It's a Fact: These Best-Selling Nail Colors Look Better on Your Toes

Erin Jahns

Believe it or not, pedicure season is finally here, which means it's time to plan your polish MO. (If you're a hot-pink person, these 20 shades have us feeling a certain type of way right now—just throwing that out there.)

In seasons past, electric shades of neon or pastel hues like mint have been the pedicure prescription of choice, but this year, we're throwing some new colors into the mix just in time for your next salon appointment. Yes, scarlet reds and go-with-everything nudes will always be on the polish menu for our toes, but we'd also like to introduce more unexpected nail colors like dusty olive, denim blue, and antiqued shades of peach and pink for your consideration. Ahead, we're highlighting the 12 best pedicure colors to experiment with this season. Plus, the exact nail polishes you should snap up before they fly off the shelves. 

#12: Denim Blue

Tenoverten Nail Polish in Austin ($18)

Navy blue is classic, but a lighter, denim-inspired hue of blue feels more on par with the summer season. 

Jinsoon Nail Polish in Aero ($18)

#11: Dusty Olive

Essie Expressie Quick-Dry Nail Polish in Precious Cargo-Go! ($9)

Olive green might seem an unlikely pedicure color, but it's a surprisingly flattering option for your toes this summer. It goes with pretty much everything, and it's a fresh alternative to the tired and expected mix of mints or neons. (I'm especially obsessed with Essie's 8-free, quick-dry formula above!)

J.Hannah Artichoke ($19)

#10: Peaches 'n' Cream

J.Hannah Nail Polish in Himalayan Salt ($19)

Think of this perfect pedicure color as a rich, sleek alternative to your usual salon order of pale pink or coral. J.Hannah's lighter option feels subtler, but if you're craving something more intense this season, we're having a moment with Smith & Cult's antiqued shade of pink.

Smith & Cult Nail Polish in Love Lust Lost ($20)

#9: Go Buff

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Color in Particuliere ($28)

Nothing will be more iconic than nude. For those who want polish with zero fuss, it's a no-brainer option for your summer pedicure aesthetic. 

Zoya Nail Polish in Laura ($7)

#8: Hot Pink

Orly Nail Polish in Lips Like Sugar ($6)

Hot pink has been having a non-cliché comeback, and we are so here for it. This color can veer more pink-pink or purple-pink—pick your poison!

OPI Infinite Shine Nail Polish in V-I-Pink Passes ($13)

#7: True Turquoise

Christian Louboutin Beauty Nail Polish in Dragonflash ($30)

A stunning compromise between blue and green—and one of the ultimate shades to dunk your toes into this season. 

OPI Infinite Shine Nail Polish in Verde Nice to Meet You ($7)

#6: Baroque Purple

Oribe Nail Polish in Lavender Smoke ($32)

Plunge into a shimmering shade of violet or go subtler with a smoky hue of lavender. Shades of purple are always relevant when it comes to the best pedicure colors. 

OPI Hue Is The Artist? ($11)

#5: Glossy Hematite

Olive & June Nail Polish in E+M ($8)

When in doubt, black is always the answer. Yep, even on your toes and even in the summer! It's unexpected and the superior color choice if you're looking to hide sand or any other inevitable damage your pedicure might accrue once you're outside more. The key? Keep it ultra-glossy with a durable topcoat (like Olive & June's formula below) and reapply every few days. 

Olive & June The Top Coat ($8)

#4: Limoncello

Ella + Mila Nail Polish in Limoncello ($11)

You can wear any shade of yellow on your toes, but we're especially into opaque, floral iterations that are bright but a tad less primary than the Crayola trend that's been popular in seasons past. 

Sally Hansen Good. Kind. Pure. Nail Color in Sun-Tastic ($9)

#3: Pearl

Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Nail Color in Amazing Grace ($20)

Crisp and light—white actually makes a statement in a big way on your toes. Opt for a super-opaque, long-lasting formula like this one from Deborah Lippmann or go a bit more whimsical with this shimmery cream from Smith & Cult. 

Smith & Cult Nail Polish in Sugarette ($18)

#2: Metallic

Olive & June Nail Polish in OJPAS ($8)

Any color looks prettier on your toes when it's a glimmering metallic. We're suckers for the classics like gold or silver, but really, the world is your oyster with this one! 

China Glaze Nail Polish in High Standards ($7)

#1: Electric Cherry

Essie Gel Couture Longwear Nail Polish in Rock the Runway ($10)

You can't argue the power and compliment potential of a bright-red pedicure. There are so many great shades, but these are our forevers. 

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Pirate ($28)

Up next: Celebrity Manicurists Say These Are the Most Popular Nail Colors of the Summer

This article was published at an earlier date and has been updated.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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