My Top Nail Picks for the Summer

Summer is the season for color… and it’s the most unforgiving on poorly manicured hands and feet. Step up your color game with these must-have shades and always get the conversation started.


Awesome Orange

Sizzling hot! The most vibrant and energetic shade in our round-up, orange packs a punch and is synonymous with the fun and cheeriness of the sunniest of season. From pastel-y tones to more Longhorn-esque maroons, orange is a color that works well on many levels (especially to complement a really bold handbag!).


  1. Nail Color by Deborah Lippman in ‘Lara’ Theme.’
  2. ‘Ginger Fire’ Nail Lacquer by Tom Ford Beauty.
  3. Essie nail polish in ‘Clambake’.


Copper Tones

It takes guts to pull off metallics, but shimmering nails are always attention-grabbing. It’s only natural to crave a coppery tone, given our instant obsession with bronzing as soon as summer rolls in. Give it a try for a very special date, matched with sleek little black dress, or complement a busy print while pool-side lounging with these gorgeous hues.


  1. Chanel Long Wear Color in ‘Cavaliere’.
  2. Enamored High-Gloss Nail Polish by Marc Jacobs in ‘Le Charm’.
  3. Limited Edition Nail Polish, Runway Edition by Giorgio Armani.


Piña Colada

Drink up the sun with these super preppy tones. These are amazingly beautiful on dark skins and can range from pastel to mustard-y options. Yellow reminds us of drinks on the beach and picnics, so step out of the comfort zone and embrace this cheery shade (pun intended).


  1. O.P.I. Nail Lacquer in ‘Towel Me About It’.
  2. ‘Cheers’ by butter LONDON.
  3. Formula X Nail Polish in Buttery Yellow.


Tickled Pink

We’ll never get tired of pink. It’s feminine, it’s chic and it’s timeless. It’s not just for Barbie, though. With the right nail shape and color combo it can be just as edgy as any other hue, and when manicured properly, it’s can restore youth to most women. This color is universally loved, as it works well year-round and with most skin types. When in doubt, you can NOT go wrong with a pretty shade of pink.


  1. Smith & Cult Nail Polish in ‘Basis of Everything’.
  2. ‘Tres Decollete’ from the Nudes Collection by Christian Louboutin.
  3. Guerlain Color Lacquer in ‘Baby Rose’.