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Our new weekly series Get Right for Summer has one aim: to make sure you're completely beautified before the thermostat hits 90.
The first proper manicure/pedicure of summer should be a treat, whether you ball out at the nicest salon in town or just take a little extra time to do it right at home. Selecting the wrong polish for the job is a serious bummer, so our editors are chiming in with their go-to mani-pedi polishes. These are the colors we can't get enough of, from ultra-sheer pinks and milky pastels to vibrant corals and the blue hues that are actually flattering.
Coral & Peach
Tiffany Yannetta, Racked New York editor: Color Club's borderline-obnoxious neon hues are practically electric and you don't need to put a white base coat underneath to make them stand out (pictured: East Austin).
Natalie Alcala, Racked Los Angeles editor:: I love peach nails for summer—they're an instant mood-lifter. Don't Call Me Peachy by NCLA is sunshine in a bottle, plus it's 5-free and dries super fast when you use NCLA's Gloss It as a base and top coat.
Izzy Grinspan, Racked editorial director:: Because I am the approximate color of a glass of milk, I'm a huge fan of Essie's Capri, an orange-y red that feels summery and fiery even when you are incapable of sustaining a tan.
Opaque Whites & Pinks
Nicola Fumo, Racked market editor: I adore milky, nearly-white hues because they just make skin look so damn tan. Last summer, all I did was Essie's Blanc, and this year I'm stuck on their Fiji hue, which is the pastel pink of my dreams. Floss Gloss just released a color called Biscuits, which is an ever-so-slightly-yellow cream shade unlike anything I've seen.
Kristen Philipkoski, Racked San Francisco editor:: I'm with Nicola on the pale colors! I've become addicted to light pink gel manis. Gelish You're so Sweet You're Giving Me a Sweet Toothache is the ridiculous name of my recent color.
Ashley Brozic, Racked Miami editor:: I too love a good, white-based shade. I'm really into this local Miami brand, Gloss, which makes non-toxic, vegan and 5-free nail polish, all available online for $10.90. I'll be walking home with Fresia after my next mani/pedi at their brick and mortar salon.
Blues & Greens
Julie Davis, Racked Philadelphia editor:: I've been stuck on Essie's Rock the Boat for the past two weeks. It's a light blue with just a hint of tonal shimmer. It looks good against my ghostly white feet, but I imagine it would pop well against tanned skin, too.
Nudes & Sheers
Laura Gurfein, Racked New York associate editor:: When my mom and I took a last-minute spring break trip to Florida this year I tried Essie's Cocktails & Coconuts on my toes. It's a tan shade with the faintest hint of sparkle from this year's resort collection. I love the neutral look and will probably repaint it all summer long.
Kenzie Bryant, Racked National senior editor: Last summer I started a home mani with Essie's Ridge Filling Base Coat, fully intending to follow up with an actual color—one that even had a cute name! But I liked the base coat's clean, fresh look so much that I've been using it as my main polish since.
Tiffany Yannetta, Racked New York editor: There's something really liberating about going without toe polish. For that, I use Butter London's Handbag Holiday cuticle oil on the entire nail to keep them looking good.
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