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Wherever summer’s plot takes you, there is a manicure to match. Imagine the sun glistening on your metallic nails as you grasp a refreshing drink on a rooftop. Or perhaps you are enjoying some R&R in Turks and Caicos, and as you take a dip in the ocean, your glossy aqua-blue nails camouflage into the waves. Dreamy, no? “We’re shaping up for a vibrant season of nail trends,” says New York City-based nail artist Julie Kandalec.

With summer 2024 nail color trends taking inspiration from the liveliest scenes of the season, brands—including JinSoon, Olive & June, and Essie—are launching new collections to match. Vibrant shades like jelly pink, tangerine, and ocean blue “capture the essence, energy, and romantic allure of the warmer months,” says Kandalec.

And electric shades aren’t the only option. A pastel butter yellow is a shockingly wearable swap for your usual paired-back neutrals—plus, the shade pairs beautifully with a classic summer white pedicure. On that note: Experts predict fresh whites will be just as popular on your fingertips as the color has always been on your toes. Ahead, discover a rainbow of nail polishes to have on rotation all summer long.

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Butter Yellow

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Pass the butter (polish), please! This “dreamy pastel adds a touch of elegance with a playful twist,” says New York City-based nail artist JinSoon Choi who makes the perfect lacquer for the look JinSoon Georgette, a soft pale yellow. For a slightly bolder, sunshine-y hue, try Cirque Colors Buttercup, which has a fresh, glossy finish.


Jinsoon Nail Lacquer in Georgette

Cirque Colors

Cirque Colors Nail Polish in Buttercup


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Reminiscent of Fanta soda and summer sunsets, tangerine practically screams summer. For California-based nail artist Lonna Janee, “it’s giving sunflower, it’s giving sun,” which makes it one of her go-to summer colors. We love Essie Break It Sundown, a beautiful orange polish with yellow undertones. Prefer a gel manicure? Reach for the V Beauty Pure polish in 081, a bold creamsicle shade.


Essie Nail Lacquer in To DIY For


V Beauty Pure Gel Polish in 081

Ocean Blue

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Last summer, pool nails took over our feeds. This year, we’re headed to the shore. A coastal ocean-blue shade makes for a bold statement on its own or as an accent color. Florida-based nail artist Alexandra Rivera recommends a deep sea-inspired vertical ombré manicure, like the one pictured here—play around with different shades of blue to create a dimensional look. We love the Manicurist nail Polish in Ultramarine. For a gel option reach for the Madam Glam gel nail polish in Matty.


Manucurist Green Natural Nail Polish in Ultramarine

Madam Glam

Madam Glam Soak-Off Gel Polish in Matty

Chilli Pepper Red

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The heat is on this summer—and we recommend a fiery, red-hot nail lacquer to match. Two favorites: No. 13 from Sundays (an Allure Best of Beauty winner) and Dior Vernis in 999 Rouge both provide an opaque, glossy finish in a warm, red hue. This chili-pepper shade is “an energetic and spicy mood booster that harnesses the vibrant energy of the season,” says Amy Ling Lin, Sundays Studio founder.


Sundays Nail Polish in No. 13


Dior Vernis Nail Polish in 999 Rouge

Molten Metallics

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“Metallics remain a summer favorite,” says Kandalec. In the coming months, purple will have its shining moment. Kandalec loves Lights Lacquer Birthday Wishes (a cool metallic lavender) and KB Shimmer What a Pearl Wants (a multi-colored metallic polish).

Lights Lacquer

Lights Lacquer Nail Polish in Birthday Wishes


KBShimmer Nail Polish in What A Pearl Wants

Summer White

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White linen sets, white sand beaches, a classic white pedicure…the fresh hue is practically synonymous with summertime. “It’s a versatile color that makes your skin appear tan and instantly brightens your overall look,” says Lin.

Allure editors love Sundays No.1, a pure white polish that takes inspiration from fresh linens, and OPI Funny Bunny. Going on vacation and looking for even longer wear? A few coats of Aprés’ gel nail polish in Baby’s Breath will carry you through.


Aprés Gel Coleur in N01 Baby’s Breath


Sundays Nail Polish in No. 1


OPI Nail Lacquer in Funny Bunny

Jelly Pink

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A popsicle is an idyllic treat on a steamy day—and it’s become the inspiration for one of our favorite new manicures. Jelly nail polishes are an easy way to mimic the “popsicle-stained” effect and the formulas are especially pretty in pink. “The summertime is the perfect time to take advantage of all the different shades of pink… a soft pastel or maybe something neon but jelly pink will be the most popular,” says Janee.

Allure’s editor-in-chief Jessica Cruel recently traveled to Seoul where nail artist Park Eunkyung, aka Unistella, gave her the popular jelly nail treatment in a vivid shade of magenta. That said, you don’t have to travel the globe to get this look. We love JinSoon’s Whisper, a soft jelly rose shade for a subtle manicure, and Olive & June’s Jelly Baby for a slightly brighter jelly finish.


Jinsoon Nail Lacquer in Whisper

Olive & June

Olive & June Long Lasting Polish in Jelly Baby


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Looking for a shade that will pop with your favorite sandals or on a white sand beach? Turquoise is the answer. Lin predicts the minty blue-green shade will be on everyone’s toes and is a big fan of the “happy, cheerful color.” Paint on Gucci Glossy in 713 Dorothy Turquoise or OPI Cactus What You Preach for a long-lasting pedicure that will hold up through several beach days.


Gucci Glossy Nail Polish in 713 Glossy Turquoise


OPI Nature Strong Natural Origin Lacquer in Cactus What You Preach

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