It's Leo Season—16 "Look at Me" Nail Colors to Wear


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The weather is heating up, and so are the zodiac signs. As August approaches, it can only mean one thing: Leo season. We love Leos for being unabashed main characters—these fire signs love to steal the spotlight and be the center of attention. Leos tend to be theatrical, passionate, and command the center of attention.

Leo season is the perfect time to infuse the spirit of this zodiac sign into your own life, regardless of whether or not you're a Leo yourself. Represented by the lion and ruled by the sun, this zodiac embodies confidence and celebrating yourself. Let's be honest, those are two things we could all use more of. I've rounded up the best August nail colors that embody all things from the Leo zodiac sign. That means orange, gold, red, and purple. If you could find the color in the sunshine, you're probably safe—and purple adds a bit of balance to all that heat.

Fiery Orange


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Since Leos are sun signs, it only makes sense that orange would be the perfect Leo nail color. Orange translates to joy, warmth, heat, and sunshine, making it the perfect bold, bright color for Leo season.

Hermès Les Mains Hermes Nail Enamel in 33 Orange Boite

Essie Nail Polish in Tangerine Tease

Dior Vernis in Mirage

Orly Nail Polish in Valley of Fire

Passionate Red


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If you want a color to express your passionate side, fiery red is the perfect shade to choose. This bright, look-at-me color has long been associated with confidence, and no one is more confident than a Leo.

Olive and June Nail Polish in CV

Gucci Glossy Nail Polish in 25 Goldie Red

Chanel Le Vernis in 08 Pirate

OPI Nail Lacquer in Big Apple Red

Gilded Gold


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Gold is an empowering color. Symbolizing generosity and power, it's the perfect metallic shade to add to your nails to embody everything a Leo represents.

Sephora Collection Color Hit Mini Nail Polish in 72 Girls Night Out

Orly Here Comes the Sun

OPI Infinite Shine Long-Wear Lacquer in Suzi’s Slinging Mezcal

Chanel Le Vernis in 532 Canotier

Royal Purple


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Leos can be perceived as being a bit too rash and full of themselves. Purple is the perfect color to bring a bit of balance to your personality. This royal shade represents wisdom and nobility, so it's the perfect color to add if you want to cool down some of Leo season's fire.

Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Nail Polish in Rule Breaker

OPI Nail Lacquer in Purple With a Purpose

Olive and June Bold & Unshaken

Emilie Heathe Nail Artist Nail Polish in Big Night Out

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Associate Beauty Editor

Katie Berohn is the associate beauty editor at Who What Wear. Previously, she worked as the beauty assistant for Good Housekeeping, Woman's Day, and Prevention magazines, all part of the Hearst Lifestyle Group. She graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a major in journalism and minor in technology, arts, and media, and earned her master's degree at NYU's graduate program for magazine journalism. In addition, Katie has held editorial internships at Denver Life magazine, Yoga Journal, and Cosmopolitan; a digital editorial internship at New York magazine's The Cut; a social good fellowship at Mashable; and a freelance role at HelloGiggles. When she's not obsessing over the latest skincare launch or continuing her journey to smell every perfume on the planet, Katie can be found taking a hot yoga class, trying everything on the menu at New York's newest restaurant, or hanging out at a trendy wine bar with her friends.