8 Manicure and Pedicure Nail Polish Pairings to Consider this Summer

Celebrity manicurists share this season's hottest color combos.

Person with matching nude manicure and pedicure
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The best summer pedicure ideas aren't just about what nail polish will look good on your toes. They should also consider what color(s) will best complement your manicure. Of course, figuring out the best nail polish color combinations is more of an art than a science. So to help us out, we tapped top celebrity manicurists to share some of their favorite summer shade pairings. Ahead, we're rounding up eight mani-pedi polish ideas to consider for your upcoming nail appointment.

01 of 08

Beige and Neon

Chanel nude nail polish; Chanel magenta nail polish

"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 ($32 each; chanel.com).

02 of 08

Simple Pastels

Olive & June peach nail polish; Dear Sundays light blue nail polish

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 ($9; oliveandjune.com) and Sundays Nail Polish in No.34 ($18; dearsundays.com).

03 of 08

Color Blocking

Jinsoon yellow nail polish; Dior coral nail polish

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).

04 of 08

Mint and Silver

Orosa teal nail polish; OPI silver nail polish

"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).

05 of 08

Shades of Blue

Sally Hanson light blue nail polish; Essie blue nail polish

"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 ($10; ulta.com) and Essie Nail Lacquer in Juicy Details ($9; essie.com).

06 of 08

Complimentary Tones

Cote lavender nail polish; Orly purple nail polish

"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) and Orly Nail Lacquer in Synthetic Symphony ($11; orlybeauty.com).

07 of 08

Ocean Shades

Pear Nova nude nail polish; OPI metallic blue nail polish

"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).

08 of 08

Warm and Sunny

Deborah Lippmann nude and red gel nail polish

"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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