White is the universal shade of summer — it's the feeling of a linen shirt buttoned up over your bathing suit, or the way an ivory sundress brushes your skin as it catches the salty breeze. As we head into vacation season head-on, we'll be shopping all things white, and coordinating with the perfect matching mani-pedi.
Similar to the way mixing light-toned neutrals can be tricky — like, does cream go with beige? — white nail polish is actually tougher than most colors to get right in formulation. The wrong bottle can run streaky, taking six coats to fully cover the nail. Other times, the color reads chalky, like your middle school Wite-Out manicure (not so chic).
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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.
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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 a sun-kissed glow — sans spray tan.