Your shades of summer have arrived.
We’ve all stood at the nail salon, staring at the polish display, overwhelmed by row after row of colors on the wall. You don’t know what to pick, so you choose the same safe red or nude—again. While those classics always work, why not update your look with the season’s amethyst, emerald, cobalt, or silver hues?
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Pick a color family and stick with it for both your manicure and pedicure, says manicurist Lisa Jachno, who works with A-listers like Julia Roberts. It’s the modern way of matching your fingers and toes. Whichever palette strikes your mood, you can’t go wrong with “light, shiny shades on your hands and deep metallics on your feet,” adds Jachno. Pair a pale purple mani with Dior’s lacquered cuff, or a seafoam green pedicure with Givenchy’s mint-and-blush ankle-strap sandals. Edgy blues will pop with Gucci’s crystal bracelets, and white or gunmetal polish will look divine with Dolce & Gabbana’s pewter clutch.
Purples, from top: Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel in Wild Violets, $6, revlon.com; CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Grapevine, $6, covergirl.com; Deborah Lippmann Nail Color in Maniac, $18, deborahlippmann.com; Napoleon Perdis Nail Polish in White Swan, $65 (includes lip gloss and bag set), napoleonperdis.com; Orly Blush Lacquer in Flawless Flush, $9, orlybeauty.com.
Greens, from top: Rescue Beauty Lounge Nail Polish in Small, Dim, Summer Stars, $20, rescuebeauty.com; M.A.C. Nail Lacquer in Submerged, $18, maccosmetics.com; CK One Long Wear + Shine Nail Color in Sea Glass, $14, ulta.com; Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel in Dealer’s Choice, $8, walgreens.com; Zoya Nail Polish in Dillon, $9, zoya.com.
Blues, from top: Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer in New Wave, $18, sephora.com; Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture in Bleu Cyclades, $27, yslbeautyus.com; SpaRitual Nail Lacquer in Navigate, $12, sparitual.com; Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Searsucker, $8, sallyhansen.com; Essie Nail Color in I’m Addicted, $9, essie.com.
Grays, from top: Sally Hansen Satin Glam Nail Color in Silk Onyx, $6, sallyhansen.com; Dior Vernis Gel Shine & Long Wear Nail Lacquer in Metal Montaigne, $25, dior.com; OPI Nail Lacquer in My Signature Is “DC”, nailsave.com; $9. Morgan Taylor Nail Lacquer in Oh Snap, It’s Silver!, $9, amazon.com; Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Eastern Light, $27, chanel.com.
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