49 Bright Neon Nail Designs to Inspire Your Next Manicure

Nude nails are great, but sometimes you’re in the mood for something bright! That’s where neon colors come in. They really make your manicure pop (and make you look tan!). 

I love them for spring and summer, but they’re really suitable for any time of year. Whether you have a colorful wardrobe or just want a pop of color with your look, take these ideas to your next nail appointment.

I’ve got dozens of the best neon nail ideas for you to find the perfect look for you.

Many of the designs below use Olive and June nail polish colors. Check out my Use this Olive and June review for a complete look and 20% off your order of any of their systems.

Bright Neon Nail Designs

best neon nail designs

1. Neon Yellow-Green

neon green nails

Image via @lecame.shesaw.shepainted

Starting this list off strong with these highlighter yellow nails! This bright neon color can’t be missed and is the easiest way to jump on the neon nail trend.

Just pick the brightest neon you can find and paint a solid manicure.

2. Green and Pink Neon Nails

pink and green neon nails

Image via @nailsby.hails

This neon manicure has a little bit of everything! You’ve got green, yellow, and shades of pink, as well as flowers, squiggles, checks and stars.

You could take all these ideas or just use one for an accent nail.

3. Neon Hearts

neon hearts

Image via @lecame.shesaw.shepainted

I love this simple nail look. Great for beginners, it doesn’t require any fancy tools — you could just use a Q-Tip or the polish brush. You could also switch it and do it with pink tips and green hearts!

4. Neon Squiggle Nails

neon squiggle nails

Image via @tessa.lyn.nails

Paint a nude base color and then add wavy stripes of your favorite bright colors for a fun mani. This one uses Red Eyed Lacquer’s Neon Hi Chew Collection, which has dark flecks, giving this set of nails a little extra dimension.

5. Hot Pink Watermelon Tips

hot pink watermelon tips

Image via @nailsby.hails

Bring some juicy watermelon to your nails for the summer season! These clever French tips use neon pink and green to create a cohesive look.

6. Eclectic Neon Orange

eclectic orange nails

Image via @nailsby.hails

How fun and retro are these neon orange nails?! They make me want to go roller skating on a summer night! Two shades of orange and a bright white make this manicure stand out. 

7. Smiles Faces

smiles faces

Image via @illustrated_nails

Brighten your day in more than one way with these bright yellow smiley nails. Use a dotting tool for an easy-to-achieve manicure.

8. Orange on Orange Nails

orange on orange

Image via @nailsby.hails

Reverse, reverse! This genius idea uses two different shades of neon orange, but flips the colors on each hand so it’s a little more interesting.

9. Pink Splatter with Smiley Faces

Pink Splatter with Smiley Faces

Image via @tessa.lyn.nails

Splattering neon nail polish is a great idea if you’re worried about too much neon on one hand. It helps break it up a bit, and creates a really cool aesthetic.

10. She’s Electric

she's electric

Image via @illustrated_nails

This is a high-voltage manicure! The color reminds me of a glow stick. Add these easy lightning bolts for an electrifying look.

11. Neon Green Crocodile Tips

neon crocodile tips

Image via @nailsby.hails

Leopard prints aren’t the only easy animal print for fingernails! This crocodile print is such a fun pattern, you can do it in any color — including these bright neon green nails.

12. Pink Red Nails

Pink and red nails

Image via @estheticsbyjayde

Want to feel sweet with a little bit of an edge? This neon pink and red manicure is fun and feminine, but a little bit punk with checkerboard, lightning bolts and stars.

13. Neon 3D Tips

neon 3d tips

Image via @nailsbysmf

People with long nails can really take advantage of the space to create some fun designs. These neon squiggles are so playful, and the mix of matte and glossy polish really adds some sophistication.

14. Neon Smiles and Swirls

swirls and smiles

Image via @nailsby.hails

How cute is this neon pink and green manicure? You can’t go wrong with smileys, swirls and clouds.

15. Double Layer Rainbow Tips

double layer nail tip
Image via @karanailedit

First off, shout out to these perfect neon nail colors. This is my kind of neon rainbow manicure! Carry one color from each nail onto the next to keep it cohesive.

