Warm-weather fashions practically beg for you to flaunt your fingers and toes, so make sure your tips are properly attired. Where spring nail trends featured more ladylike, sophisticated hues, summer is all about flashes of unexpected colors like aqua, sherbet, and golden undertones. Here, you'll find our top 7 summer manicures, along with the spankin' new polishes you need to get the look. Better start prepping now: Once you see these stunning shades, you're going to want to flash your tips and toes all over town.
Tangerine Tango may have been the color of spring, but summer belongs to the creamsicle. Just like the delicious frozen treat it's named after, this sherbet-y shade looks youthful and yummy on your nails.
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Like ice cream trucks and mosquito bites, turquoise nails are one of the many surefire signs that summer is officially here. We're loving this year's crop of aqua lovelies — they run the gamut from nearly neon to Caribbean waters.
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Maybe it's all the dreaming we've been doing about our impending beach vacations, but for some reason we're finding ourselves drawn to sandy nudes. Just a few swipes of one of these warm neutrals on our nails and we've suddenly got a strong urge to don our bikinis, slather on some SPF, and crack open a trashy novel.
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Taking the place of pastel pink and fuchsia comes a cross between the two: salmon pink. This offbeat shade has the softness of light pink, blended with the boldness of a bright. Keep it creamy for a more girly finish, or turn up the volume with a vibrant iteration.
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Neons will continue to be a big trend well into spring, but expect to see an influx of retina-searing yellows once the temperature starts to soar. Unlike hot pink or orange, which looks good on a variety of skin tones, bright yellow really only works on skin that's got a bit of bronze in it — it can look a little scary against porcelain skin, hence its popularity in the summertime.
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Move over lilac — there's a new purple in town. Punched-up versions of this usually demure hue will dominate in the coming months, with extra-saturated blurples, eggplants, and mauves taking center stage.
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The latest craze in nails is adding an undertone of gold to dark nail colors. The gilt sheen helps warm up the moody hues and makes them feel fresh and light. If you are the type of girl that swears by Black Satin, this is a great, seasonally-appropriate way to wear your signature dark shades without having your digits look too heavy or winterized.
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