The Best Coral Nail Shades
The Best Coral Nail Shades

The Best Coral Nail Shades

We love a coral nail at this time of year – vibrant and playful, the orangey-pink hue works well against bronzed summer skin. Here, we asked six manicurists to tell us which shades they think are the most universally flattering.
By Orin Carlin
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Image: @PAINTEDBYJOOLS

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Le Vernis Nail Colour In 121 - Première Dame, £29 | Chanel

Rated by: Georgia Rae, @RaeLondonNails

“Première Dame is an almost neon coral – perfect worn alone or as a summer French tip. The formula is so pigmented, even one coat will give your strong, even coverage and gel-like shine.”

Available at Chanel.com


Gemini Nourishing Nail Polish In Spring Splash, £12 | Bio Sculpture

Rated By: Alyx Lippiatt, @AlyxLippiatt

“Spring Splash has a redder tone to it, which makes it flattering on lots of different skin tones. The consistency is spot on, so it applies really smoothly. I love how vibrant it is.”

Available at BioSculpture.co.uk

Green Natural Nail Polish In Bird Of Paradise, £14 | Manucurist

Rated By: Alyx Lippiatt, @AlyxLippiatt

“This shade is a light, pink-toned coral and I love it on darker skin tones. It’s very quick to dry – essential for regular nail polish – and the formula isn’t at all streaky. It applies like a dream in just two coats.”

Available at UK.Manucurist.com


Nail Polish In Twiggy, £8.99 | Peacci

Rated By: Lois Elias, @PolishedByLolo

“Twiggy is the ultimate summer shade, delivering an instant injection of colour. It really enhances a golden tan and is full of pigment, meaning it’s streak-free in just two coats. It’s one of my must-haves for holiday pedicures.”

Available at TheGelBottle.com


Gel Polish In Sunkissed, £14.99 | Glossify

Rated By: Ellie O’Hara, @ByEleanorOHara

“Sunkissed – from Glossify’s new Summer Nights collection – is a gorgeous deeper coral. It would suit everyone, but I especially love it on darker skin tones. It’s really vibrant, but still wearable.”

Available at Glossify.co.uk

Gemini Nourishing Nail Polish In Poco Pop, £12 | Bio Sculpture

Rated By: Leah Parr, @ByLeah.X

“Poco Pop is a summer staple for every Bio Sculpture manicurist. It’s a lovely, orange-based coral, and everyone needs it in their life. For me, it gives ‘clean girl’ vibes, plus it comes in both gel and polish format which is handy for top-ups.”

Available at BioSculpture.co.uk


Gel Polish In Coral, £12.99 | Glossify

Rated By: Ellie O’Hara, @ByEleanorOHara

“Another Glossify favourite of mine, this is a far brighter shade of coral, making it great for those with a slightly paler complexion. Perfect for a holiday hands-and-toes combo, this is the kind of classic coral shade that we all know and love.”

Available at Glossify.co.uk


Gel Couture Gel - Like Nail Polish In Sizzling Hot, £10.99 | Essie

Rated By: Leah Parr, @ByLeah.X

“Essie’s Sizzling Hot is a great option if you’re after a bold, pink-based coral. The brand’s Gel Couture range is one of my all-time favourites as it can last for up to 15 days. It’s also ideal to throw in your suitcase for holiday.”

Available at LOOKFANTASTIC.com

Oxygenated Nail Lacquer In Peony Blush, £16.50 | Nailberry

Rated By: Megan Margot Evans, @MeganMargotEvans

“Peony Blush is a stunning summer shade that complements all skin tones. Its vibrant, yet subtle warmth makes it universally flattering. The formula applies smoothly, without streaking or clumping, making it an ideal choice for at-home manicures.”

Available at SpaceNK.com


Nail Polish In Turn Up The Volume, £12 | Bio Sculpture

Rated By: Julia Diogo, @PaintedByJools

"My favourite coral for summer is this one by Bio Sculpture. It's fun, playful and works well with different tones. It has a very glossy finish as well which lasts for weeks."

Available at Biosculpture.co.uk

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