16. Neon Dots

neon dots

Image via @estheticsbyjayde

Lava lamps have nothing on this manicure! I love the unique look of the cascading dots. Use whatever neon colors you want to match your style!

17. Neon Pink Crocodile

neon pink crocodile

Image via @nailsby.hails

The magic to this neon pink polish mani is bloom gel! It makes the crocodile pattern simple to do, even on your non-dominant hand.

18. Neon Pink Flowers

neon pink flowers

Image via @mynailfielife

There’s no arguing that this is a NEON manicure. It’s practically glowing! The vibrant color of the base coat really makes this set pop.

Cirque Colors: Kushy, Socialite, Mushroom Kingdom

19. Festival Nails

Festival Nails
Image via paintedwithpaige

Do you like press-on nails? They’re the perfect way to get precise designs no matter your skill level. This set lets you put different designs on each nail to keep it interesting!

20. Line Fizz

Line Fizz
Image via paintedwithpaige

Colors from Olive and June: Lime Fizz, The Queen Takes Her Tea With Milk

21. Hot Pink Daisy Tips

hot pink and daisies

Image via @illustrated_nails

Gotta love a twist on a French manicure! Switch out the traditional half moon style on the tip with these wavy lines that hug the top of your nails.

22. Neon Green Fire Tips

neon green fire

Image via @nailsbysmf

French tip nails don’t have to be plain! These neon greens and flame-like lines really kick this mani up a level. You could use this inspiration on any nail length, but it works best on long nails.

23. Neon Smile Nails

Image via @nailsby.hails

You can do different colors on every nail — and they don’t all have to be neon! Try a neon smiley face on one, a neon pink french tip, and a sky blue with clouds.

(Love cloud manis? I’ve got a whole list of inspiration for you!)

24. Neon Green and Black Abstract

neon green and black

Image via @illustrated_nails

Bring black into your neon design for a bold look! Flowers, flames, checkers, and stars are always good ideas for a mixed mani.

25. Green and Pink Squiggles

green and pink squiggles

Image via @mynailfielife

Neon pink and green give me big ’80s vibes! This squiggle design is great for beginners and would be great for a throwback party!

26. Tie Dye Nails

tie dye

Image via @illustrated_nails

It’s not as hard as you might think to achieve these colorful nails! To get the tie-dye effect, use gel polish to create the rainbow lines and then pull the lines out from the smallest one. Cure them (one at a time is best) and you’re done!

27. Neon Rainbows

neon rainbow

Image via @estheticsbyjayde

Find your pot of gold at the end of this neon rainbow! So cute to make the two nails feature one continuous image.

28. Neon Tips & Lightning Bolts

neon tips and lightning bolts

Image via @nailsby.hails

Add something extra to a neon French mani with these black lines for lightning bolts.

29. Neon Smiles

neon smiles

Image via @nailsby.hails

If polka dots aren’t enough for you, make them into sweet smiley faces. This is one of my favorite ideas to easily use all your favorite colors in one manicure!

30. Neon Jungle Paradise

neon green paradise

Image via @nailsbysmf

Slime nails are perfectly themed for the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie! These are easy to do, but you can keep them from looking amateur by swapping the colors on the last two nails. 

31. All Over Color Neon Nails

all over color neon nails

Image via @nailsby.hails

An easy neon rainbow! Find your favorite shades and paint one per fingernail. Quick, simple, and eye-catching!

32. Trippy Pink Neon Swirls

trippy pink swirly lines

Image via @nailsby.hails

You can of course go for solid neon pink nails (hi Barbie!), but this combination of light, medium and hot pink gives the mani a bit of depth! 

33. Highlighter Yellow Nails

highlighter yellow

Image via @mynailfielife

If you have to pick one neon, why not going with the brightest you can find: highlighter yellow! Let your nails show your bright personality and style.

34. Neon Flames

neon flames

Image via @nailsby.hails

Feeling hot! Flames are a fun, edgy design, but basic red, yellow and orange may not be your style. Try neon pink and orange for different take on fire.

35. Green and Pink Hawaii Nails

green and j

Image via @nailsby.hails

Say aloha to these fun floral nails. Paint on your favorite bright base coat, and then use a dotting tool or Q-tip to create these easy flowers.

