15 Perfect Shades of Blue Nail Polish No Matter the Occasion

Crossed hands with pale blue nail polish.

 Olive & June

Drawing inspiration from Caribbean waters, poolside lounging, and blue curaçao, bold shades of blue are the summer nail trend du jour. Celebrities like Selena Gomez, Kim Kardashian, and Candice Swanepoel are subscribing to the color family, garnishing their digits with varying shades of cobalt, cyan, and baby blue. It's a steep departure from pastel neutrals and deep, vampy hues typically reserved for the cooler months of the year, and we love the nautical nod it lends to our own manicure when we're stuck in the office on warm summer days. To help inspire you to treat your own nails to some moody blues, take a look at our favorite hues below.

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Periwinkle Blue

Bottle of Periwinkle blue nail polish on a white background.
Olive & June 7-Free Nail Polish in CNH $8

A pretty periwinkle blue has been one of Selena Gomez's favorite nail shades this summer. You can score the same look with just two coats of this rich nail polish. For a lasting pro finish (once your nails have dried, of course) coat your cuticles with the Olive & June Cuticle Serum, $16. You can repeat the application every day for hydrated skin and healthy-looking nails.

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Shimmering Cobalt

Twisted bottle of bright blue nail polish with a white lid.
essie Gel Couture Nail Polish in Front Page Worthy $8

Love the long-wear nature of gel manicures but want to take matters into your own hands? This sparkly cobalt polish is part of a two-step system designed to deliver users with professional-looking manis that last up to two weeks.

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Robin Egg

Baby blue bottle of nail polish with a gray label.
Côte No. 66 $18

Pale nail colors aren't solely reserved for spring. You can cop this light blue hue for a summer manicure that's sure to pop. The ultra-light color looks especially stunning when paired with tanned skin.

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Chic Cerulean

Bottle of bright blue nail polish with a white lid.
Nails Inc. Bright Ambition Nail Polish in Not Invited $11

If you're a fan of The Devil Wears Prada, the color cerulean will forever be seared into your memory. This bright blue shade perfectly embodies Miranda Priestly's iconic quote and will likely become a staple in your vanity.

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Dusty Blue

Bottle of dusty blue nail polish on a white background.
Tenoverten Austin Nail Polish $12

Summer is synonymous with clear blue skies and days spent relaxing at the beach, so if that's the vibe you'd like to show off with your nail color, look no further than this unassuming blue. The dusty hue is both eye-catching and muted, embodying the cheerful serenity that is the summer season.

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Blue Bonnet

Bottle of pale blue nail polish with a black lid.
JINsoon Peace Nail Polish $18

For some people, blue is a bit of a stretch when it comes to nail color. To ease into the trend, consider this super pale rendition that's essentially a slightly tinted white. It might just become your new go-to.

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Blue Bliss

Bottle or royal blue nail polish with a gold lid.
Base Coat Tulum Nail Polish $20

Opt for a "the brighter, the better" mindset with this stunning azure hue. As soon as you paint it on, you'll begin imagining all the ways you can show off the fan-favorite shade.

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Sky Blue

Bottle of baby blue nail polish on white background.
Gabriel Cosmetics Ephemeral Beauty Nail Polish in Pale Blue $9

Prefer a pretty pale mani? This bright baby blue shade is light enough to not take away from an outfit while being bold enough to add to it. What's not to love about that?

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Sparkling Sea

Bottle of glittery blue nail polish with a black top.
Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Nail Color in Blue Blue Ocean $20

Mad about metallics? This sparkly blue nail polish will bring the majestic qualities of the ocean straight to your manicure.

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Jelly Blue

Bottle of white nail polish with light blue lettering.
Le Mini Macaron Mint Jelly Nail Polish $12

Jelly nails is another beauty trend that's here to stay. This translucent blue polish will let you combine the popular nail styles for one manicure that's sure to earn more than a few compliments.

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Dark Denim

Bottle of dark blue nail polish with a black top.
Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Radiant Blue $28

Blue jean babies, rejoice. This dark blue hue recreates the classic obsession with dyed denim. Paint it on and pair it with your favorite jean jacket for a monochromatic look that's bound to be one for the books.

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Tiffany's Blue

Bottle of Tiffany's blue nail polish with a black top.
butter LONDON Minted Nail Lacquer $15

There's just something about Tiffany blue that elicits excitement and luxury. To add the romantic allure to your everyday look, consider coating your nails with this creamy robin's-egg shade.

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Bahamian Waters

Bottle of neon blue nail polish with a black top.
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Neon in Miami Ice $10

Neon is yet another color family that's having a major moment of late, which means this electric blue polish will help you nail not one, but two popular beauty trends at once.

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Mermaid Magic

Bottle of color-changing blue and green shimmer nail polish.
Zoya Charla Nail Polish $$10

This color-changing nail polish has been a Zoya best-seller since it was first released. It features green and blue sparkles that generate mermaid vibes, making it a must for summer (if not all year-round).

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Iridescent Bluebird

Bottle or iridescent periwinkle blue nail polish with a gold top.
Smith & Cult Exit the Void Nail Polish $18

Sure, glossy manicures are great, but what if you could add a little iridescent shimmer to the equation? With this semi-holographic nail lacquer, you can. Use one coat for a sheer color-changing effect or layer it on for an opaque opalescence.

Next up: Selena Gomez makes a case for neon peach nail polish.

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