The 10 Summer Nail Colours Celebrities Are Requesting Most This Season

I've found there to be two types of people in this world: those who walk into a nail salon and bend the knee to the great wall of bottles for their colour inspiration and those who, well, don't (aka those of us who know the exact shade or colour family we want hours pre–paint job). What can I say? Sometimes, we know what works and what we like when it comes to our nails. You can't go wrong with a classic pink manicure, 'clean girl' nails or going all out with bold, colourful nails or trending nail art. There are so many summer nail colours and designs to choose from.

Of course, if you're a celebrity, these types of choices might depend on pressing appointments like premieres, red carpets, events, concert tours or film projects, but that doesn't stop us from wondering what summer nail colours celebrities are most excited to wear this season or what shades they're requesting when they get some time off.

Summer Nail Colours: Nnenna Echem wearing pink nails



We reached out to three of the most-wanted celebrity nail artists in the industry to find out what summer nail colours their A-list clientele have requested most thus far. Are you the wall-of-polish-type client? You'll appreciate the celeb-led inspiration. And for all of you premeditators, consider this a summer challenge to stray from your usual hue. Ahead, the 10 most-requested summer nail colours, according to the talented celebrity nail artists. Keep scrolling!

Mazz Hanna

Summer Nail Colours: Mazz Hanna celebrity manicurist



Celebrity clients: Julia Roberts, Kaley Cuoco, Jennifer Lawrence, Halsey, Tyra Banks, Nicole Richie, Paris Hilton, Selma Blair, Constance Wu, Emma Roberts

1. Bare Shimmer

@oliveandjune sheer shimmer nails



A bare shimmer enhances your natural nails and looks so pretty.

"Barely there, shimmery nude nails look great on fresh, sun-kissed skin, and it's a more playful alternative to traditional nude nails.  I just used [a similar] polish on Minnie Driver, and she was obsessed." 



A pearly sheen takes your neutral manicure up a notch, making it perfect update for summer.

This pink has a subtle shimmer which adds the prettiest sheen to nails.

2. Fluorescent Yellow

We love this hue on Rochelle Williams.

"On the opposite spectrum, we have neon! It is another trend that's super fun for the summer, whether it's a pop of neon on an accent nail, a neon French manicure or a neon negative-space manicure. Orly's Nail Polish in Glowstick (£9) is a fun fluorescent yellow."

This shade is so perfect for warmer weather.

This polish is bound to get you noticed–just wait for the compliments to roll in.

3. Creamy Sand

Sandy hue look so chic whatever the time of year.

"Creamy, sand-coloured nail colours really standout on tanned skin for summer, but it's still somewhat of a neutral shade."

Julia Diogo, Luxury Nail Artist at The Corinthia London, is calling this shade the ultimate palate cleanser.

We really rate Mavala's formulas, and this small bottle is ideal for packing when travelling to keep your nails looking fresh on the go.

Mary Soul

Celebrity clients: Ashley Graham, Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Elle Fanning, Liu Wen, Joan Smalls, Janelle Monáe, Imaan Hammam, Jasmine Sanders, Lady Gaga

4. Neon Coral

@oliveandjune neon coral nails



This fiery colour will get you so many compliments.

"My clients are asking for bright and bold colours this summer! I'm talking neons on neons," says Essie celebrity manicurist Mar y Soul. One of her favourites? This vibrant coral pick. 

For a more subtle take on the trend, opt for a pink-coral hue.

Nailberry's polishes come with a long brush, which is ideal for applying the varnish in even coats.

5. Just Peachy

Peach is a real suits-all shade and is the perfect way to switch up your nails during the summer season.

"I'm also getting a lot of requests for a matte finish on the neons, which is what I like to call the sherbet trend." If you want to try it out for yourself, these two shades are ideal.

We're so impressed with Chanel's nail formulas—they're incredibly long-lasting and stay chip-free for days.

 6. Ignited Tangerine

We can't get enough of this citrus flame shade.

Looking for a summery sub for a basic red? Soul tells us she loves this fiery shade of tangerine.

This shade really pops with a white summer dress.

7. Elevated Rose

@thehangedit rose pink nails



We're really into this rosy hue–and it looks great paired with red, too.

Loving pink for summer? This neon pink with coral undertones looks so fresh on fingertips. In other words, it's the perfect antidote if you're facing major colour indecision.

Go for an alternating hue on each nail if you have trouble picking just the one shade.

This pretty hue looks just as good on nails as it does on your dressing table.

8. Glowing Purple

Purple nails look so chic.

Last but not least, a bold shade of purple! This glowing nail colour has been one of Soul's go-tos and is dramatic (but not stuffy) for the warmer summer months. 



Purple nails are always a good idea.

This grape hue works so well across all seasons.

Whitney Gibson

Celebrity clients: Teyana Taylor, Amandla Stenberg, Yara Shahidi, Salma Hayek, Jodie Comer, Solange Knowles, Dove Cameron, Sarah Paulson, Sasha Lane, Laura Harrier

9. Sheer Pink

A sheer wash of pink is the ultimate way to elevate your manicure.

"Not surprisingly, most of my celeb clients love a gorgeous nude tone nail colour for summer. I've been using my go-to sheer (this one from Essie!) a lot this summer."

A sheer wash of pink is like a tinted moisturiser for your nails. 

This is the barely-there pink that you see everyone wearing, and it has a loyal celebrity fanbase too.

10. Opaque Neutral

@nailsbymh opaque nude nails



When in doubt, an opaque neutral shade is always a winner.

"OPI's Nail Polish in Samoan Sand (£14) is my favourite opaque nude, and I've been using it on everyone these last couple of months. Whether you go more sheer or opaque, both of these natural summer nail colours are universally flattering."



One of the perks of this shade is that it's very forgiving on nail chipping.

& Other Stories's nail polishes are brilliant for the price, and this neutral shade is a must-have.

Up next, nine cool nail designs I'm actually going to try this summer.

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