Kristin Magaldi
Updated June 11, 2020
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We’ve officially made it to days of warmer weather, which means it’s time to transition our beauty picks from the deeper, darker colors of winter into some bold and bright palettes. No matter what this summer is going to look like for you, a positive refresh of even small details like your nail polish can help you embrace the longer days and shorter nights. According to Rebecca Isa, the creative director of ZOYA, changing up your nail color can help boost your mood and offer up summer feels even when you’re indoors.

“Summer 2020 comes during serious challenges,” she notes, which means fun and easy styles are great options for mood-lifting. Isa recommends having a few go-to shades to cycle through during the season to give your look something extra.

To get more insight on what colors and brands you should be sporting this season, HelloGiggles talked to nail experts across the industry. These are their recommendations.

Nails.INC Freshly Juiced Duo

Shop it! $15, Sephora.com

What screams summer more than a bright pink or orange? Lisa Logan, Nails.INc’s consulting manicurist, is obsessed with the brand’s new fruity duo pack for some sunny hues. “The shades in Nails.INC’s new Freshly Juiced Duo is perfect for warmer weather,” Logan tells HelloGiggles. “The formulas are infused with vitamin C and feature fun watermelon and citrus scents.”

OPI Coral-ing Your Spirit Animal

OPI

Shop it! $13, Amazon.com

Sigourney Nunez, OPI’s North America Education Manager, agrees that summer is the perfect time to flaunt fruit-inspired polishes, so that’s why she’s opting for this OPI pick. “Coral-ing Your Spirit Animal” from OPI’s Spring 2020 Mexico City collection is a beautiful creamy cantaloupe shade,” she tells HelloGiggles. “It has a soft undertone of a bright orange, making this shade versatile as it is a bit pastel, but it’s punchy, too. It’s beautiful and energizing.”

OPI “Hue Is The Artist?”

OPI

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For something a little more subtle, Nunez suggests OPI’s “Hue Is The Artist?” “The shade is an opaque white with a hint of pale lavender,” she says. It’s perfect when you’re craving just a teeny drop of color.

Essie “Lilacism”

Essie

Shop it! $8.89, Amazon.com

Rita Remark, Essie’s global lead educator, is moving toward pastels this season, and she recommends one of the brand’s classic shades: “Lilacism.” “I never tire of it; purple and violet polishes have become a surprise hit this summer, and I intend on participating,” she says.

ORLY Lacquer in “Oh Snap”

Orly

Shop it! $9.50, OrlyBeauty.com

Brittany Boyce, consulting nail artist for ORLY, isn’t going for the shy and retiring nail shade; she wants something bold, like ORLY's 'Oh Snap' shade. “I love this bright, almost neon yellow as it’s like sunshine captured on your nails,” Boyce says. “You can’t help but smile when you see it.” If you don’t want to wear sunglasses when looking at your nails, Boyce also says this color can be used for minimal nail art designs that feature a lot of negative space.

ORLY Lacquer in “First Kiss”

Orly

Shop it! $9.50, OrlyBeauty.com

Boyce also notes that nudes are on-trend for Summer 2020 and make for the perfect color choice for those still perfecting the at-home manicure. She recommends her favorite nude, the ORLY 'First Kiss' nail polish. “With a good nude, your nails look put together, and it’s harder to spot any streaks or mistakes,” she says.

JINsoon “Dotty” Nail Polish

JINsoon

Shop it! $18, Amazon.com

For a funky nail look that goes beyond a single color, Jin Soon Choi, manicurist and founder of JINSoon, recommends JINsoon “Dotty”. She says to apply it to clean nails for a “negative space nail art illusion” and pair it with a bright pedicure.

LeChat Nail Polish in “Bride To Be”

LeChat

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Celebrity nail artist Elle says she’s keeping things neutral this summer and opting for a low-maintenance color. “I always gravitate towards a light color for a manicure,” she tells HelloGiggles. “I’m wearing LeChat ‘Beauty Bride To Be,’ which is a very sheer shade that I love.”

Dior Nail Lacquer in “Massai”

Dior

Shop it! $28, Nordstrom.com

Stephanie Ivonne, licensed esthetician and board advisor at Smart Style Today, says why go for a light, pale pink when you can rock a red that can be seen from a mile away? She tells HelloGiggles that Dior Nail Lacquer in the shade Massai will be her go-to this season. “This color is very sexy, and red hues never go out of style,” Ivonne explains. “You’re able to create the appearance of a gel manicure with this ‘gel effect’ polish that leaves you with a long-lasting, chip-free manicure lasting you up to 10 days.”

Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Longwear Polish in “Shade Sure Thing”

Revlon

Shop it! $3.35, Amazon.com

If you’re looking for something clean and tidy, celebrity manicurist Mar Y Sol suggests this affordable shade from Revlon. “‘Sure Thing’ is a glossy white that screams summer beach babe and looks great on all skin tones,” she notes. And it matches just about anything.