SHADE: CND Nail Lacquer in Mambo Beats, £11.95
This tomato-red coral suits all skin tones and looks incredibly chic against a shorter nail. It’s a safe bet if you’re unsure what to get at your next appointment. Plus, the nourishing formula is full of vitamin E, keratin and jojoba oil to lock in hydration and keep brittleness at bay.
Available at LookFantastic.com
SALON: London Grace
SHADE: London Grace Polish in Valentine, £12
This warm red-tone coral is the most requested shade at London Grace’s popular salon. Vibrant without being tacky, it looks great against white for summer and works well on fingernails and toes. Extra points for its clean formula which is vegan and 10-free – this means there’s no typical nasties inside like formaldehyde which can strip the nail of moisture.
Available at LondonGrace.co.uk
SALON: Blush + Blow
SHADE: CND Nail Lacquer in Sangria at Sunset, £8.95
Beautiful against olive and darker skin tones, this colourful orange has lasting pigment that’s ideal for summertime. The additions of vitamin E and keratin are a bonus, working to strengthen and condition the nail for smoother application.
Available at NailPolishDirect.co.uk
SALON: Nails & Brows Mayfair
SHADE: Kure Bazaar Polish in Java, £15
Java is a warm coral that works for everyone, but it suits darker skin tones particularly well. Ideal for the summer months, it’s bright without being garish. The formula is impressive, with no formaldehyde, parabens or synthetics. Instead, wood pulp, wheat cotton and corn work together to nourish and hydrate the nail for better results.
Available at ContentBeautyWellbeing.com
SALON: Secret Spa
SHADE: Essie in Sunday Funday, £7.99
You can’t go wrong with Essie’s universally flattering Sunday Funday, a tangerine coral pink shade which has a summer-friendly soft shimmer. We love the wide brush, which guarantees a quick, easy and smooth application, as well as the high shine finish. No wonder it’s one of Secret Spa’s most requested polishes at this time of year.
Available at Boots.com
SHADE: Nailberry Cherry Cherie, £15
This vibrant red-orange polish works well on both hands and toes. Eye-catching and perfect for summer days, it offers high-shine colour in one sweep. Vegan and cruelty-free, Nailberry’s polishes have been designed to improve nail health, serving up a healthier manicure.
Available at Nailberry.co.uk
SALON: Margaret Dabbs
SHADE: Margaret Dabbs Polish in Tiger Lily, £14
If you prefer your corals on the orange side, this one is for you. It’s richer in tone, but lighter than traditional reds for something a bit different. We love that the polish contains vitamin E and wild rose – both of which strengthen, protect and lock in moisture.
Available at MargaretDabbs.co.uk
SALON: Blow LTD
SHADE: OPI Nail Lacquer in Cajun Shrimp, £13.90
Bright and vivid, this is the ultimate summer shade. It works against both pale and darker skin tones, while the opaque finish means you don’t require layer after layer for a rich pigment. It’s easy to apply, thanks to the wide brush that coats nails in a single swipe.
Available at OpiUK.com