And Now, the Most Popular Nail Colors of Summer 2021

With the world slowly starting to reopen again, and more events, get-togethers, and vacations starting to pile up on my calendar, it’s safe to say that I’ve been focusing my attention on my appearance a little more than seasons past. Most notably, the one thing I’ve been having fun with again is my nails (a beauty habit I’ve neglected for most of the past year).

So now that I’m walking into nail salons more frequently. What specific nail colors should I be getting excited about this summer? To get more insight I tapped into celebrity manicurist Mo Qin, founder of renowned New York nail salon Oh My Nails, whose clientele includes Beyoncé, Naomie Harris, and Ashley Graham to name but a few, and asked her to share what the most popular nail colors are for summer 2021. So if you’re looking for some nail color inspiration this summer, keep scrolling for some swoon-worthy hues.




“White nail polish is so classic, it never goes out of style. The perfect summer color for all occasions. It suits everyone and pairs perfectly with different sandal colors.”




“This beautiful pink-orange color is inspired by marine life. It’s fresh, invigorating, and feminine.”



“The safest color to match any summer outfit. It works seamlessly all summer with any bright-colored accessory or outfit. Natural is the way to go if you don’t want your nails to clash with your summer look.”


“A bold orange will make you stand out from the crowd. Whether you’re wearing basic colors like white, black or nude, orange nails will do all of the talking this summer.”

Optic Yellow



“This is definitely a statement color. If rocking a full bright nail look is too much for you, try using it as your French-tip color.  Using this playful color as tips will for sure put you in a better mood.”



“Always fresh—this popular mint color has been going strong for many seasons. Always a perfect choice since it works with every skin tone.”

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“A covetable choice that’s loved by everyone. This classic color is timeless and doesn’t just work for the summer but it’s the perfect color to wear year-round.”




“A magical color for summer. With the sand and ocean, this color will make you feel like a mermaid!”

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