9 Trendiest Summer Nail Color Ideas to Try Now

Here’s your cue to try something completely new.

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Nails are basically a fun accessory, and keeping them buffed, filed, and polished with a trendy summer hue is one of the easiest ways to lean into the zeitgeist. To help you decide which summer nail color to try next, we reached out to nail artists who have their beautifully painted fingers on the pulse of the top summer nail colors of 2022. May all your upcoming rosé-toasting pics be pure perfection.

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Bottega Green


A huge color trend for the summer and beyond is Bottega green, the signature hue of heritage fashion brand Bottega Veneta. If you're unfamiliar, it's a striking kelly green meets emerald that gives major fresh-cut grass vibes. Chaun Legend, the artist in residence for Lottie London, coined the term. He tells us, "The color is super-versatile with its warmth and familiarity."

To buy: The Gel Bottle Bottega ($19; thegelbottle.us).

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Sky Blue


Sky blue nail polish is enjoying a summer '22 resurgence, and the fact that it matches clear summer skies makes it a perfect pick for the season. "Sky blue is so bold that even if it doesn't match your look, it'll still work because it's such an extreme pop of color," says celebrity nail artist Sonya Belakhlef.

To buy: Orly Rinse & Repeat ($10.50; ulta.com).

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Shimmery Turquoise


And now for a summer 2022 nail color that delivers a little bit of green and blue: retro-inspired turquoise. "Y2K is all the rage right now," says Deborah Lippmann, founder of the eponymous nail lacquer line. "Who doesn't love a turquoise with some silver shimmer to accompany any and all the velvet tracksuits?"

To buy: Deborah Lippmann Galaxy Far Far Away ($20; nordstrom.com).

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"This color is a great summer shade because it's bright without being neon and mimics the vibe of white without being so stark," notes Nina Park, nail educator and founder of Scratch. She adds, "This color has been so great during the French tip trend because it's different but doesn't stray too far from the original."

To buy: Deco Miami Frenchie ($12; deco.miami).

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Neon Pink


Neon pink is a recurring summer nail color trend, but if splashy hues appeal over subtle colors, give the neon French tip trend a go. "Classics are classics for a reason: They never go out of style," says Legend. "But adding a playful and modern twist to a classic creates a new trend altogether."

To buy: Cote No. 113 Neon Pink Nail Polish ($18; coteshop.co)

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Sheer Gold Shimmer


You can't go wrong with a sheer, golden-y shimmer hue on your nails for summer 2022. "It's low-maintenance, warm and versatile, and shines bright no matter the light," says Belakhlef. She adds, "You can refresh any base color you have on with a sheer gold topper to completely change your nail look."

To buy: Cirque Colors Moonbeam ($12.50; cirquecolors.com).

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Bright Orange-y Pink


For a summer nail polish color that serves juicy popsicle, look no further than bright orange-y pink. "This shade of pink is everything we want out of summer: warmth, brightness, and a little bit of excitement," says Park. "I think everyone is looking to feel a little brighter this summer, and this color looks amazing on all skin tones!"

To buy: Orly Blazing Sunset ($10.50, ulta.com).

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When you're ready to swap out your neon tips or Bottega green nail polish for something more subdued, reach for a shade of brown that complements your skin tone. "Brown is seeing a huge moment right now because it's easy to wear, but still stands out as an unorthodox summertime hue," says Park. "It's neutral, but so great to use as a full mani or to create swoopy, checkered, or negative space nail art."

To buy: Zoya Dea ($12; zoya.com).

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Pearl Shimmer

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"If you're a nude nail color type of girl, this color will give you the sparkle and shine with a nude undertone that goes well with every outfit," says Lippmann. Think of pearl shimmer as a way to dabble into the galactic trend without going full outer space. It also has a chilled air of sophistication that'll be perfect for whatever summer events coming up.

To buy: essie expressie FX Quick-Dry Vegan Nail Polish in Iced Out ($8.50; amazon.com).

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