36. Cactus Nails

cactus nails
Image via karanailedit

​A Southwest motif doesn’t need to be drab and boring. Jazz up some cactuses with a neon orange and pink striped background!

37. XO Flowers

hot pink xo flowers

image by emjpolished

Feminine and flirty, this bright pink mani is a great place to start for beginners trying their hand at nail art. Simple flowers and letters can easily be done with your non-dominant hand!

38. Neon Blue Waves

neon blue waves

Image via @mani.of.the.moment

You can go cool with your neon colors too. These blues are giving ocean wave vibes — and better yet, they’re nearly impossible to mess up!

Color: Olive & June Potpourri, Parakeet, Not a Cloud

39. Neon Tangerine

neon tangerine

Image via @mani.of.the.moment

No one will be able to miss your new manicure with these bright color. Tangerine is a hot color this year, so you can’t go wrong.

Colors: Olive & June Neon Tangerine

40. Tennis Nails

tennis nails
Image via @always.manicured

​Who doesn’t love a theme?! If you’re a tennis fan and attending (or playing!) a match, don’t miss the chance to paint these cute tennis balls on each nail.

Colors Olive and June – Lemony lemon, HD

41. Neon Flower Nails

neon flowers
image via mani.mama.mini

Formula for one adorable mani: 3 solid nails in different colors, one french tip accent nail and a floral nail that combines all the colors. The pop of glitter in the center of the flowers make this set special. 

42. Pearl Flowers

pearl flowers
Image via @lecame.shesaw.shepainted

Level up a red mani with a neon red polish and pearls. The pearl as the center of each daisy makes these nails unforgettable.

43. Neon Green

neon green nails
image via paintbynaptime

Every time I see a different neon polish, I think I couldn’t love another neon color more. But this green is currently in first place. It stands on its own as a solid mani — it does’t need any intricate design!

 “It’s All In The Attitude” by @colorclubnaillacquer

44. Neon Rainbow

neon rainbow

Image via karanailedit

Whether it’s summer time or you just wish it was, this bright set will give you all those warm sunny feelings. 

45. Summer Clouds

summer clouds
image by illustrated_nails

Make all your neon dreams come true with a different design on every nail! Neon sky with clouds, orange and pink hearts, bright purple squiggles, lightning bolts — whatever your heart desires.

46. Color Block Heart Art

colorblock heart art
image via paintbynaptime

You only need two colors for this simple but sweet manicure. The middle finger acts as a transition accent nail, taking you from two solid nails of one color to two solid nails of the other.

Colors Used: Olive and June Lava and Jam, Please

47. Color Block Heart Tips

colorblock heart tips
Image via paintedwithpaige

​French manicures don’t need to be boring or stuffy. Take this neon version for example! Try a different neon color on each tip and then use a dotting tool to create tiny hearts.

Colors Used: Olive and June Orange Wedge, Lime Fizz, Lemony Lemon, Hot Strawberry, BEB

48. Lime Green

lime green nails

Image via @emjpolished

Bold colors can make a great impactful manicure on short nails. You don’t need to worry about having enough space; if the color is good enough, solid nails can stand on their own!

49. Heart Cut Out Nails

heart cut out nails
Image via @lecame.shesaw.shepainted

I’ve seen lots of people paint hearts on their nails, but this set turns that idea on its head and leaves a heart-shaped spot blank! You could paint over a sticker and then remove it to get the outline, or carefully draw the outline and paint around it.

If you haven’t tried out Olive and June yet be sure to check out my full review here!

Want more summer nail inspiration? Check out these ideas.

If bright colors aren’t your thing, try these blue and black designs.

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  • Jen Biswas

    Jen has styled women for photo shoots, fashion shows, board meetings, work trips and most importantly, every day life! She's been hired to style many homes as well. Her aesthetic aims to make style approachable and practical, and most of all fun! She's a mom of 3 who loves frozen cookie dough, plants and a generous pour of creamer in her coffee. Her biggest joy is helping others find joy in personal style through practical tips and inspiration. She loves to share all of her styling secrets on Paisley & Sparrow! Feel free to send Jen a message or join the fun on Instagram!

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