The Prettiest Pastels for Tanned Toes


While we still love a bright, tutti-frutti pedicure during summer, pastel polishes can actually make you look more tan! A vivid coral or neon pink will certainly make a statement, but a flamingo pink or baby blue creates the illusion of tanner skin on paler complexions. Same goes for your bikini. Opt for a lemon yellow rather than a chartreuse, and those limbs will look like they’ve spent a few summers in St. Tropez. Try out some of our favorite summer pastels below for your next pedicure.

NARS Lacquer in Trouville

Quite possibly the prettiest pink we’ve applied in a long time, the opaque formula is a soft salmon hue, great for all complexions.

YSL La Lacque in Beige Leger

This beige/cement hybrid may seem boring in the bottle, but the neutral tone gives your skin a moment to shine. Plus, how can you resist that gorgeous packaging?

Essie Nail Polish in Bikini So Teeny

Mimic the sky with this baby blue shade! Blue and orange are color-wheel complements, so a blue hue amps up any tan/red tones in the skin. We imagine wearing it with caramel-colored sandals and a fuschia pink bikini!

RGB Nail Polish in Vellum

Imagine yourself in a field of buttercups. That’s how you’ll feel every time you look down at your tootsies with this hue. Formulated with a slight olive undertone, this muted varnish suits golden/olive skin tones best. 

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