13 Trending Nail Polish Colors To Wear On Repeat This Summer

The stifling humidity and the fact that it's two weeks into July prove that summer is at its peak. Of course, given the state of the world — with continued social-distancing mandates and the worldwide protests in support of racial justice — seasonal trends aren't exactly top of mind right now. Still, that doesn't mean shopping for new nail polish and giving yourself a bright, summery mani-pedi is frivolous. For some people, it could act as a bit of self-care when they need it most.

Ahead, we've compiled 2020's hottest summer nail shades — and we're leading with the chicest Black-owned and founded nail brands we love to support now and always. Shop them all and look forward to trying a new nail color each week from now through Labor Day, regardless of what other curveballs 2020 throws us in between.


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Mint Cream

Non-toxic, Black female-founded, and packaged for vanity display, Mischo Beauty is an under-the-radar nail-polish brand you'll want to shop in bulk. For the beginning of summer, start with this soft peppermint that founder and CEO Kitiya Mischo King calls "creme de mint."
Mischo North Star, $20.00 Buy
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Pale Nude

For far too long, the market was sorely lacking in "nude" nail polish for dark skin tones. Now, Janet & Jo., a family brand founded by Black female entrepreneurs, is changing that narrative, debuting a collection of nude shades created for everyone but specifically with dark skin tones in mind.
Janet & Jo Interlude In The Nude, $18.00 Buy
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Yellow Gold

With shades ranging from borderline-neon brights to this shimmering 14K yellow gold, Suite Eleven founder Arieal Smith-Liburd built the most on-trend and Instagrammable nail brand — and she made it affordable, at just $11 a bottle.
Suite Eleven Watch the Throne, $11.00 Buy
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Watermelon Champagne

Shop gel polish or the traditional nail lacquers, both of which come in a wide variety of summer-fresh tones, like this iridescent pink. Either way, you're supporting a chic Black-owned beauty brand when you shop Pear Nova polishes.
Pear Nova Tipsy Tea Party, $18.50 $14.80 Buy
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Raspberry Purple

If you're looking for a DIY manicure that will rival your salon gels in staying power, go with the Dazzle Dry system. Right now, the brand's lead educator Silva Nahabedian recommends this raspberry purple, which is the perfect way to wear a summertime variation on burgundy à la Margot Robbie.
Dazzle Dry 2 Curtsy or Not, $18.00 Buy
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Lilac Pink

Olive & June, L.A.'s trendy nail-care brand, just launched their summer polish collection, a collaboration with beauty influencer Nabela. All seven brand-new bottles are bright and have uplifting shade names to match, like this opaque pink-purple blend called Fierce & Loving.
Olive & June FIERCE & LOVING, $8.00 Buy
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Golden Bronze

Like a dewy body-bronzing oil in nail polish form, Essie's brand-new metallic gold shade is faintly shimmery and sun-kissed. It's almost like the perfect airbrushed spray tan for your nails — minus the telltale color rub-off on the collar of your white T-shirt.
Essie mosaic on down, $9.00 Buy
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Pastel Peach

"This color is basically summer in a bottle," says nail pro Skyy Hadley. "Its beautiful peach shade looks amazing on all skin tones." Plus, because it's a full-coverage creamy formula, it gives your nails a glossy peach-tinted veil in one to two coats.
Cirque Colors Met Steps, $12.50 Buy
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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 daisy art and rainbow quarantine 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 bridal-inspired neutrals — like this pale pink — on repeat.
OPI OPI Nail Polish, Baby Take a Vow, Nail Lacquer, $10.50 Buy
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Confetti Glitter

While we're celebrating birthdays and graduations via Zoom, we're loving Essie's silver confetti polish in Congrats. Hadley tells us that this shade in particular is kind of like the good vibes bottled up. "The multi-colored confetti makes your nails look so happy," she says.
Essie Essie Celebration Moments Nail Polish Collection, $9.00 Buy
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Cherry Red

Nail pro Nadine Abramcyk tells us that we'll likely be seeing a color shift from the pastels and neutrals to bright red pre-summer. "I think it's because a classic red mani looks so good in the sun," 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
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Metallic Fuchsia

Smith & Cult's top-rated shade combines two of the summer's staple 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
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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 tells 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
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