7 Bright Nail Polish Shades For This Weekend’s DIY Mani-Pedi

It's funny how the weather changes our color preferences. For five months out of the year, we're perfectly satisfied with wearing black from head to toe — jet-black ankle boots and dark, raw-hem denim never go out of style. Then it's 80 degrees and sunny, and all we want are floral prints and magenta tones in our closet.

Our nail polish picks also tend to take a turn for the brighter once July rolls around, — especially during this strange summer of quarantine when we're all in need of a pick-me-up. So, ahead, we've rounded up the best bright polishes, according to seasoned nail pros. These shades won't leave you with a streaky finish and will have every fellow Trader-Joe's shopper commenting, "Wow, that's bright." From cherry-red to fluorescent purple, you'll find your new favorite summer mani color in the guide, ahead.


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Bright White

You're wearing a white slip dress, white-rimmed sunglasses, and you want a mani-pedi to match. This creamy pearl shade — created by Black-owned nail brand, Mischo Beauty — is crisp, bright, and has just the right amount of iridescence.
Mischo A Beautiful Life, $20.00 Buy

Bright Orange

Neon orange reads surprisingly chic on fingernails, especially under the sunshine. If you're looking for the newest of the new, grab this blazing shade from Essie's summer 2020 collection, inspired by the vibrant city of Marrakech, Morocco.
Essie souq up the sun, $9.00 Buy

Bright Pink

Think of this raspberry pink as your fancy-occasion nail polish. Whether it's a Zoom baby shower or you just feel like putting on a dress, a single coat of Chanel Camélia will deliver professional-quality pigment and shine — until your next salon appointment.
Chanel Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour, $28.00 Buy

Bright Purple

Consider this shade an upgrade from the soft whispering lavender you've worn on repeat all spring. It's equal parts happy and posh — and how we hope to feel from now to August.
Olive & June Bold & Unshaken, $8.00 Buy

Bright Red

The best summer red you can snag off the shelves of your local Target (or online) is this best-selling Tenoverten polish in Ludlow. Brand founder Nadine Abramcyk tells us it's a classic candy-apple red that flatters every skin tone.
Tenoverten tenoverten Nail Polish in Ludlow, $11.99 Buy

Bright Yellow

Nail pro and OPI education manager Sigourney Nuñez says this shade — named Sun, Sea, and Sand in My Pants — delivers a non-streaky sunburst manicure that's especially gorgeous against medium and dark skin tones.
OPI OPI Nail Lacquer in Sun Sea and Sand In My Pants, $10.50 Buy

Bright Blue

We're calling this shade Blue Crush. Celebrity manicurist Skyy Hadley loves both the vibrant, icy blue tone and the extreme long-wearing formula that won't chip for a solid two weeks.
Sally Hansen Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Babe Blue, $5.75 Buy
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