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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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.
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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.
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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."