An Essie VP Names the Best Mani-Pedi Polish Pairings for Summer

Lindsey Metrus

Do you ever stand in front of the rows and rows of polish at the nail salon for an obscene amount of time trying to decide what to dress up your digits with? This is a battle we fight constantly.

I should do a pinkish nude. No, maybe coral. Actually—navy might look cute, but is it too dark for summer?

That's generally the internal conversation we have while the nail technician patiently waits for us to decide. (Do you think they get extremely annoyed with the customers? We get it.) Champagne problems, we know, but it's truly tough to pick the perfect color without monotonously defaulting to the same color (we've dubbed her Old Faithful). Especially when it comes to choosing the perfect mani-pedi pairing, we might as well pay rent to the salon, because we're going to be there for a loooong time.

Thankfully, Essie's lead celebrity manicurist, Michelle Saunders, put together some summer pairings to make the task a whole lot easier. Using Essie's core shades, its new Gel Couture line, and brand-new neon shades (out later this month on Essie.com), Saunders has curated eight gorgeous pairings that veer from vibrant to neutral to pastel and beyond. Keep scrolling to find your next mani and pedi shades!

What's your favorite shade to wear in the summertime? What do you like to pair it with? Sound off below!

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