Summer's Hottest Nail Shades |

Summer's Hottest Nail Shades

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Finally it’s time to ditch those deep berry and classic nude nail shades in favour of something summer-ready.

For SS16, pastel shades are taking centre stage once again, after the likes of Versace and Rebecca Minkoff embraced fun and feminine talons on the runway. Wondering which light and bright hues to try? Here are six of the coolest colours of the season...


Girly but grown-up, marshmallow shades will pop perfectly against tanned skin. Just remember any imperfections will be highlighted, so precision is a must (as well as a protective top coat).

Tra La La Nail Polish, £19 | Dior 

Daisy Nail Polish, £15 | Marc Jacobs

La Laque Couture Lasting Nail Polish, £19 | YSL Beauty  




More directional than pink, soft violet screams cool confidence. Keep this look sophisticated enough for the office by sticking to a neat nail shape – in our eyes, the ‘squoval’ never fails.

Please Principle Nail Polish, £18 | Deborah Lippmann

Duke Street NailKale Nail Polish, £14 | Nails Inc.

French Affair Nail Polish, £10.95 | Essie




Sky blue hues work with myriad outfits – we’ll use this shade to jazz up otherwise neutral summer event looks, from all-white tailoring to navy dresses.

Salt Water Happy Nail Polish, £7.99 | Essie

Blue Orchid Nail Polish, £16 | Deborah Lippmann

Borrowed & Blue, £10.95 | Essie




Light greens are fresh, fun and uber-hot for SS16 – perfect for casual weekends, festival looks and your big beach break.

Nail Lacquer Yellow & Greens Collective In Sellout, £5 | Red Carpet Manicure

Skyler Nail Polish, £14 | Eve Snow London

Nail Polish In Keppel, £15 | Jin Soon




From softer sunset shades to palest lemon, yellow talons won’t fail to make an impact, particularly on darker skin tones. 

Nail Lacquer Yellow & Greens Collection In Only In Hollywood, £5 | Red Carpet Manicure

Nail Polish In Zuma Beach Bum, £11 | Lauren B Beauty

Nail Veil In Bamboo, £14.50 | Illamasqua  




The epitome of sunshine in a bottle, this long-time summer shade will never go out of style, popping perfectly on hands and toes alike.

NailKale Polish In Marylebone High Street, £14 | Nails Inc

Nail Lacquer Oranges & Browns Collection, £5 | Red Carpet Manicure

Nail Polish In C107, £14 | RMK


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