Summer nails should be bold and bright, and in today’s post I share a few of my favourite summer shades and colour combinations. Now, whilst I’m not much of a girlie girl, I love having my nails painted. For so many years, I played team sports and had to keep my nails super short; I was also a nail biter for years growing up so they never looked nice enough to be painted. From a recent Love Me Beauty selection, I picked two Nails Inc gel effect polishes. I’ve always really liked Nails Inc products and their colour range is absolutely huge. I have other gel effect shades that are much more suited to autumn/winter – dark purples, deep reds, etc, but these two are absolutely ideal for the summer: the yellow is called Seven Dials and the peach/nude is Spring Gardens. I find the Nails Inc polishes to be pretty long lasting and chip-resistant anyway but the gel effect ones are really durable and they give such a good coverage even with just 2 quick coats.Essie Mint Candy Apple has been my favourite colour for 4 years. The first time I picked it was when I was travelling in New Zealand and Australia and treated myself to a manicure when I was in Sydney. It was the colour I chose at the nail bar and then I went out and bought it the next day so that I’d always have it in my stock. It’s such a refreshing colour and instantly makes me feel like its summer when I have it on. I really like that it tones so well with my new Seven Dials Nails Inc shade. For the best budget nail varnishes, Hema is amazing. They have a huge range of colours and also have a number of base layers and top coats that are also really good value for money and great quality. I bought North Sea Blue as it was the perfect shade of blue to match a dress I have but I use it quite often now. It cost £3.50 and I also often use it for a pedicure as it lasts for weeks without chipping and is a nice, not-in-your-face shade which is what I prefer for my toes. In a summer nails post, I couldn’t leave out coral. Absolutely gorgeous with a tan, coral just isn’t a colour I can go to at any other time of the year. I like Nail Paint by Barry M in Coral – it’s a little thin so a few coats are needed but it’s a great shade, a little darker and less orange than some coral nail polishes, but really lovely. What are your go-to summer nail colours? Which nail polish brands do you recommend?
Note: I do have a right hand… but whilst moving house, I chipped two of my nails which haven’t had time to grow back and be re-shaped, so they look really untidy!