These bright shades are perfect for the warmer months.

By Jennifer Aldrich
Updated April 09, 2021
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It's just about time to welcome a new season, and it's the perfect opportunity to update your manicure. There is plenty of time to wear pastel shades in the spring and moody hues in the fall and winter, so let's have some fun with bright and bold shades for the next few months. (Especially because it's also sandal season, so you have double the opportunity to try out some colorful lacquers.) Even if you're normally a neutral nail polish person, just try out one of these vivid colors; a new mani is an easy, non-committal way to update your look. Try out one (or even apply a few!) of these gorgeous nail polishes for a DIY mani, or take one to the salon for your nail tech to apply.

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Magenta Nail Polish

This bright pink is perfect for summer, plus, you can use it in your Valentine's Day manicure. The formula goes on evenly and is opaque in just two coats. If you'd like to take a break from gel, but want a polish that's chip-free, try this option. One 5-star reviewer writes, "[This] nail color is the longest-wearing traditional lacquer I've tried on the market."

Buy It: Camélia Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour ($28, Chanel)

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White Nail Polish

White is especially beautiful on deep skin tones. (Plus, you can always use it on a French manicure.) The formula has a finish similar to gel, minus the damage. If you're not quite ready for bright white on your fingers, try it for your next pedicure. 

Buy It: HD Nail Polish ($8, Olive & June)

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Orange Nail Polish

Don't be nervous trying a unique shade like orange. If it's your first time, try using it on an accent nail or just on the tips as a colorful French mani. This shade is full-coverage and actually goes on matte, just make sure to finish with a matte top coat ($10, Sally Beauty.) The affordable, vegan formula comes in 12 other neon colors if you'd like to try out some more striking options.

Buy It: duri The O.C. Orange Nail Polish ($8, Amazon)

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Turquoise Nail Polish

Dreaming of a vacation? This shimmery turquoise (perfectly named Blue Blue Ocean) is ideal and makes an excellent polish for toes. The top-rated lacquer is like gel, but won't ruin your nail beds. One happy buyer gives the product 5 stars and writes, "One of the best nail polishes I have used. It dries quickly, stays on without chipping."

Buy It: Deborah Lippmann Blue Blue Ocean Gel Lab Pro Nail Polish ($20, Sephora)

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Rainbow Nail Polish

It doesn't get much more fun than this playful polish. The multi-colored confetti is a "modern interpretation of traditional oragami" and looks perfect with just two coats. It's a youthful option that looks great on people of all ages.

Buy It: JINsoon Dotty Nail Lacquer ($18, Revolve)

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Purple Nail Polish

This super-shiny purple has an iridescent finish that will glimmer in the sunlight. The rich hue is full-coverage with two coats and lasts a full 11 days without chipping.  

Buy It: OPI Samurai Breaks a Nail Infinite Shine Long-Wear Nail Polish ($13, Ulta)

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Pink Nail Polish

If you're not quite ready for a neon, but still want something summery, opt for this hue inspired by orchids. (Basically, if you can't make it to Hawaii this summer, the tropical polish is the next best thing.) Apply two-to-three coats for a shiny, opaque finish and that lasts for a full week without chipping.

Buy It: OPI Hawaiian Orchid Nail Lacquer Nail Polish ($7, Walmart)

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Yellow Nail Polish

For those ready to try something daring, go for this neon yellow that's stunning on deep skin tones. The easy-to-apply color lasts for five days with a super shiny finish. Plus, this mini bottle is super affordable for a test of the eye-catching color. 

Buy It: Yellow Car Color Hit Mini Nail Polish ($5, Sephora)


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