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).
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.
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!
Celebrity clients: Julia Roberts, Kaley Cuoco, Jennifer Lawrence, Halsey, Tyra Banks, Nicole Richie, Paris Hilton, Selma Blair, Constance Wu, Emma Roberts
"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."
"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."
"Creamy, sand-coloured nail colours really standout on tanned skin for summer, but it's still somewhat of a neutral shade. Oribe The Lacquer High Shine Nail Polish in The Nude (£26) is my go-to."
Mar y Soul
Celebrity clients: Ashley Graham, Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Elle Fanning, Liu Wen, Joan Smalls, Janelle Monáe, Imaan Hammam, Jasmine Sanders, Lady Gaga
"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.
"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, all five of these colours from one of my go-to brands Essie dry with a demi-matte finish! This one is an electric peach."
Looking for a summery sub for a basic red? Soul tells us she loves this fiery shade of tangerine aptly called Soles on Fire.
Loving pink for summer? This top pick from Soul is described by Essie as a neon pink with coral undertones. In other words, it's the perfect antidote if you're facing major colour indecision.
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.
Celebrity clients: Teyana Taylor, Amandla Stenberg, Yara Shahidi, Salma Hayek, Jodie Comer, Solange Knowles, Dove Cameron, Sarah Paulson, Sasha Lane, Laura Harrier
"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."
"OPI's Nail Polish in Samoan Sand (£14) is my favourite opaque nude, and I've been using it on everyone these last couple months. Whether you go more sheer or opaque, both of these natural summer nail colours are universally flattering."