Hottest Summer Nail Polish Colors

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It’s that time of the year! When the flip-flops come out, and you shed those layers of socks, boots, and gloves. Each year, nail polish companies battle for the best summer nail colors and this year, our favorites range from $6 a bottle to the pricey $50 display-worthy works of art. Franklin Academy is proud to help you narrow down your nail polish collection because let’s be real, we all have too many options to choose from. We’ve done the hard work for you! After testing all the nail colors for summer, we’ve provided you with our top picks for the bottles to have this summer.


 100815164 | Franklin Academy Rose Gold – Preciosa from Christian Louboutin 

Known for the red bottoms you see as they walk on by, Christian Louboutin is still developing his cosmetic line into coveted ‘must-have’ display pieces for your vanity and nails. As with jewelry, rose gold is the of-the-moment metallic. For those who are more likely to pick up a nail polish over a pricey ring, this polish will be the jewelry everyone wants to show off. Used as an accent nail or for rosy tips, you can’t go wrong with rose gold for fair skin, dark skin, and any skin tone in between.


Unicorn Shimmer – All Daisy Long from Essie Essie | Franklin Academy

The sun, tanning beds, and spray tans can treat your nails harshly. While many enjoy a bright color on their nails from summer start to end, many of us want a more basic option without the upkeep. All Daisy Long from Essie offers an iridescent option to the bright white nail look. Having even a clear coat on nails actually prevents the nail cuticle from absorbing chlorinated pool water which makes nails brittle and weak. Add a little shimmer to your cute summer nail color palette with a shimmery unicorn color. 


Elle Beauty Summer Nailpolish 0005 Deblippmanngreyjasonwu 1520443989 | Franklin AcademyGrey – Grey Day from Deborah Lippmann x Jason Wu 

It’s the matchup of the season! And no, I’m not talking about the World Cup. Known as the manicurist to the stars, Deborah Lippmann partnered with Jason Wu to create a nail lacquer built for versatility. This grey can be worn from day to night, from the pool to a wedding, and every place in between. Craving something bolder? This color is the perfect backdrop for nail art, freehand or stenciled.


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Pantone Ultraviolet Color of the Year – butter LONDON 

Pantone, the color directors of the world, have declared the color of 2018 is ultraviolet. Butter London took it upon themselves to deliver us not just a nail polish in this crave-worthy color but an eye-popping eyeliner, eyeshadow, and matching lip gloss that isn’t as scary as it looks. While purple lips may be a stretch for some, purple nails are an easy way to embrace the ‘It’ color of the year.


Nailinc | Franklin AcademyFairy Pink – Nails Inc. 

Millennial pink was the talk of the town last year — enter Fairy Pink. As covetable as millennial pink but with the added pop of sparkle. Not all of us have the time to painstakingly work on nail art for each nail, but with a glitter-fairy dust top coat, this duo is one of our top picks for cute colors for nails.


Denim Blue  – Sally HansenEcf9cca1 7acf 45a2 8c2a 32d936efc878 2.636cdcb64a98ceed543d1316563e28fa | Franklin Academy

There’s nothing that says summer like a pair of denim cut-offs. As a real pop of summer nail colors for pale skin, this denim color offers a deep color that can be patriotic for the Fourth of July or worn to match your hot-weather denim. Wearing a dark nail color in the summer or as a spring nail color may seem different but in contrast with the bright colors many of us wear during the warmer months, this color fits in perfectly.


With so many different nail color options it’s difficult to keep up. The salon at Franklin Academy offers these colors, and more to choose from in addition to experienced nail techs that have learned their skills from the best. Pamper yourself today and let your nail color do the talking for you.