Free AU shipping for orders $100+

Shop with Afterpay & Zip

The 10 Best Gel Nail Polish Colours For Summer 2022

  • 6 min read

Summer, the season of balmy evenings spent catching up with friends, long awaited ice blocks after a swim and sun-drenched days at the beach. There is so much to look forward to now the time is here!

As we begin to wrap up 2022 with brighter days, sunshine and that carefree, fun-loving attitude, we have got the Gel Nail Polish to boot. This year, summer nail trends are all about ditching the darks, and making way for brighter, bolder shades that pay homage to the vibrancy of the season. Whether you wish to embrace a striking red, a dazzling blue, or a fresh pastel, Gelous has got something for you over these sublime summer months.

Daredevil Gel Nail Polish

Gelous Daredevil gel nail polish - photographed in Australia on model

Fiery and vibrant, Daredevil is red-hot and scorching. Born to stand out, this is the perfect Gel Nail Polish for those ready to turn up the heat on a classic red. You are guaranteed to set the summer days ablaze with this bold and vivid hue.

Zest for Life Gel Nail Polish

Gelous Zest for Life gel nail polish - photographed in Australia on model

Summer in a polish, Zest for Life is a cheery sunny yellow that brings pure warmth to your gel manicure. Radiant, golden and uplifting, this Gel Polish has a bubbly look when painted as a block colour or looks great as a french tip with a summery twist. Zest for Life pairs perfectly with a jug of ice-cold lemonade by the pool.

Peaches & Cream Gel Nail Polish

Gelous Peaches & Cream gel nail polish - photographed in Australia on model

This peachy Gel Nail Polish is the sweetest of them all. Ripe for the picking, Peaches & Cream brings the perfect summer glow to your gel manicure and delivers the sweetest of summer memories. This pastel peach is so on trend and is bound to be the shade of the season for 2022.

Appletini Gel Nail Polish

Gelous Appletini gel nail polish - photographed in Australia on model

Are you ready to bring the energy? Look no further than Appletini: a vibrant lime-green Gel Nail Polish that brings summer fun to life. Nothing but good vibes, this colour is electric and perfectly pairs with a night out with the girls over cocktails. It’s no surprise this shade is trending for summer 2022.

Icing on the Cake Gel Nail Polish

Gelous Icing on the Cake gel nail polish - photographed in Australia on model

The softest, dreamiest, pastel pink, Icing on the Cake is the perfect Gel Nail Polish for those looking for a more subtle summer shade. Imagine strawberry ice cream in the summer heat, this colour gives a simple and chic look to your gel manicure and pairs easily with your bright, seasonal wardrobe. It really is the icing on the cake!

We're Going To Ibiza Gel Nail Polish

Gelous We're Going to Ibiza gel nail polish - photographed in Australia on model

We’re Going To Ibiza brings the seaside to your fingertips. This teal-blue Gel Nail Polish is total summer serenity. Inspired by days spent swimming in sparkling water and lying on sandy shores, you will feel relaxed just by looking at your gel manicure. We’re Going To Ibiza is a true summer shade that gives a nod to the season in the best possible way.

Hey Sweets Gel Nail Polish

Gelous Hey Sweets gel nail polish - photographed in Australia on model

Hey Sweets is a light, yet bright pink Gel Nail Polish that is as sweet as it looks. Playful, fun and flirty it is everything you want in a summer gel manicure. This sun-kissed hue gives off that summer feeling in just two coats and looks great as a french tip for a more subtle, yet playful look.

That's Mint Gel Nail Polish

Gelous That's Mint gel nail polish - photographed in Australia on model

A stunning summer pastel, That’s Mint is a beachy Gel Nail Polish with a soft green hue. This fresh Gel Nail Polish is a must-have for your 2022 summer gel manicures and is so on trend. That’s Mint will pop amazingly against your glowing tan and bring tranquility to your summer days.

Prima Donna Gel Nail Polish

Gelous Prima Donna gel nail polish - photographed in Australia on model

A rich, powerful purple, Prima Donna gives a bold look to your gel manicure. This fashionable shade exudes personality and is perfect for the summer season. If you’ve never opted for a purple Gel Nail Polish before, now is the perfect time to give it a go and see its dazzling qualities for yourself.

