Ah, summer. It's the time of year where you spend twice as long standing in front of the nail polish wall at the salon because you're getting a manicure and a pedicure — so you have to pick two shades instead of one.
When considering your pedicure color options, bright shades like red, pink, and coral will always have a moment during the summer. But this year, neon yellow, icy blue, and earth tones are also big trends.
Speaking of nails, while it's important to choose the right color, proper cuticle care will make any at-home pedicure look even better. So if you're painting your toes at home, use a treatment to hydrate the skin around the nails to give your DIY pedicure a salon finish.
With sandal season almost upon us, we turned to top manicurists and nail experts to find out what colors to paint on your toes this year.
Ahead, the 15 best pedicure colors for summer 2022.
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Coral: Pear Nova Classic Lacquer in It’s Summer Somewhere
Looking for a pedicure color that's not too bright but not too neutral? Coral is your answer. This Pear Nova shade offers creamy opaque coverage and a long-wear finish.
To shop: $14; pearnova.com
Nearly Nude: FOR TMRW Nail Polish in For Later
Swear by neutral manicure colors? Opt for a matching nude pedicure with this FOR TMRW shade.
To shop: $18; fortmrw.co
Hot Pink: China Glaze Nail Lacquer With Hardeners in Rose Among Thorns
"It's a vivid pink that instantly makes me think of summer. It's the perfect pink for all skin tones," Mimi D, celebrity manicurist and nail artist, says of China Glaze's hot pink nail polish.
To shop: $8; macys.com
Lovely Lilac: JINSoon Nail Polish in Ube
One of Jin Soon Choi's top pedicure color picks for spring is Ube, a lilac shade from her namesake nail polish line. "It's a pastel purple that feels subtle yet fresh, and it's a shade that compliments every skin tone," the editorial manicurist says.
To shop: $18; jinsoon.com
Highlighter Yellow: Nails Inc. Naked In Neon Nail Polish in Knightriders Street
If you really want to make your toes pop, Mimi D is a fan of this neon yellow Nails Inc. shade. "It's a super bright neon yellow that's perfect for summer toes," the manicurist shares. "It screams 'I'm ready for the beach or the pool.'"
To buy: $8; target.com
Off White: Essie Nail Polish in Get Oasis
"This color perfectly captures the milky white nail trend, but adds a little je ne sais quoi with a pearly gold effect," Rita Remark, Essie global lead educator and nail artist. "It's a white that will never look like Wite Out."
To shop: $9; walmart.com
Icy Blue: OPI Nail Lacquer in Gelato On My Mind
"While we typically think soft pinks and purples when it comes to pastel shades, this is an icy-cool pale blue that pairs perfectly against any sunny backdrop," says Sigourney Nuñez, LA-based nail artist.
To shop: $10; target.com
A Hit of Lime: Essie Expressie Quick Dry Nail Color in We Don’t Mesh
"Lime green polish is the bold trend color for the season, Remark shares. "I love this particular shade because it's a perfect lemon-lime with a hint of shimmer."
To shop: $9; amazon.com
Juicy Orange: JINsoon Nail polish in Hope
"This creamsicle orange is the perfect joyful accent for spring," says Choi. We'd have to agree.
To shop: $18; jinsoon.com
Bubblegum Pink: Jessie Monroe Nail Polish in It’s Barbie
Looking for the perfect transitional shade to take you through to summer? Try bubblegum pink.
To shop: $13; jessiemonroenailcare.com
Minty Fresh: OPI Nail Lacquer in How Does Your Zen Garden Grow?
"This pastel minty green shade offers a sense of calm while still dipping your toes into the softly muted color trend," Nuñez explains.
To shop: $7; beyondpolish.com
Earthy Brown: Orly Lacquer in Parcs & Parasols
Earth tones are another major 2022 nail polish trend. This warm brown Orly shade is a versatile shade when painted on your toes, will complement both bright and pastel colors on your fingertips.
To shop: $10; orlybeauty.com
Very Peri: Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Nail Polish in The Woman In The Moon
The 2022 Pantone color of the year is what pedicure dreams are made of. This cool-toned periwinkle shade by Deborah Lippmann is a solid option for anyone looking to embrace the color because it offers the shame chip-free finish as an in-salon gel manicure — no UV lamp required.
To shop: $20; macys.com
Sun-Kissed Beige: Sally Hansen Good. Kind. Pure Lasting Color in Powder Room
Picture this: You're lounging on the beach on a summer afternoon and the sunlight makes this shimmery beige polish on your toes look extra sparkly. Sounds dreamy, right? This Sally Hansen polish will add a little shimmer to all of your warm weather outfits and boasts a plant-based formula that also strengthens nails.
To shop: $7; walmart.com
Cherry Red: Emilie Heath Nail Artist Polish in The Perfect Red
While pedicure trends come and go, bright red nail polish on your toes is always a good idea. Eimile Heath's take on the timeless color is the perfect cherry red shade with a super glossy finish.
To shop: $28; emilieheath.com
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