8 Summer-Perfect Pedicure Shades To Pick Up Before Your Beach Vacation

If you've been putting off your summer pedicure until the season's official start date (we'll call that the summer solstice, June 21), it's just about time to switch to open-toed shoes for the months ahead. Now that you're leaning into sandal season — and, naturally, looking for a toenail color to match — we have your foolproof guide to the nail polishes you'll wear on rotation from now through Labor Day.

Ahead, check out 8 shades of polish the pros are recommending for summer 2019 pedicures. From OPI's classic red-tinged coral to the most flattering shade of marigold, find the prettiest bottles to inspire your summer DIY mani-pedi — which will hopefully be followed by a week (or at least a long weekend) of R&R spent sprawled out on your favorite beach towel.


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Essie Nail Polish in Glory Glaze

"In the summertime, I love a cherry red as a pedicure color," says celebrity manicurist Michelle Saunders James. "Essie’s new Glazed Days collection has a super-glossy pink-tinted red with a translucent, jelly-like finish, which is my summer must-have."
Essie Glazed Days Nail Polish Collection in Glory Glaze$9.00 Buy

Nails Inc. Living Your Best Life

If you're look for a flattering yellow, James says a tone that falls toward the warm golden side of the color spectrum is usually the most flattering across skin tones. "Nails Inc. has a divine marigold hue, Living Your Best Life,” she says.
Nails Inc. Living Your Best Life$11.00 Buy

Lauren B. Beauty Nail Polish in Pale Sand Paradise

For that sweet spot between milky nude and springy pastels, try a cool-toned, sheer lavender. "Lauren B Beauty nails the pastel neutral trend with Pale Sand," says James. "It reads as this delightful, slightly lilac cream color."
LAUREN B Lauren B. Beauty Pale Sand Paradise Nail Polish 14.8ml$18.00 Buy

Essie Nail Polish in Bikini So Teeny

One of Essie's best-selling shades, Bikini So Teeny is fitting for any summer occasion and every pair of sandals in your closet. "Everyone loves this polish because it's a bright sky blue with just a hint of shimmer," says James.
Essie essie Nail Polish in Bikini So Teeny$7.79 Buy

Chanel Longwear Nail Colour in Turban

If you're looking for a vibrant multi-dimensional pink that stops just short of neon, this is the bottle for you. "My go-to coral is Turban by Chanel because it leans more pink than orange," says James.
Chanel Longwear Nail Colour in Turban$28.00 Buy

JINsoon Nail Polish in Tweety

A brighter white-toned yellow is also on trend for summer, says nail pro Jin Soon Choi. "This shade, Tweety, is a sunny yellow with a glossy cream finish that looks fresh and flattering across a range of skin tones," she explains.
JINsoon Nail Polish in Tweety$18.00 Buy

Essie Gel Couture Nail Polish in Couture Curator

Of course, baby pink is a timeless classic. Choi tells us that this gel formula will give your subtle pedicure a little extra staying power. "I love this cotton candy-like opaque pink," she explains of Couture Curator. "It's ideal for your summer vacation because it's not too loud and will last for weeks without chipping."
Essie essie Gel Couture Nail Polish in Couture Curator$8.99 Buy
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