Our Top 10 Nail Color Picks For Summer 2012

Every year I look forward to summer’s vivid, unabashed nail polish shades, but this season’s selections are especially blazing — eye-searing, in fact. We’ve been seeing a major upswing in all things neon since winter, and colors just keep getting brighter and brighter. Where fashion goes, nails follow suit, and isn’t it wonderful? Nothing yanks me out of my summer up-all-night stupor in the morning like a huge iced coffee and a flash of neon. I’m actually a religious wearer of flesh-toned fingernails, but my toes are all about the flashiest of pinks and oranges come mid-May. Here are my top ten must-wear shades for the summertime (and beyond, if you’re brave). For best results and maximum impact, pair with all-white and a contrasting neon lip color. The sun will thank you for taking some of the heat off.

Sephora by OPI Cover Me In Petals, $9.50, Sephora
Illamasqua Collide, $14, Sephora
Essie Bazooka, $8, Nordstrom
Zoya Pippa, $8, Zoya
China Glaze Electric Pineapple, $3.20, Amazon
Color Club Feelin’ Groovy, $8, Color Club
Illamasqua Nomad, $14, Sephora
Thakoon for Nars Koliary, $18, Sephora
Essie Lights, $8, Nordstrom
Sephora by OPI Domestic Goddess, $9.50, Sephora