The Best Nail Polish Colors for Summer 2022

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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.

OPI "Hue Is The Artist?"

OPI Hue Is The Artist
Ulta

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

BUY IT: $10.50; amazon.com

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; oliveandjune.com

Essie Expressie "Strong at 1%"

Essie Expressie Strong at One Percent
Target

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

BUY IT: $8.99; target.com

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; oliveandjune.com

OPI "15 Minutes of Flame"

Summer Nail Colors
Essie

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; amazon.com

Essie "Spring Awakening"

Essie Spring Awakening
Essie

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

BUY IT: $9; ulta.com

OPI "My Chihuahua Doesn't Bite Anymore"

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

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

BUY IT: $13; amazon.com

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; oliveandjune.com

Gucci "Dorothy Turquoise"

Gucci Nail Color
Sephora

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

BUY IT: $30; sephora.com

Sally Hansen "Soak At Sunset"

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail Polish in Soak At Sunset
Ulta

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

BUY IT: $6.99; walmart.com

OPI "Hollywood & Vibe"

Easter Nail Colors
OPI

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; amazon.com

Essie Gel Couture "Rock the Runway"

Essie Rock the Runway
Essie

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

BUY IT: $11.99; target.com

Zoya "Abby"

Zoya Nail Polish
Ulta

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; ulta.com

Smith & Cult "Fosse Fingers"

Smith and Cult Fosse Fingers
Dermstore.com

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

BUY IT: $18; amazon.com

OPI "You Had Me at Halo"

OPI Spring Nail Color
OPI

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

BUY IT: $10; walmart.com

Smith & Cult "Cool Your Jets"

Smith & Cult Cool Your Jets
Amazon

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; amazon.com

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; oliveandjune.com

Essie Expressie "Air Dry"

Essie Air Dry
Target

This denim blue is a unique choice for summer.

BUY IT: $8.99; target.com

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