The Best New Hues for Summer Manicures

We love a dramatic fall/winter mani, but when hot weather hits, it often calls for colour that’s a bit brighter, and a bit more playful. Here are 12 of our favourites new summer shades (some of them limited-edition). These juicy hues will match your mood… and your shoes, and your swimsuit, and your sundresses… we could go on.

The Corals: For those who live in rich, red hues, coral is a lively summer alternative. It’s still rather tame for work, but looks fresh and playful for happy-hour cocktails.

Dior Colour and Dots Manicure Kit in 002, $38

Nails Inc. Coconut Brights Gel Effect Collection in Charlotte Villas, $17

OPI Retro Summer Collection in I’m Getting a Tan-gerine, $12 at Shoppers Drug Mart


The Pinks: Whether you opt for petal pink or neon, pink is a cheerful classic that works best in sunnier seasons. It’s fun for work, great for vacation, and looks vibrant next to the sparkling water when you’re poolside.

Clé de Peau Beauté Nail Lacquer in Hot Pink, $35

Formula X #ColorCurators: Ballet Beautiful Edition in Lilac Fairy, $16

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noir Deliciously Shiny Nail Lacquer in 063 Pink Button, $27


The Greens: Weekends call for excitement. A minty pastel hue looks flattering against pale skin or tanned, and suits summer wardrobes well. And though it’s unexpected in summertime, a deep, glistening emerald green is the height of chic for a summer 2016 garden party.

Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-ShineNail Polish in Good Friday, $22

CND Vinylux Weekly Polish in 220 Aqua-intance, $10.50

Chanel Le Vernis in 536 Émeraude, $32


The Neutrals: Even the shy can shake up summer manicures with outside-the-box neutrals. Chanel’s burnished chocolate shade looks chic with an all-white outfit, and YSL’s metallic Savage Pink dries with a sandy, matte finish that resembles the sparkle of pink rhodonite stones in the sunlight.

Burberry Nail Polish in Mink N.105, $23

YSL La Laque Couture in 71 Savage Pink, $29

Chanel Le Vernis in 526 Cavalière, $32



Feature image by Paula Winkler