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Red hot summer: Our favorite red nail lacquers

Bright and bold, red nail polish is a classic look that’s just right for summer.

Find the perfect red
Red manicure at the beach

The classic red nail is bold, bright and hot for summer. Once women try a manicure and pedicure with revved-up red polish, they’re hooked on the look!

With many shades of red to choose from, there’s always a perfect red that’s just right. Red nails make you feel powerful, pretty and are that finishing touch for fabulous summertime style.


The biggest trend in nails is gel polish for a manicure and pedicure that delivers a punch of pretty color and is practically indestructible! Gel polishes have been hot in salons and are now available for use at home. They are remarkably easy to apply, dry to a glossy shine and last for around three weeks without chipping.

A favorite gel red that flatters everyone is the classic Big Apple Red from OPI. This shiny red should be a basic in every woman’s nail lacquer arsenal — it’s clear, clean and can transition easily from the office to the beach. Other pretty reds to love from the OPI line include a hot strawberry red that’s as yummy-looking as its name, Strawberry Margarita, and a rich ruby red called Bastille My Heart. The vivacious Chianti-red of their I’m Not Really A Waitress is another classic choice. Many of these favorite colors now available in gel polishes have been popular in the OPI line for years.

Reds with pizzazz

It’s no surprise that when you’re looking at traditional nail polish formulas, some of the all-time favorite reds are also from the iconic OPI line. This company has dominated the industry thanks to an excellent product and gorgeous colors in formulas that allow for smooth, flawless application in salons and at home. You can’t help but smile at the color names that make some of these shades too tempting not to try! Plus, you can get a good idea of how they’ll look on your nails when you “try it on” using the OPI website application.

Some of our favorite hues? Tasmanian Devil Made Me Do It is a devilishly pretty red-orange that’s ideal for summer and adds just a touch of zing coordinated with the season’s trendy fashions. If you’re a fan of friendly coral, Red Light Ahead should be your pick for a bright and breezy pop of nail color.

Ladies who prefer darker reds and rich berry tones have some decisions to make — the beautiful berry rainbow includes Cha-Ching Cherry, The Thrill of Brazil, Dutch Tulips and Chick Flick Cherry — rich, romantic darker reds with the tiniest hint of blue to add depth.

A perfect pinky-red is The Color of Minnie. The famous cartoon love of Mickey Mouse would squeal with delight over her namesake color that’s bright, a bit bold and ultra-feminine.

There’s no better time than summer to sweep on some red and show a little love to pampered toes peeking out of sandals, or flatter glowing summer skin with a perfect manicure in a signature red that makes a great counterpoint to breezy white linen shirts and pants, classic nautical looks and cute sundresses. Red nails are a classic because they are always fresh and fashionable.

Quick tip

Looking for more ways to update your manicure? Check out these cool nail designs before heading to the salon.

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