We also love Àuda.B’s Coral Sand ($18), a super smooth and chip-resistant flaming orangey pink that feels like you’re keeping a wild little secret in your shoes.
Don’t let anyone ever tell you greens or yellows — or in this case, greenish-yellow or yellowish-green — aren’t flattering to wear on your toes.
OPI’s Pear-adise Cove ($11) is too fun of a color to worry about what other people will think. Besides, if they’re smart, they’ll take one look at your feet and think, “Wow, that is the cutest pedicure color. I’m going to go copy this IRL influencer straight away.” The slightly more vibrant Lights Lacquer in Now & Later ($11) leans into sour-apple territory, but still has that weird-but-cute vibe of its softer counterpart.
A rich brown with reddish undertones is simultaneously neutral yet bold, which is why we love Tulum Beach ($9) from Nails Inc’s Caught in the Nude collection. Its warmth gives off a sun-kissed-skin vibe — even if your feet are otherwise fully slathered in sunscreen.
Orly’s Parcs & Parasols ($10) is a bit rosier but still a warm and wonderful brown-ness that complements every imaginable flip-flop or slide you might find yourself in this summer.
Is bluvender a word? No. Should it be? Absolutely. It’s how we’re describing one of the prettiest possible shades you can wear on your toes: a lavender that has just enough blue in it to lean quite cool, but not so much blue that you’d call it periwinkle.
Sundays’ pale yet vivid take on the color, L.05 ($18), is begging to become the signature pedicure shade of anyone who loves a splashy pastel. Morgan Taylor’s Take Me to Your Tribe ($10) is a bit darker, but my no mens dark — it still has a dusty, pastel feeling, just with a little extra richness.
6. ’80s Prom Dress Pink
Whether you lived through it or you’ve only seen it in photos, it’s instantly recognizable: that distinctly ‘80s shade of magenta that covered so many prom dresses in the form of sequins.
Deborah Lippmann’s Gel Lab Pro in My Shot ($20) is the next best thing, and subtle — compared to a full-blown formal dress, at least. It’s semi-sheer, so be sure to add two or three coats of this metallic, shimmery shade if you want your toenails to feel like the belles of the ball. Smith & Cult’s Palace in Wonderland ($18) is a slightly more whimsical, iridescent, yet still unignorable purply pink that feels like a delicate take on Barbie’s go-to hue.
7. Pretty Much White
Off-white? Eggshell? Whatever it is, it’s pretty much white, and it always looks fabulous on toes. Simple yet striking, this milky hue isn’t quite as Wite-Out stark as a cool, true white, and it reads more neutral and cooperative with every skin tone.