Girl Talk Gel Nail Polish

Gelous Girl Talk gel nail polish - photographed in Australia on model

Your summer gel manicures would never be complete without a classic pink. Reminiscent of the rosy florals that colour our gardens, parks and streets during this period, this is a blooming gorgeous shade. Girl Talk is sitting pretty and ready to brighten up your day.

Summer Nail Art Looks

SUMMER SQUIGGLES GEL NAIL ART

Gelous Summer Squiggles gel nail art - photographed in Australia on model

Kick off summer with a trendy look that puts a funky, squiggly spin on classic swirls, using Appletini, Garden Party and our Gelous Nail Art Brushes.
  1. After completing your nail prep, apply a thin coat of Pink Rubber Base Coat and cap the free edge. Cure under your Gel Nail Lamp for 60 seconds.
  2. Apply 1-2 thin coats of White Builder Gel and cap the free edge. Cure each coat under your Gel Nail Lamp for 60 seconds.
  3. Apply 2 thin coats of Appletini and cap the free edge. Cure each coat under your Gel Nail Lamp for 60 seconds.
  4. Wipe your nail with Nail Polish Remover & dab Garden Party onto your Nail Art Palette.
  5. Using Garden Party and your Long Striping Brush, paint squiggly shapes and lines on your nails. Cure under your Gel Nail Lamp for 30 seconds.
  6. Apply a thin coat of Rubber Top Coat and cap the free edge. Cure under your Gel Nail Lamp for 60 seconds.
  7. Finish off the look by applying Gelous Cuticle Oil.

To recreate our Summer Squiggles gel nail art, watch our Mini Tutorial Highlight on Instagram here.

OMBRE CHECKERS GEL NAIL ART

Gelous Summer Ombre Checkers gel nail art - photographed in Australia on model

This creative nail art is perfect for the summer months, bringing a fresh and fun spin on your gel manicure that uses That’s Mint, We’re Going To Ibiza and our Gelous Nail Art Brushes.

  1. After completing your nail prep, apply a thin coat of White Rubber Base Coat & cap the free edge. Cure under your Gel Nail Lamp for 60 seconds.
  2. Apply 1-2 thin coats of White Builder Gel & cap the free edge, curing each coat under your Gel Nail Lamp for 60 seconds. If your Builder Gel has bulked the free edge, gently file your nails back to shape.
  3. Apply Nail Polish Remover to a Lint Free Wipe and thoroughly clean your nails.
  4. Paint half of your nail with That’s Mint. Tidy up the halfway line with your Oblique Brush and paint the other half of your nail with We’re Going To Ibiza. Then, using your Ombre Brush, blend the two colours together in an up and down motion to create the ombre effect. Before curing, use your Oblique Brush to tidy any areas before curing. under your Gel Nail Lamp for 60 seconds.
  5. Repeating step 4, paint a second coat of That’s Mint on the first half of your nail. Tidy up the halfway line with your Oblique Brush and paint a second coat of We’re Going To Ibiza on the other half of your nail. Then, using your Ombre Brush, blend the two colours together in an up and down motion. Before curing, use your Oblique Brush to tidy any areas before curing. Cure under your Gel Nail Lamp for 60 seconds.
  6. Paint a quarter of your nail with That’s Mint, and another quarter of your nail with We’re Going To Ibiza to create the checker effect. Using your Ombre Brush, blend the two colours together in an up and down motion. Finally, wet your Oblique Brush with Nail Polish Remover and sweep away part of these quarters to create an arched tip. Cure under your Gel Nail Lamp for 60 seconds.
  7. Apply a thin coat of Rubber Top Coat and cap the free edge. Cure under your Gel Nail Lamp for 60 seconds.
  8. Finish off the look by applying Gelous Cuticle Oil.

To recreate our Ombre Checkers gel nail art, watch our Youtube tutorial here.

So, what will your nails of the season be? Kickstart the brighter days by choosing your favourite summer shade and get started on your gel manicure. Show us what summer nails you created by tagging us on Instagram @Gelous.co!

Get your Gel Nail Polish and Gel Manicure Kits now, with free shipping with orders over $100 to Australia including Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and more! We also ship throughout New Zealand, United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Europe and the rest of the world.

Search our shop