Your toes are bound to be on full display this summer, so it may be time for a fresh pedicure. After all, there’s nothing like chipped polish to detract from those trendy square toe sandals or sleek slides you’ve been eager to bust out for months.
In case you need help narrowing down your options, we’ve compiled some of the hottest hues to rock this season — from 90s-inspired neutrals and pastels that will make your tan pop to bold colors spotted on runways during Fashion Month. Discover them all ahead.
A crisp white matches perfectly to any ensemble and is an easy base for painting on decorations and designs if you feel like getting fancy. Plus, it will make your bronzed complexion look amazing.
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Spotted in Off-White and Versace’s spring ’20 collections, hot pink is a major color trend set to continue into summer. Christian Louboutin offers a high-shine, chip-resistant formula done in the hue. Not to mention, it comes in a stiletto-inspired bottle that’s certainly worthy of a #shelfie.
With 90s trends having a huge moment right now, expect to see pastels resurface, inspired by silky slip dresses of the decade. Sally Hansen provides a great option with its Sheer Nirvana shade, which also features argan oil for deeply hydrating effects.
Another pastel hue that won’t go anywhere this summer, lavender is perfect for pairing with all your festive and floral bathing suits. Check out Essie’s “Go Ginza” for rocking this garden-inspired shade.
Shades of Green
Spring ’20 collections also served up a host of green hues, with two of the most prominent being emerald green and pistachio. Try both trends for a bolder dose of color or more subdued look.
As neon hues make way to more mellow nail colors, swap your fluorescent yellow for a sunflower-esque shade this summer. It will compliment cool tones in your outfit like blues, greens and purples. Take this color for a spin with Chanel’s enriching polish that strengthens nails over time.
Celebrate the arrival of warmer weather with a color inspired by the truest sky blue. Ella + Mila’s polish offers a captivating bright blue tone that will clear up any cloudy mood.
Inspired by the onset of longer days and even later nights spent around the camp fire or hanging out with friends, sunset orange is a quintessential summer look. Channel this vibrant shade with a polish like Marc Jacobs Beauty’ hi-shine polish in Snap!, a tangerine-style tone.
You can also create a streamlined look by matching a bronze color to your tan. YSL’s La Lacque Couture polish offer a great glowy hue with confetti-style accents for a fun pop that will catch the sunlight.
For those who prefer a barely-there look, you can never go wrong with a sheer polish. After all, relaxed standards of dressing mean a clear-coat design for nails is totally acceptable. Orly’s BB Crème in Barely Blush provides a clean finish while helping to dry or brittle nails, too.
In line with pastel subdued color trends this season, peach provides a middle ground between bolder shades like bright oranges and pinks seen in spring ’20 runway collections,. Test out the shade in two different ways with Nails Inc’s Kiss My Peach duo set.
If you’re really look to switch things up, though, go for an unexpected hue for the season like deep purple. Its dark, rich finish contrasts well with colorful ensembles for a unique flair. Dior’s Strong Plum colorway offers a stunning gel-style polish you’ll be eager to rock year-round.
Metallic polishes are like jewelry for your hands and toes, so why not rock them this summer (especially when you don’t want to load up on bling on a hot summer day). For just under $2, Wet N’ Wild’s chrome shade is a guilt-free purchase.
Always a classy shade, champagne nail polish takes your nails from the bare basics to a trophy-level glow. Its shimmering nature is more out-there than a neutral tone but it still is subtle enough to be appropriate in any setting. Zoya’s Beth shade fits the bill perfectly with a formaldehyde-free formula.
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