Why The White Manicure Is A Classic Summer Staple

Like a white linen sundress or a crisp Oxford button down worn as a coverup over a one-piece swimsuit, there's something inherently summery about whites. It extends past apparel into accessories, too, from freshwater pearl pendants to your white leather purse and a matching mani-pedi.

The trouble with the latter — as anyone who has ever worn white polish knows — is that the formula is tricky. Too sheer or watery, and you have to layer five coats to get any color payoff. Overly opaque, and your fingernails look like they've been spackled with Wite-Out. To help find the sweet spot, we tapped a few nail pros to break down their favorite white polishes ever made. From a full-coverage option from Tenoverten to an $8 Essie classic, shop your favorite bottle and consider it a foolproof summer style investment.

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Mischo Nail Polish in A Beautiful Life


Mischo Beauty founder Kitiya Mischo King calls this shade a creamy pearl — meaning it's white, but shows a subtle iridescent glow when the sunshine hits.
Mischo A Beautiful Life$20.00 Buy

Olive & June Nail Polish in HD


Fresh and full-coverage, this shade is more of a neutral milky white as opposed to a neon bright. Nail pro Sarah Gibson Tuttle, CEO and founder of Olive & June, tells us it's her go-to.
Olive & June Olive & June Nail Polish - 0.46 fl oz$8.00 Buy

Tenoverten Nail Polish in White


Tenoverten co-founder Nadine Abramcyk tells us that this white is 100% opaque — not sheer or runny — so one coat is all you need to get the perfect pop of brightness on your fingers or toes.
Tenoverten Nail Polish in White$12.00 Buy

Essie Nail Polish in Blanc


Essie fans love an all-white manicure, as evidenced by the fact that the Blanc shade — a fresh-washed linen white — is the fourth best-selling shade of all time.
Essie essie Nail Polish in Blanc$8.78 Buy
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Floss Gloss Nail Polish in Mrs. Tony Montana


For the trend-seekers, Floss Gloss polish is a must-try. The brand's M.O. is flashy, look-at-me colors, and this cool cream — called Mrs. Tony Montana, an homage to Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface — is the chicest white around.
Floss Gloss MRS. TONY MONTANA$9.00 Buy

OPI Nail Lacquer in Alpine Snow


OPI nail pro Sigourney Nuñez is loyal to the brand's Alpine Snow shade. She tells us that the glossy white looks good on everyone, giving the skin on your hands and feet the appearance of a sun-kissed glow — sans spray tan.
OPI OPI Nail Polish, Nail Lacquer, Alpine Snow, White Nail Polish, 0.5 Fl Oz$8.69 Buy
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