Peak summer is the best time to experiment with playful and bold nail polishes. We talked to five beauty experts to find out what hues are trending for pedicures right now, and found the perfect sandals to pair them with, whether you’re going for a matching, or slightly clashing, palette.
Fifth Avenue by Essie + Aoda sandals by Isabel Marant
“Fifth Avenue from Essie is a classic shade of red that looks great on every skin tone; it’s not too pink or orange. It’s the perfect pop of red to show off your toes in the pool or at the beach and it looks awesome in an Instagram photo.”—Grace Lee, lead makeup artist for Maybelline NY, Canada
Cake by the Ocean by Deborah Lippmann + Satin Platform Sandals by Prada
“Summer is all about white and light. Nothing is better than clean and polished light nudes on the toes when you have a little bit of a tan. Deborah Lippmann’s Cake by the Ocean and Like A Virgin complement all kinds of open-toe sandals to complete that fresh summer look. You can also add some shimmer or glitter on top for a little extra glam.”—Tony Pham, owner, Lac + Co
French Affair by Essie + Flower Heel Sandal by Salvatore Ferragamo
“My favourite pedicure shade this summer is called French Affair by Essie. It’s a vibrant pastel shade that looks great on every skin tone. I love how this particular shade of pink has a hint of lavender. It makes the colour both classically feminine, but also very of-the-moment for fans of millennial pink.”—Rita Remark, lead nail artist for Essie Canada
Blue Eyeshadow by CND Vinylux + Gretel Suede Slides by Ann Taylor
“My go-to colour for summer is the CND Vinylux Blue Eyeshadow from their New Wave collection. It’s an attention-grabbing blue that plays up any outfit, whether you’re heading to the beach or one of many summer events. This shade has a retro futurist feel which goes perfectly with current fashion trends.”—Linda L’y, CND education ambassador and founder, Onyx Aesthetics Studio
Snow White by Bio Seaweed Gel + Peep Toe Mule by Poppy Barley
“I love Bio Seaweed Gel’s Snow White. White polish always looks clean and fresh, and gel ensures that it finishes with the right amount of shine to make your toes look perfect. This colour also serves as a great base for nail art, since you can go over the gel with normal nail polish and use remover as needed to fix up any mistakes. Plus, I love any pedicure that makes me look more tanned in the summer, and this one definitely does that for me!”—Tami El-Sombati, hair and makeup artist
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