Strawberry nails are all over our feeds these days, but we shouldn’t be surprised. From bright-red lacquered lips to “sunburnt” rosy blush, contemporary beauty trends are turning (glossy) red as of late. Such is the case with trending nail art too as nail artists point to sweet strawberry-embellished looks as the up-and-coming manicure moment this summer.
“Strawberry nails make you feel like you’re on instant vacation mode with the pops of color,” celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann tells Glamour, adding that the style provides the opportunity to use several bright colors together which is ideal for the summer season. It’s no wonder “strawberry nails” have already amassed 28 million views on TikTok, while hashtag #strawberrynails followed closely behind with 8 million.
As for why strawberries are specifically in vogue, as opposed to other types of produce? One theory is that the fruit’s colors are bright and bold while its aesthetic is plump and glazed, wrapping all of this season’s most sought-after trends into one design. The multi-fruit mani already had its time to shine—remember when Gigi Hadid rocked fruit salad fingertips in 2019?—and nail enthusiasts are gravitating toward pink and red shades as is, says Dazzle Dry director of education Silva Nahabedian. “Berry colored polishes are very in right now,” Nahabedian says, noting that the strawberry aesthetic is all about having fun with colors that ultimately elevate your mood when you look down at your hands.
That said, strawberry nails can be modified for a more minimalist aesthetic, adds Brittney Boyce, celebrity nail artist and founder of NAILS OF LA. Boyce points to strawberry art atop neutral hues as one example of how. “This way, the strawberry aesthetics is accented, but it doesn’t take over the entire nail,” she says of the style.
Looking for more strawberry nail inspiration? You’re in the right place. Scroll on for 10 strawberry nail designs to recreate this summer. Get ready to screenshot.