8 Trending Nail-Polish Colors Perfect For Every Summer Occasion

The new ruffle skirt hanging in your closet, coupled with the fact that it's now too hot to wear pants, is proof enough that summer is definitely here. Now that we've breached the official start of vacation season, heading full-steam ahead into 4th of July weekend, we're riding this warm-weather high with peep-toe sandals on our feet and a stack of colorful bracelets on one wrist — dangling down to the fresh, glossy manicure on our fingernails.

From a summery take on Coachella's glitter manicure to the prettiest (and super-clean) stone-blue polish we've ever seen, we asked the pros for an inside look at 2019's hottest summer nail polish shades. Shop them all — or just your favorite bottle — right now, and consider it the cheapest accessory you'll buy, and wear on repeat, all season long.


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Periwinkle Purple

For her second wedding in the south of France, Sophie Turner walked down the aisle with pastel-purple fingernails, tipping us off to a major summer color trend in the making. Since then, Selena Gomez swapped her creamsicle tips for a glossy pale periwinkle mani, and we've fully committed to this periwinkle shade — nail pro Nadine Abramcyk's favorite opaque purple — for the duration.
NARS Nail Polish Collection in Kalymnos$20.00 Buy

Cherry Red

Abramcyk tells us that she's been seeing a color shift from the traditional neutrals to bright red this summer. "I think it's because a classic red mani looks so good at the beach," she says. "This shade in particular is our best-selling cherry — and everyone loves it this time of year."
Tenoverten Nail Polish in Ludlow$12.00 Buy

Sandy Bronze

Like a dewy body-bronzing oil in nail-polish form, Dior's newest summer shade is faintly shimmery and perfectly sun-kissed. Nail pro Jin Soon Choi confirms that this color, Sun Glow, is almost like the perfect airbrushed spray tan for your nails — minus the telltale color rub-off on the collar of your white T-shirt.
Dior Vernis Gel Shine & Long Wear Nail Lacquer in Sun Glow$28.00 Buy

Metallic Fuchsia

Smith & Cult's newest non-toxic shade combines two of the summer's biggest breakout trends — metallic and neon — in one gorgeous gold-capped glass bottle. Nail pro Emi Kudo tells us that the key to achieving an understated holographic mani is using a sheer, buildable polish with super-fine flecks of glitter, so the end result reads as a soft-glow shimmer.
Smith & Cult Smith & Cult Nail Polish in Palace in Wonderland$18.00 Buy

Sheer Coral

"This color is basically summer in a bottle," says nail pro Skyy Hadley. "It's beautiful coral shade looks amazing on all skin tones." Plus, because it's a sheer formula, it gives your nails a glossy peach-tinted glow that reads as natural.
LAUREN B Baja Sunrise – 7 free + Vegan Nail Polish$18.00 Buy

Confetti Glitter

We're loving Essie's new silver confetti polish in Congrats for every rooftop party occasion from June straight through September. Hadley tells us that this shade in particular is kind of like the good vibes of spring and summer bottled up. "The multi-colored confetti makes your nails look as happy as you are," she says.
Essie essie Nail Polish in Congrats$8.99 Buy

Stone Blue

This soft blue feels perfect in the spring to summer transition because it's a little brighter than pastel, but more muted than electric neon. Moreover, brand founder Abramcyk tell us that the cool undertones in this shade make it just about universally flattering on everyone who tries it on.
Tenoverten Nail Polish in Austin$12.00 Buy

Baby Pink

A light-pink manicure feels so right for this time of year — it's essentially the nail polish version of a quick refresh between your trendy thumbnail art and rainbow gradient manicure. "Everyone needs a grab-and-go neutral sheer polish," says nail pro Michelle Saunders. That's precisely why we're wearing all of OPI's new bridal-inspired neutrals — like this pale pink from the Always Bare For You collection — on repeat, from this weekend's rooftop bar to that wedding in late August.
OPI OPI Nail Lacquer Polish in Bare My Soul$10.95 Buy
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