Right now, we're nearing the end of our mission to find the best summer nail color. This is a mission we take on every year. We normally begin in early spring, by saving manicure pictures on Instagram (#inspo). By late spring, we're testing various colors and narrowing our focus. By the start of summer, we've been to the salon multiple times and we've consulted the experts. Now that it's mid-June, we feel like we can officially call it: the #1 nail color of the summer (so far at least) is neon peach.
For proof, look to Selena Gomez. Recently, her manicurist, Tom Bachnik, posted a picture of her wearing a vivid shade of orangey-peach nail polish, and it sent Instagram into a frenzy—seriously though, it has 18,000 likes and counting. What's more is that Margot Robbie wore a similar shade to attend a premiere of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. So, yeah, it's officially the #1 color of the summer.
Here it is: neon peach nail polish. The bright shade looks especially summery when photographed under golden light, like it is here. Bachik captioned the photo, "Selena Gomez wanted a peachy orange 🍊 how good is this color and nail shape on her though?!" The answer to his question is good, very good.
The nail polish he used was from Tammy Taylor Nails. After doing some light investigating, we think the shade he used was Mesmerized ($10); it has the same bright, almost neon, quality as Gomez's nails.
Gomez isn't the only person who's wearing neon peach nail polish. It's slowly taking over Instagram one #nailfie at a time. Keep scrolling to see some more examples of the coveted neon peach nail polish.
Even Margot Robbie is a fan of a neon peach manicure. Her makeup artist Patti Dubroff posted this picture ahead of the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood premiere. Her orange nails are the perfect match to her vintage-looking sunset eye makeup (on that note, check out our interview with the lead makeup artist from Once Upon a Time in Hollywood).
Manicurist Chelsea King created this cool neon peach manicure by using OPI's Can’t Afjörd Not To ($8). The cool graphic accent nails aren't required, but they're certainly encouraged.
Here's another orange manicure from King. This time, she pairs the vibrant orange shade with an equally bright yellow polish. It makes for a manicure that's both citrusy and summery.
Even color-averse people can get in on the neon peach trend. Start by painting your nails with a base of nude polish, before placing a single stripe of bright orange onto each nail. It's really that simple.
Or, take the name literally, and paint fruity designs on your nails, like nail artist Betina Goldstein did here.
Essie's Soles on Fire ($9) is a neon orange polish from the brand's Summer Trend Collection (see? It really is a top-trending nail shade).
These neon peach nails are emblazoned with tropical hibiscus flowers. So, yeah, consider your summer vacation manicure sorted.
We only have three words for you: neon orange ombre. That's all.
Another color we recommend pairing with neon peach polish is bright red. It's just as summery as a peach-and-yellow combo, but gives a cool gradient effect, since the colors look almost indistinguishable.
Next, read all about fruit bowl nails—the one nail design Instagram's top manicurists are loving.