Six Perfect Summer Polish Pairings

Did you know that the easiest way to update your mani/pedi for summer is to STOP matching your fingers and toes? It’s true – the fresher, more modern approach is a coordinating manicure and pedicure that features different colors.

But how do you know what colors work best together? Which one is for the fingers? What goes on the toes?

A general rule of thumb is to choose the cooler tone for your feet and warmer tones for your hands although you can definitely play around with it.

Try out one of these fresh polish combos to update your mani/pedi this summer.

Perfect Summer Polish Pairings

silver + light blue

Why it Works: While many summer shades are warm tones, shimmery silver plus light blue are a cool pairing.

Try it:  Butter London Glazen Nail Lacquer in Silver Glitter + OPI Classic Nail Lacquer in It’s a Boy


light purple + dark purple

Why it Works: Keeping colors in the same family creates an ombre like effect on tips and toes. Tip: you can also try this with light and dark pink, blue or any other color!

Try it: OPI Infinite Shine 2 in Frenchie Likes to Kiss (lavender) + Sally Hansen Color Therapy in Exotic Acai

turquoise + coral

Why it Works: This combo of cool and warm tones complements every complexion.

Try it: Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in Big Teal + Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Pretty Piggy

gray + bright pink

Why it Works: Bright pink is a summer staple, adding neutral gray makes it feel more modern.

Try it: Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in Heavy Metal + OPI Infinite Shine 2 in You’re the Shade That I Want (hot magenta)

white + bright blue

Why it Works: This color combo evokes a nautical feel – so perfectly summery!

Try it: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Get Mod + OPI Infinite Shine 2 in Chills are Multiplying! (icy blue)

mermaid sparkle + purple

Why it Works: This mermaid sparkle pairs perfectly with shades of purple, blue/green or teal.

Try it: Butter London Glazen Nail Lacquer in Mermaid (sparkling cool sage glitter) + OPI Nail Lacquer in Show us Your Tips! (periwinkle shimmer)

It’s Your Turn: What’s your favorite manicure/pedicure color combo? Tell us in the comments!