Summer Nail Colors
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The Best Nail Polish Colors for Summer 2022

Take a summer vacation from your go-to shade.
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Out of all the seasons, summer offers the best opportunity to step outside your go-to beauty routine, whether it's through a pretty rose lipstick to replace your usual nude or a bright nail color to don with your open-toed sandals. There's no better time to tap into your bright side than when beach days and lake trips are on the horizon. From freshened-up takes on classic neutral to colorful pigmented shades just waiting to make a splash, these nail colors are ready to take on summer 2022 on both your fingers and toes.

See the our favorite summer nail colors to serve as your next salon—or at-home manicure—inspiration below.

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Olive & June "Angelfish"

Be as calm and bright as a cloudless summer day with this opaque, creamy, icy blue.

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This toasted sand color is a summery neutral that updates your usual go-to.

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OPI "15 Minutes of Flame"

It's hard to resist this fuchsia pink from OPI's Hollywood collection. It's got just a touch of pearlescent shimmer.

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Inspired by romantic soft hues, Essie's spring 2022 collection featured this dreamy muted pastel coral shade for your nails. 

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Olive & June "Strawberry Scone"

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Gucci "Dorothy Turquoise"

This minty haint blue has us feeling ready for a breezy porch hang on the Southern coast.

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Sally Hansen "Soak At Sunset"

This metallic coral-orange is almost as awe-inducing as a beach sunset. 

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OPI "Hollywood & Vibe"

If you're a Ballet Slippers or Bubble Bath fan, this bright pastel pink puts a little extra oomph into the classic shade for summertime. 

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Essie Gel Couture "Rock the Runway"

Get festive for the Fourth of July barbecue with a classic red.

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Zoya "Abby"

A soft lavender should be in everyone's nail kit, and you won't find a more perfectly creamy, opaque version than this one. 

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OPI "You Had Me at Halo"

Choose something out-of-the-box with this pearlescent purple-blue nail polish.

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This marshmallow white looks just as good with one coat as three coats, depending on if you prefer a more transparent or opaque look.

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Try out a new goes-with-anything baby pink with this flattering shade.

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This denim blue is a unique choice for summer. 

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