I've found there to be two types of people in this world: those who walk into a nail salon and bend the knee to the great wall of bottles for their color inspiration and those who, well, don't (aka those of us who know the exact shade or color family we want hours pre–paint job).
Of course, if you're a celebrity,these types of choices might depend on pressing appointments like premieres, red carpets, events, concert tours, or film projects, but that doesn't stop us from wondering what summer nail colors celebrities are most excited to wear this season or what shades they're requesting when they get some time off.
We reached out to three of the most-wanted celebrity nail artists in the industry to find out what summer nail colors their A-list clientele have requested most thus far. Are you the wall-of-polish type client? You'll appreciate the celeb-led inspiration. And for all of you premeditators, consider this a summer challenge to stray from your usual hue. Ahead, the 10 most-requested summer nail colors, according to the talented celebrity nail artists. (Plus, five more hues we're personally excited to try as beauty editors.) Keep scrolling!
"Barely there, shimmery nude nails look great on fresh, sun-kissed skin, and it's a more playful alternative to traditional nude nails. I love Positive Times High Vibe Polish in Moonstone ($18). I just used this polish on Minnie Driver, and she was obsessed."
"On the opposite spectrum, we have neon! It is another trend that's super fun for the summer, whether it's a pop of neon on an accent nail, a neon French manicure, or a neon negative-space manicure. Orly's Nail Polish in Glowstick ($8) is a fun fluorescent yellow."
"I'm also getting a lot of requests for a matte finish on the neons, which is what I like to call the sherbet trend. If you want to try it out for yourself, all five of these colors from one of my go-to brands Essie dry with a demi-matte finish!This one is an electric peach."
"OPI's Nail Polish in Samoan Sand ($11) is my favorite opaque nude, and I've been using it on everyone these last couple months. Whether you go more sheer or opaque, both of these natural summer nail colors are universally flattering."
I feel like people always lump metallics into the holiday season, but I think super-shimmery gold or silver is so stunning for the summer months. I currently have this glossy formula from Olive & June on repeat and don't plan on quitting it anytime soon!
"I am head over heels for this rich, earth-toned Essie polish. It's the perfect terra-cotta color and really pops on my brown skin," says associate beauty editor Courtney Higgs. "It's muted enough that I don't feel like my hands are too flashy but vibrant enough that it doesn't bore me to death, either. Ugh, it's perfect."
I'm a huge fan of a classic, fire-engine red any time of the year, but in the summer, I like to substitute an equally hot shade of pink instead. It's still in the same family but feels a little more fun and seasonal.