Happy Monday, friends! The weather is warmer, is your summer manicure ready? Not only does a new season bring new fashion pieces but it brings new nail colors you have to try.  Whether you love bright, bold, and festival-ready nails or subtle office-friendly nails, I’ve got you covered. Here are 5 must-have colors to nail your summer manicure. 

5 Must-Have Colors to Nail Your Summer Manicure:

Bold //

Coral is the perfect bold summer nail polish option. Not only does coral scream summer but it you’re likely to stand out as your nails will most definitely pop.

Polish of Choice: OPI Summer Lovin’ Having A Blast!

Bright //

If you’re looking for a bright nail polish, this color is for you. How can you not choose this color? Especially since bright is in the name! Bright pink makes such a great shade as it can go with any outfit for any occasion. Much like the bold color options, bright nails make such a statement.

Polish of Choice: Essie Summer 2018 Collection, The Fuchsia Is Bright

Metallic //

Metallics are huge this summer. What better way to paint your nails than by using a pretty metallic shimmer color, like the one above. Essie has launched a gorgeous metallic shimmer collection and this shade is my favorite. I just love that it reminds me of the sea.

Polish of Choice: Essie Seaglass Shimmers Collection, At Sea Level

Must-Have Colors to Nail Your Summer Manicure

Subtle //

If the above colors have you heading for the hills, then the last two colors are perfect for you. Subtle colors are the perfect way to rock pretty summer shades. There are so many pale nail polishes out there but this pale yellow is the best, in my opinion. Yellow just screams summer to me as it reminds me of sunny summer days and ice-cold lemonade. While yellow can be quite bright and bold, this shade is the perfect subtle, pale yellow.

Polish of Choice: China Glaze Lemon Fizz

Neutral //

White polish is a color you can never go wrong with. Honestly, when this nail trend first made its appearance, I was a total skeptic. Now, it’s my go-to. I love that it gives the perfect neutral pop to your nails. White polish is perfect for any occasion and any outfit which means you don’t have to change your nail color if it doesn’t match your outfit. Who wouldn’t love that?!

Polish of Choice: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri, White On Time


There you have it! My 5 must-have colors to nail your summer manicure. Hopefully, you found at least one shade that you’ll want to rock all summer long. I know I’ll be rocking all 5 of these on repeat. 

What’s your favorite summer color trend?

Are you a bold, bright, metallic, subtle, or neutral nail girl?

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