This juicy nail colour offers a refreshing twist on classic red – set to be a summer go-to

Watermelon red is set to be this season's go-to nail colour for those seeking to add sophistication and a touch of vibrancy to their look

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While a classic red is always a timeless pick, "watermelon nails" are this season's juicier update, taking inspiration from the refreshing fruit for a vibrant but ultra-chic manicure.

Though the summer typically ushers in a wave of bright and sparkling hues, with some making an appearance every time the weather shifts, the 2024 nail trends have instead brought in a plethora of varied and unexpected looks – from subtle neutral nails to playful coral nails. That said, we have spied one theme among them: citrus and fruit-inspired tones. In May alone, we saw strawberry nails and lemon French tip nails trend – and now it seems there's another juicy hue to add to the roster.

Aptly named watermelon nails, this look seeks to replicate the vibrant, pink-red tint of the fruit, offering a refreshing but versatile twist on classic red. Here's how to recreate it...

What are watermelon nails?

Now, this is up for some interpretation as we've seen full-on nail art recreating the likeness of the fruit – right down to the seeds – as well as ombré nails looks, blending the iconic green of a watermelon's skin with its red flesh. To us, though, it's all about the latter; the radiant pink-red hue of a freshly cut cube of watermelon.

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There's really no other way to describe this look than juicy and, unlike some summertime manicures, it won't look out of place once the sunny days have passed. This is because it offers a similar finish to a classic red – indisputably a timeless colour with just a hint of pinky summertime vibrancy.

How to recreate watermelon colour nails?

For this look you will, of course, need a bright pink-red nail colour, as well as a high-shine top coat, to capture that characteristic watermelon gleam. Like with any manicure, nailcare is key to achieving a really polished finish, so we suggest adding one of the best nail strengtheners to your kit, plus a cuticle oil and clear top coat.

5 watermelon-red nail looks we're loving

Regardless of whether you favour almond nails or squoval nail shapes, this juicy red tone works on any nail shape or length to suit your preferences...

1. Semi sheer watermelon nails

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If you're a lover of sheer polishes and glossy finishes, a jelly-like nail polish is perfect for recreating that juicy, watermelon look.

2. Squoval watermelon nails

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If you're ever worried that a nail colour is too bold, we recommend pairing it with a short and squoval nail shape. This affords a very chic and minimal look that will offset the vibrant hue.

3. Watermelon red micro French tips

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Short French tip nails are very on trend this season, so why not pair the popular design with a bold watermelon hue?

4. Watermelon accent nails

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If you really want to acknowledge the sunny season, adding a watermelon accent nail or nail art design is definitely a good way to go.

5. Pink watermelon nails

For a very summery twist, opt for a rich magenta pink, the sort of colour you might see in a watermelon-scented candle or lip balm.

Naomi Jamieson
Digital Beauty Writer

Naomi is a Digital Beauty Writer from woman&home, where she covers everything from skincare to fragrance but specialises, particularly, in makeup and nail trends. Through her work, Naomi gets to share her trend expertise and share her own shopping recommendations and product reviews. Previously, she worked as a Lifestyle News Writer for My Imperfect Life magazine, where she used her savvy for TikTok to bring readers the latest beauty buzzwords, fashion movements and must-have products. 

Before that, Naomi split her time between both GoodTo and My Imperfect Life, whilst training for her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ, for which she earned a Distinction. Interestingly though, Naomi actually has a background in design, having studied illustration at Plymouth University but leapt into the media world in 2020, after always having a passion for writing. Now, when she isn’t reporting on the best perfumes and latest beauty releases, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping...