14 Summer Nail Colors That Make Warm Weather Even Better

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Believe it or not, the moment to transition from spring nail colors to the brighter hues of summer is just around the corner. To get ready, we turned to Nina Park—an expert nail artist with a cult following on Instagram—for her advice on the trendy hues we can expect to see everywhere in summer 2020. From a modern twist on whites to wear with your go-to sneakers to a dusty blue that will compliment your beach tote, these 16 summer nail colors will be a welcome addition to your cute warm weather outfits.

Hue is the Artist?

Are you a white nails in the summer kind of gal? Give this new colorway from OPI a try. “This is the palest lavender shade I’ve seen recently,” says nail artist Nina Park, “and it’s definitely a new twist on the classic white summer polish.”

Limited Addiction

It’s about to be a red hot summer! If you’re still searching for that perfect go-to rouge, this particular Essie shade is a universally flattering one, according to Park. “It’s a classic red that’s slightly blue-toned and will pair well with any skin tone,” she says.

My Chihuahua Doesn’t Bite Anymore

Looking forward to another hot girl summer? “This red-leaning orange is bright enough to get you into vacation mode without being neon,” says Park. Wear it on a fun girls trip, a romantic summer date night, or while hitting the beach.


Perfect for a french manicure or worn on its own, this sheer polish is a classic alternative to the opaque whites you’ll often see in the summer season.

Don’t Tell a Sol

Ditch the neon yellows of years past and upgrade to this perfectly balanced yellow that offers a major summer mood. “This a pale yellow that doesn’t go on overly sweet or vibrant, so it reminds me of hazy summer days and relaxing afternoons,” says Park. 

Grabs The Unicorn By The Horn

According to Park, dusty blues are going to be everywhere this season and this shade delivers the perfect nail salon-level coverage in just two coats. “It has a bit of a jelly consistency, so it feels more dimensional than a creme polish,” adds Park.

Mi Casa Es Blue Casa

Blues are officially in! Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2020 is “Classic Blue,” and this rich shade from OPI is bound to stay vibrant thanks to its “infinite shine” formula.

Never, Never Land Gel Lab Pro Nail Color

“Think BB creme for your nails!” says Park about this translucent pastel that will instantly give you a natural look. Plus, the gel lab pro edition delivers the gloss and lasting power of a gel manicure, without the price or trip to the salon.

Cloud Nine

“Holographic finishes have been everywhere lately,” Park shares. “This rosy holographic polish packs a punch when it’s out in sunlight, so it’s perfect for the summer!” Call it the new rose gold.


“This cool-toned gray polish is a great palette cleanser to all the bright shades of summer,” recommends Park. So if you just need a reset, this cool, creamy neutral will flatter all skin tones.

Girl Gang

Forget the subtle pastel lilac of the past and try this bright version of the trendy shade. Color Club’s lacquer packs a punch and looks especially vibrant on darker skin tones.

A Little Lovely

A romantic take on glitter, this translucent sparkly pink and gold shade from Smith & Cult is a must-try. The clear base means your natural nail will peek through, but you can also layer it over another color for extra pizzaz.

Coral-ing Your Spirit Animal

“I love using this shade for floral manicures to add the perfect romantic touch,” shares Park. So whether you’re doing a little DYI nail art or just looking for a coral shade that will look perfect after sunbathing in your favorite swimsuit, this OPI shade belongs in your collection.

Source: oprahmag (By Monica Chon and Celia Fernandez)


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