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Here are the exact polishes to use.
We like to think pedicure season is year around, which means it’s never a bad time to plan your polish MO. (If you’re a hot-pink person, these 20 shades have us feeling a certain type of way right now—just throwing that out there.) Electric shades of neon or pastel hues like mint have been the pedicure prescription of choice, but this year, we’re throwing some new colors into the mix just in time for your next salon appointment. Yes, scarlet reds and go-with-everything nudes will always be on the polish menu for our toes, but we’d also like to introduce more unexpected nail colors like dusty olive, denim blue, and antiqued shades of peach and pink for your consideration. Ahead, we’re highlighting the 12 best pedicure colors to experiment with. Plus, the exact nail polishes you should snap up before they fly off the shelves.
Navy blue is classic, but a lighter, denim-inspired hue of blue feels a little fresher for this year.
Olive green might seem an unlikely pedicure color, but it’s a surprisingly flattering option for your toes. It goes with pretty much everything, and it’s a fresh alternative to the tired and expected mix of mints or neons. (I’m especially obsessed with Essie’s 8-free, quick-dry formula above!)
Think of this perfect pedicure color as a rich, sleek alternative to your usual salon order of pale pink or coral. J.Hannah’s lighter option feels subtler, but if you’re craving something more intense, we’re having a moment with Smith & Cult’s antiqued shade of pink.
Nothing will be more iconic than nude. For those who want polish with zero fuss, it’s a no-brainer option for your pedicure aesthetic.
Hot pink has been having a non-cliché comeback, and we are so here for it. This color can veer more pink-pink or purple-pink—pick your poison!
A stunning compromise between blue and green—and one of the ultimate shades to dunk your toes into this season.
Plunge into a shimmering shade of violet or go subtler with a smoky hue of lavender. Shades of purple are always relevant when it comes to the best pedicure colors.
When in doubt, black is always the answer. Yep, even on your toes! It’s unexpected and the superior color choice if you’re looking to hide sand or any other inevitable damage your pedicure might accrue once you’re outside more. The key? Keep it ultra-glossy with a durable topcoat (like Olive & June’s formula below) and reapply every few days.
You can wear any shade of yellow on your toes, but we’re especially into opaque, floral iterations that are bright but a tad less primary than the Crayola trend that’s been popular in seasons past.
Crisp and light—white actually makes a statement in a big way on your toes. Opt for a super-opaque, long-lasting formula like this one from Deborah Lippmann or go a bit more whimsical with this shimmery cream from Smith & Cult.
Any color looks prettier on your toes when it’s a glimmering metallic. We’re suckers for the classics like gold or silver, but really, the world is your oyster with this one!
You can’t argue the power and compliment potential of a bright-red pedicure. There are so many great shades, but these are our forevers.
Up next: And Now, the 20 Best-Selling OPI Nail Colors of All Time. This article was published at an earlier date and has been updated.