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How to choose your summer nail color

Summer is the time when women love to relax by the pool, get their tan on and have the hottest summer manicure. One of the toughest decisions is finding your go-to summer nail color.

Woman with white nail polish at the pool

Nail polish is undeniably one of the simplest ways to make a fashion statement, from the most natural neutral to the boldest of hues. Choosing a nail polish color at the salon is no simple task, with literally hundreds of polishes to choose from. This summer, there is a hot and trendy tone to flatter every skin tone.


Nude polish

Our pick: All Hail the Queen (, $15)

Shades can range from slight hints of color, such as bone or ivory, to deeper shades such as creamy beige or light gray. Nude polish provides a very feminine look that is great for summer weddings or everyday wear.

Our pick: All Hail the Queen (, $15)


White nail polish

White nail polish

White nail polish is one of the newest trends this summer. This crisp, clean look has been catching on everywhere from runway shows to the office. Nail art can be added to make your nails pop.

Our pick: OPI Alpine Snow (Walgreens, $9)


Teal polish

Teal polish

One of the hottest colors this summer is teal. The hints of blue and green can make a bold statement with a daytime look. With a range of shades to choose from, you’re sure to find one to complement any summer outfit that you pair with it.

Our pick: OPI Mermaid Tears (M Beauty Lounge, $11)



Our pick: Essie Vanity Fairest (, $8)

Pastels are all the rage this season. Pastel pink, one of the most popular colors this summer, can give every woman a fun and flirty look.

Our pick: Vanity Fairest (Essie, $8)


Coral polish

Our pick: OPI Bright Lights Big Color Coral (, $8)

Nothing says summer like a bright coral nail color. The perfect shade can be elegant yet fun paired with a favorite in-season look. Try it on your toenails to brighten up a pair of simple sandals or neutral wedges.

Our pick: OPI Bright Lights Big Color Coral (, $8)

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