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20 Sunshine-Ready Lemon Nail Art Ideas to Brighten Your Day

You know the expression. You make lemon nails when life gives you lemons. Citrus fruits are a great accent for manicures. It’s adorable, adds color to any manicure and is reminiscent of summer.

We’ve put together 20 different lemon nail designs to help you get inspired for your next manicure. See how to style the fruity manicure in different ways, from French tips to matte textures.

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Fresh Squeeze

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Squeeze that lemon! This manicure looks so real because of the texture and details on the branches and lemons.

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French twist

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French manicures can be given a citrus twist by adding little designs of lemon to them. You can choose to add them on every nail, or just accents.

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Short order

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Lemon nail art is still a great trend for short nails. The base is clear, which makes the accents of fruit really stand out.

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Lemon French

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French tips and lemon nail art combine two popular trends in one manicure. The French tips and tiny lemons add sophistication to the manicure.

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Slice of Life

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Why not add limes to this theme? This simple French manicure is given a refreshing touch by the lemon and lime combination.

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Mellow Yellow

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The brightness of the manicure is reduced by choosing a pastel yellow. This look is made more interesting by adding French tips and lemon designs to some of the nails.

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Fruit Fantasy

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This sweet manicure is perfect for a quick summer manicure. Why limit yourself to lemons, when you can also add watermelon and kiwis? This looks like a fruit platter at your fingertips.

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Mini Masterpiece

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This mini-masterpiece is the lemon manicure. Each fruit has been hand-painted in a beautiful design. The little details, from the stems of the lemon to the skin on the fruit, make this a unique look.

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Pretty Pairs

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Lemons look even better in pairs. Place the lemons at different places on each nail to keep it interesting.

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Lemons and Florals

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If you are looking for lemon nails ideas that have a cheerful, seasonal feel, then this is the look to go for. This manicure is dreamy with its floral accents and French tips.

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Limoncello Moment

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These nails are perfect for when you can’t get to Italy. The bright yellow French tips and the mix of lemons remind us of limoncello.

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Sliced up

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You can wear lemons in two different ways: whole or sliced. The fruit nail art gives this manicure a vibrant, playful feel. However, the nude nail polish beneath helps to anchor the look.

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Juicy Couture

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These lemon nails are not basic. They’re delicious! The white background with speckling and fruit accents make this manicure pop.

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Lemon Fizz

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This lemon manicure will definitely grab attention. Even without the 3D nail art, this manicure is stunning. This lemon nail design will be perfect if you add alternating French tips of white and yellow.

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Fresh Fruity

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This is another way to combine all your favorite fruit into one manicure. The nude base and a different fruit on each nail keep the manicure fresh, fun and vibrant.

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Get into the Grove

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Can you smell it? You can almost smell the citrus from these lemon nails. This lifelike lemons look great against the milky nude polish.

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Picnic perfect

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This is a great summer manicure. Include cucumbers, strawberries, mint, tomatoes and even mint in your lemon nail art.

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Matte Lemons

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The branches and leaves of these lemon trees are intricately branched. The matte base gives the manicure texture and edge.

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Lemon Drop

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Take the minimalist route if all-over designs of fruit aren’t for you. This easy design features a few ripe, yellow lemons over a clear polish.

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Lemon Molded

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This unique nail design is a fun twist on the classic. Betina Goldstein, a celebrity nail artist known for her abstract and artistic manicures, has come up with a new idea.

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