8 Vibrant Nail Polish Colors for Your Summer Manicures
These bright shades are perfect for the warmer months.
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.
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."
White Nail Polish
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.
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)
Rainbow Nail Polish
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.
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)
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.