Top Nail Trends Made Wearable for the Summer Season

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Paula's Choice and the Paula's Choice Research Team share tips on how women can wear some of the hottest nail trends.

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Fortunately, nail trends this season can be translated to wearable looks that are sophisticated and playful.

Summer is the season for experimenting with nail colors in ultra-bright tones, but not everyone can pull off a Peacock Blue manicure. Fortunately, nail trends this season can be translated to wearable looks that are sophisticated and playful. The Paula’s Choice Research Team dishes on the best ways to experiment with manicures and pedicures that play up the warm weather.

Go Bold Pink the Right Way. Skin tone is an important part of picking the right nail polish, and just like makeup, every bold color has a variation to flatter any complexion. If cooler shades like hot pink look off, consider a warmer coral-pink tone. Coral-pink polish faves: Essie E-Nuf is E-Nuf ($8) or Chanel Orange Fizz ($26). Looking for cooler, blue-base pink options? Consider OPI Nail Lacquer Feelin' Hot-Hot-Hot! ($9) or Sinful Colors Nail Enamel in Boom Boom ($2).

Try Bright Yellow (Without Regret)! Let’s face it, yellow just says “happy.” Medium to deep skin tones can easily opt for a brighter version, like OPI Nail Lacquer in It Color ($9) or Butter London in Cheeky Chops ($15). Fair to light complexions should consider creamier, pastel yellow. Some great options include Butter London in Jasper ($15) or Nails, Inc. in Belsize Park ($10).

Consider a Dark & Sophisticated Summer Polish. Tired of pastels and bright hues? Look to shades like deep eggplant or lush green—these popular colors are perfect alternatives to the traditional summer polish picks. Essie’s Going Incognito ($8) is a gorgeous, deep green, while OPI Nail Lacquer in Tomorrow Never Dies ($9) is a sophisticated, shimmer azure purple.

Dry, Rough Hands & Feet are Always Out of Season. Last, but not least, before heading off to shop nail polish, have a plan to keep your mani/pedi looking tip-top between visits to the salon.

  •     Too much water exposure can cause dry, unsightly hands and cuticles. That means never doing the dishes without wearing gloves, and keeping a hand cream rich in skin-repairing ingredients at home and work. See the top recommended body butters/creams and balms.
  •     Hands rarely get the same SPF love as the face or body, but they also get the most sun exposure. The result? Over time, hands develop brown spots and sagging skin—that’s a look no polish can save. Pick a hand cream with SPF for the daytime, one that doesn’t skimp on the sunscreen or beneficial antioxidants for maximum results. Check out the best-rated options for hands here.

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Led by best-selling author and beauty expert Paula Begoun, the Paula’s Choice Research Team evaluates and reviews hundreds of skin-care and makeup products, in books such as Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me as well as online at Combining cosmetics industry knowledge and expertise, Paula and her team have developed the Paula’s Choice line of state-of-the-art formulations based on reliable, published skin-care research. Products include skin-care, makeup, body and hair-care products, beauty tools, and accessories. All products are fragrance-free, cruelty free, and environmentally friendly.

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