The Best Nail Polish Colors for Summer 2022

Take a summer vacation from your go-to shade.

Summer Nail Colors
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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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OPI "Hue Is The Artist?"

OPI Hue Is The Artist

One editor cannot stop raving about this new neutral shade that's beating out Funny Bunny in her book.

BUY IT: $10.50;

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Olive & June "Angelfish"

Easter Nail Colors
Olive and June

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

BUY IT: $9;

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Essie Expressie "Strong at 1%"

Essie Expressie Strong at One Percent

This quick-dry shade is the ultimate orange for summer fun to come.

BUY IT: $8.99;

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Olive & June "MM"

Olive and June MM
Olive & June

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

BUY IT: $9;

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OPI "15 Minutes of Flame"

Summer Nail Colors

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

BUY IT: $10.50;

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Essie "Spring Awakening"

Essie Spring Awakening

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

BUY IT: $9;

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OPI "My Chihuahua Doesn't Bite Anymore"

OPI Infinite Shine Nail Polish in My Chihuahua Doesn’t Bite Anymore

This update on a legendary OPI shade is the ideal color if you love making a bright, colorful statement.

BUY IT: $13;

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Olive & June "Strawberry Scone"

Olive & June Strawberry Scone
Olive & June

Olive & June's collection—inspired by afternoon tea—includes a barely-there sheer pink that's bound to become a favorite at-home mani staple.

BUY IT: $9;

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Gucci "Dorothy Turquoise"

Gucci Nail Color

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

BUY IT: $30;

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Sally Hansen "Soak At Sunset"

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail Polish in Soak At Sunset

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

BUY IT: $6.99;

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OPI "Hollywood & Vibe"

Easter Nail Colors

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.

BUY IT: $10.50;

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Essie Gel Couture "Rock the Runway"

Essie Rock the Runway

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

BUY IT: $11.99;

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Zoya "Abby"

Zoya Nail Polish

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

BUY: $12;

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Smith & Cult "Fosse Fingers"

Smith and Cult Fosse Fingers

Whether it's your jewelry or your nail polish color, rose gold feels right for summer.

BUY IT: $18;

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OPI "You Had Me at Halo"

OPI Spring Nail Color

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

BUY IT: $10;

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Smith & Cult "Cool Your Jets"

Smith & Cult Cool Your Jets

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

BUY IT: $18;

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Olive & June "GH"

GH by Olive & June
Olive & June

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

BUY IT: $9;

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Essie Expressie "Air Dry"

Essie Air Dry

This denim blue is a unique choice for summer.

BUY IT: $8.99;

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