It's a not-too-bright coral-y peach that's equal parts sexy and sweet—and it practically begs to be worn to the shore.
This cool, creamy aqua is like an oasis in nail polish form. Another bonus: It looks amazing against (safely) bronzed skin.
A bold magenta sounds like it has the potential to be girlie overkill. But this one is so saturated and intense, it's like the moody tomboy sister of most standard pink polishes. It's also a perfect pedicure shade.
The pastel lavender contrasts beautifully with dark skin, but it also makes a pretty neutral for fair and medium complexions. Plus, the smooth formula is fully opaque in two coats, so there's nothing streaky about it.
Greige gets a summery update with white undertones, resulting in a sandy hue that's subtle and sophisticated enough to wear while sipping rosé on a yacht. (Actual boat not included.)
Dusky gray-tinged violet for summer? Yep. So moody and unexpected, it works.
This mixed-print set of nail wraps in orange, pink, yellow, and purple combines the cool factor of a summer music festival with the palette of a sunset.
Something about this true teal shade says it's what a mermaid would choose for her summer manicure. If you happen to have feet instead of a tail, you can wear it for a pedicure, too.
There are few things that look as crisp and clean as a white manicure done well. The trick to getting it right? Use a formula like this one from Chanel. It's smooth, even, and just as ethereal as its name suggests.
A coat of this bright Caribbean blue, and you can practically feel the white sand between your toes.
A standout from Jacobs's summer beauty collection (not to mention the designer's spring runway), this cocoa shade is flattering as a nude for dark skin tones or as a rich contrasting shade for pale ones.
Yellow nail polish can go very wrong very quickly, but this sunny shade is just plain fun. And just try to be unhappy while wearing it. Not possible.
This cotton-candy pink is anything but sweet. Two coats and the acid-bright shade looks exciting, gutsy, and proudly synthetic (in the best way possible).
It's a vivid fuchsia shade that's so electric, it's more '80s punk than My Little Pony.
We're suckers for almost anything rose gold (it's universally flattering no matter your skin tone), and this version contains shimmer so superfine it looks glimmery, not flashy.
This rich royal blue is unapologetically bold....and that's exactly why we love it. It's equally stunning on fingers and toes—just keep nails short (and be sure to use two coats to get the full effect).
As the name indicates, it has a classic, all-American vibe (manicure shade of choice for a 1957 trip to the drive-in, anyone?), but the orangey tones freshen it up, making it fun and youthful for 2014, too.
It's the closest you'll get to a true metallic finish outside of coating your nails with actual gold leaf.
Available in June.
This dreamy periwinkle is cute but not cutesy—and like a good pair of jeans, it goes with everything.
Do you know what you're wearing on the 4th of July? We do. Layer this red-, white-, and blue-speckled topcoat over another patriotic-colored polish or over bare nails for instant, foolproof nail art. Betsy Ross couldn't have designed it better herself.
The subtlest polish to make the list, this sheer, subdued barely-there pink delivers a natural-nails-but-better look.
This vivid coral-orange hybrid is a beloved summer shade with good reason: It's cheerful, flattering, and wearable on fingers or toes, no matter your complexion. Plus, doesn't the name sound like a delicious summer cocktail?
This hot red polish looks rich—like lounging-on-your-private-island rich. The bright hue works on long and short nails, just make sure to file them into a clean squoval shape.
The longer you look at it, the better it gets: At first glance it looks like an eggshell shade. Then the gray undertones become more apparent, and it transforms into a superpale blue. Color us intrigued.
The water-droplet-covered bottle is cool; the iridescent polish inside is even cooler—shifting between blue, green, and purple depending on how it catches the light.
Good as a movie. Good as a nail polish shade: It's a milky, minty green that reminds us of pistachio ice cream. Yum.
It's so neon, it practically looks like you cracked open a glow stick and coated your nails with the stuff inside (for the record, we do not suggest actually doing that).
This bright, cheery green is as refreshing as a mojito. We recommend wearing it on fingers, not toes.
Lime green not your thing? This sheer pink makes nails look healthy and shiny—not obviously polished.
If you see someone wearing the perfect orange-red polish, chances are good it's this classic summer shade.
Even on those scorching, 100-degree-plus days when your look can best be described as least-amount-of-clothing-possible with a side of frizz, you can keep your cool with two things: a good manicure and a good pedicure (OK, and maybe also a braid). Here, the 30 nail colors you need to look polished all summer long.