8 Manicure and Pedicure Nail Polish Pairings to Consider this Summer

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If you're one of those people that stands in front of the nail polish wall at the salon for 10 minutes before picking a shade, we get it: All of the options can be overwhelming.

Your nail polish possibilities are even more endless during the summer when pedicures are thrown into the mix. When you're trying to figure out a shade to paint your toes that will also complement the one that's going on your fingers, it can be tough to know where to start. That's why we turned to top celebrity manicurists to narrow down some of the best manicure and pedicure color combinations to try for summer.

Keep scrolling for eight nail polish pairings to consider for your upcoming mani/pedi appointments.

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Beige and Neon

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"Beiges and neons are the biggest trends for summer and they were all over the runways," says celebrity manicurist Ashlie Johnson. "I've been loving an opaque shade on the hands paired with an amazing fluorescent tone on the toes."

TRY: Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Blanc White and Energy ($28 each; chanel.com).

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Simple Pastels

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Aren't a fan of bright colors? "You can't go wrong with pastel nails," says manicurist Ji Baek. One word of wisdom? "Cooler tones like greens and blues do look best on the feet while warmer tones like peach and pink work on hands."

TRY: Olive & June Nail Polish in Wild & Free ($8; oliveandjune.com) and Sundays Nail Polish in No.34 ($18; dearsundays.com).

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Color Blocking

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If you like the idea of color-blocking, but aren't ready to test-drive it with your clothing, try it on your nails instead. Baek recommends pairing lemon yellow with coral or violet and deep navy.

TRY: JINsoon Nail Polish in Tweety ($18; jinsoon.com) and Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer in Mirage ($28).

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Mint and Silver

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"Pairing a full coverage, opaque shade with a silvery shimmer gives your look an overall edge," says celebrity manicurist Jenna Hipp. "When worn together, these two shades have a vintage-y feel that's still somehow futuristic."

TRY: Orosa Pure Cover Nail Paint in Splash ($12; orosabeauty.com) and OPI Nail Lacquer in Happy Anniversary ($11; ulta.com).

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Shades of Blue

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"In the summer, I like to give my clients something fun on the toes and maybe even go a little overboard," says celebrity manicurist Lisa Logan. "The fingertips should subtly hint at the color that's on the feet."

TRY: Sally Hansen Good. Kind. Pure Nail Color in Crystal Blue ($9; ulta.com) and Essie Nail Lacquer in Juicy Details ($9).

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Complimentary Tones

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"A great way to freshen up your nails for summer is to ditch the matching mani/pedi duo for two different, but related, colors," says celebrity manicurist April Foreman. "I prefer the darker shade on the toes, but honestly, anything goes."

TRY: Côte Nail Polish in No.83 ($18; coteshop.co) and Orly Nail Lacquer in Synthetic Symphony ($10; orlybeauty.com).

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Ocean Shades

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"Try a sheer, sandy hue on the hands and let the toes do all the talking with a deep, sea blue," says Hipp. "Both shades look best in direct sunlight, which is all the more reason to hit the beach."

TRY: Pear Nova Classic Lacquer in Frida Be Free ($14; pearnova.com) and OPI Nail Lacquer in Duomo Days, Isola Nights ($11; ulta.com).

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Warm and Sunny

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"Taking a risk this time of year is really important," says manicurist Deborah Lippmann. "Try a brighter shade and you might be surprised how happy it makes you." Instead of classic ballet pink, she suggests going with beige on the fingers, and bright orange or red toes.

TRY: Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Nail Polish in Naked and It's Raining Men ($20 each; deborahlippmann.com).

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