of glitter at a summer festival, for day-to-day we’re sporting a more subtle shimmer, which is very much the way to be wearing your nails this season. Think chandelier rather than disco ball and you’re heading in the right direction. Team with one of Rimmel’s Kate Moss nude lipsticks for the height of sophistication.

We love: Rimmel’s Super Gel Kate 15 Collection in Gilty Pleasure, £5.99 for a deliciously subtle rose gold shimmer.

Call my blush

Muted pinks have replaced the usual fuchsias and bright corals this summer, so make the most of it with sophisticated pastel tones and blushing nudes. Go for a twist on the classic French manicure with soft pinks as your base colour.

We love: Rimmel’s 60 Seconds Super Shine in Lose Your Lingerie, £2.99, for a soft, barely-there blush, and in Ethereal for just a hint of shimmer. Both £2.99.

Go Green

The top nail trends you can’t ignore this summer

Give a nod to the lush greenery coming back to life around you by echoing the shade on your digits – it’s crisp and cool and goes fantastically with white lace.

We love: Rimmel’s 60 Seconds Super Shine in Green with Envy, £2.99 for a rich, bright green with just a hint of sun-catching shimmer.

Shades of Denim

You might have noticed bold blue makeup adorning the eyes of models across the Spring-Summer 2016 catwalk, and nails aren’t being left out of the party. Pick your favourite blue and wear with a Breton top for that classic nautical feel.

We love:Rimmel’s 60 Seconds Super Shine in Royal So-and-Sofor some dark blue sultriness, or inPillow Talkto keep it pastel. Both £2.99.

Seductive Summer

Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean it’s time to ditch all of your dark-toned polish. Add a little mystery to your look with a taste of rich berry and lush purple shades. Add a cone heaped with vanilla ice cream and you’re Instagram ready.

We love: Rimmel’s Super Gel in Venus, £5.99, for a rich plum hue, and Rimmel’s Super Shine in It’s the Cherry on Top, £2.99, for a luscious deep red that’s good enough to eat.

Get Bright

The top nail trends you can’t ignore this summer

If you’re going to catch the eye with a bright nail this summer, choose a yellow or red - we love an orange-toned tomato rather than usual blue-toned polish. It may feel like a small change, but you’ll notice a big difference. Match with Rimmel’s Moisture Renew Lipstick in In Love With a Ginger, £6.49, for a flattering lip colour that will brighten your face.

We love: 60 Seconds Super Shine in One Last Tango, £2.99, for a hue that’ll make you want to dance the day away.

No matter what colour you’re going to wear this summer, follow our tips and tricks herefor the perfect manicure.