11 Pedicure Colors You Need to Try This Summer
Sandal season is officially here.
Ah, summer. It's the time of year where you spend twice as long standing in front of the nail polish wall at the salon because you're getting a manicure and a pedicure — so you have to pick two shades instead of one.
When considering your pedicure color options, bright shades like red, pink, and coral will always have a moment during the summer. But this year, neon yellow, icy blue, and pastel lilac are also big trends.
Speaking of nails, while it's important to choose the right color, proper cuticle care will make any at-home pedicure look even better. So if you're painting your toes at home, use a treatment to hydrate the skin around the nails to give your DIY pedicure a salon finish.
With sandal season almost upon us, we turned to top manicurists and nail experts to find out what colors to paint on your toes this year.
Ahead, the nine best pedicure colors for summer 2021.
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Coral: Suite Eleven Nail Lacquer in Watermelanin
"For nail lovers who are torn in the middle, coral hues like Watermelanin are the perfect medium," says Arieal "Ari" Smith Liburd, founder & CEO of Suite Eleven. "Think of it like your favorite accessory that you can dress up or down."
To shop: $13; suiteleven.com
Nearly Nude: FOR TMRW Nail Polish in For Later
"Every girl needs a complimentary nude and this For Tmrw shade is perfect for our everyday enthusiasts," Smith Liburd shares. "Not into anything too loud? For Later is your go-to for a calm, 'cool down' pedi."
To shop: $18; fortmrw.co
Hot Pink: China Glaze Nail Lacquer With Hardeners in Rose Among Thorns
"It's a vivid pink that instantly makes me think of summer. It's the perfect pink for all skin tones," Mimi D, celebrity manicurist and nail artist, says of China Glaze's hot pink nail polish.
To shop: $8; macys.com
Lovely Lilac: JINSoon Nail Polish in Ube
One of Jin Soon Choi's top pedicure color picks for spring is Ube, a lilac shade from her namesake nail polish line. "It's a pastel purple that feels subtle yet fresh, and it's a shade that compliments every skin tone," the editorial manicurist says.
To shop: $18; jinsoon.com
Highlighter Yellow: Nails Inc. Naked In Neon Nail Polish in Knightriders Street
If you really want to make your toes pop, Mimi D is a fan of this neon yellow Nails Inc. shade. "It's a super bright neon yellow that's perfect for summer toes," the manicurist shares. "It screams 'I'm ready for the beach or the pool.'"
To buy: $8; target.com
Off White: essie Nail Polish in Get Oasis
"This color from the spring collection perfection captures the milky white nail trend, but adds a little je ne sais quoi with a pearly gold effect," Rita Remark, essie global lead educator and nail artist. "It's a white that will never look like liquid paper."
To shop: $9; walmart.com
Icy Blue: OPI Nail Lacquer in Gelato On My Mind
"While we typically think soft pinks and purples when it comes to pastel shades, this is an icy- cool pale blue that pairs perfectly against any sunny backdrop," says Sigourney Nuñez, LA-based nail artist and OPI education manager.
To shop: $9; target.com
A Hit of Lime: essie Expressie Quick Dry Nail Color in We Don't Mesh
"Lime green polish is the bold trend color for the season, Remark shares. "I love this particular shade because it's a perfect lemon-lime, with a hint of shimmer."
To shop: $9; amazon.com
Juicy Orange: JINsoon Nail polish in Hope
"This creamsicle orange is the perfect joyful accent for spring," says Choi. We'd have to agree.
To shop: $18; jinsoon.com
Bubblegum Pink: Jessie Monroe Nail Polish in Send Nudes
Looking for the perfect transitional shade to take you through to summer? Try Jessie Monroe's soft bubblegum pink nail polish. "Nothing says spring like the perfect pastel pink and this is it," says Mimi D.
To shop: $12; jessiemonroenailcare.com
Minty Fresh: OPI Nail Lacquer in How Does Your Zen Garden Grow?
"This pastel minty green shade offers a sense of calm while still dipping your toes into the softly muted color trend," Nuñez explains.
To shop: $7; beyondpolish.com