The Nail Colours You'll Be Wearing This Summer, According To Top Manicurists


Summer is right around the corner, and while the weather might not always feel like it, there’s no better time to start shopping for new accessories, be it strappy sandals, face mists or a new nail varnish.

Ditch the chipped nails or hastily applied coats of paint, and instead freshen up your wardrobe with the hottest nail colours this year.

Corals, flesh colours, raspberries and milky whites are set to be popular this summer, according to Krisztina van der Boom, co-founder of DryBy hair and nail salon. “Anything to complement a slight tan,” she tells HuffPost. She is a particular fan of the CND Shellac Boho Spirit Collection, which features hot pinks, vibrant oranges, muted nudes and earth-toned yellows.

Juanita Huber-Millet, founder of Townhouse, a nail bar in central London says this summer opt for delicate nail art designs for weddings, with bolder shades for your summer holidays. In terms of colours, she says: “Pinks, nudes and pastel shades are always popular in the warmer months and neons are perfect for the beach.”

If you haven’t got the budget, or the time, for an indulgent manicure at your local salon, then worry not. We’ve rounded up our favourite shades available on the high street so you can step into summer in style for a fraction of the cost.


Barry M Coconut Infusion Gel Nail Paint 6 Flamingo, Boots, £4.99

Coral is set to be big according to our experts, so head to the Barry M section of Boots for a huge selection of shades. This gel-like nail paint will have the high shine of a shellac mani, with minimal effort required.


Essie Gel Couture 300 The It-Factor Pink Nail Polish, Superdrug, £9.99

Opt for a show-stopping pink and make a statement. Jazz up monochrome outfits and compliment a tan with this bold, bright and beautiful shade.

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OPI A Good Man-Darin Is Hard To Find, OPI £13.50

Bold, bright and beautiful, top up your tan with a splash of neon orange. Apply three coats for a high-shine slick finish and head into the sunshine.

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NAILS INC Sending Nudes Nail Polish, Feel Unique, £11

Sage green doesn’t just look good on soft furnishings, apply it to your nails too. Perfect for wedding, BBQs and the entire summer season, this will be going on our fingers and toes.

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Gloss Nail Polish In Ducky, Topshop, £7

A splash of buttery yellow will brighten up both your day and your manicure. Apply a couple coats of this cruelty-free polish and admire its glossy sheen reflecting in the sunshine.

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Smart Nail Lacquer in 27 Pearly Light Blue, KIKO, £2.50

Pastels are synonymous with warmer weather and this baby blue polish ticks all our boxes, with its high-shine finish and quick-drying formula.

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OPI Nail Lacquer - Classic Pastels in Sweet Heart, Feel Unique, £13.50

A soft pastel pink is the perfect accompaniment to decorative and delicate nail art. For a barely-there look, apply one coat before experimenting with stripes and swirls in contrasting white paint.

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