When it comes to nails, nothing is off limits this summer. Trying the season's fab new polish colors and styles is an easy, affordable way to be right on trend. And if you don't like it? Just take it off and start over.
From neon pink to super glittery shades, the hottest nail trends will keep you looking super-cool this summer even when the temperatures reach triple-digits.
No need to be a shrinking violet. Embrace your love affair with purple thanks to shades ranging from a magnificent lavender color (Illamasqua Jo'mina) to an affordable boysenberry hue (Dream On by Sinful Colors). Illamasqua Jo'mina, available at Sephora, $14; Sinful Colors Dream On, $1.99, available at Target, Walgreens and other drugstores.
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If you have brittle nails and choose to play it safe with the chemicals, go for Dr.'s Remedy's Grateful Grape ($17, www.remedynails.com). A traditional purple color with a bit of shimmer, this polish has received the seal of approval from the American Podiatric Medical Association thanks to its lack of harmful toxins.
Pretty in pink
Does pink really ever go out of style? We think not. For summer, we love OPI's new Holland Collection. Kiss Me on My Tulips (a hot pink) and Pedal Faster Suzi (a shimmery pale pink) look great on tanned fingers and toes. Available at Target, Ulta and Sephora stores, both $8.50.
So, you're thrilled the '80s and all of its fashion disasters (think lace gloves and big hair) are behind you. Well that doesn't mean you need to leave all of it in the past. Neon nails are fun, bright as the sunshine and not permanent. From Melt Your Popsicle (neon orange) and Glowstick (neon yellow) to Skinny Dip (neon blue) and Dayglow (white with a pearly shimmer), Orly's Feel the Vibe collection lets you embrace your wild side, so get glowing. Available at Ulta, $8.
Bring on the bling
Sally Hansen's glittery Gem Crush colors turn your fingers and toes into disco balls. With eight glitter colors from which to choose, you can coordinate your nails with nearly every sundress in your wardrobe. With fun names like Bling-tastic (aquamarine), Be-Jeweled (purple), Lady Luck (magenta) and Razzle Dazzler (pink), you'll have a clever answer when someone asks about your nails. Available at Target, Walmart and drugtores, $6.24.
Shades of coral look good on anyone, from a fair-skinned redhead to an olive-skinned brunette. That's why these colors, from Aussie brand Becca Cosmetics, are your summer go-to for a polish that you can wear all season long. Choose from Tangerine Dream (bright coral), Dancing Barefoot (light apricot) or Summerdaze (melon). Available at www.beccacosmetics.com or www.dermstore.com, $15.
For the girl on the go
Are you too impatient to let your digits dry, resulting in smudged nails? Fret no more. Sally Hansen's Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips offer a combination of zero drying time with a fancy-manicure-from-the salon look. Simply peel these tiny strips and apply them to your fingernails. They come in dozens of classic colors and fun prints like zebra and floral. Available at Walmart, Target and Ulta, $8.50