Get Summery with these Nail Shades

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If you’re still clinging to winter’s dark and somber nail shades, it is time to brighten up. Nothing says summer like a colourful manicure apart from alfresco cocktails and trips to the lido. Take off that neutral polish and get ready to embrace all the colours of the rainbow. There’s no better way to complement your new sandals than a notice-me shade of green (or purple, or blue). Here are seven shades to get you in the summer state of mind:

Dior Vernis Nail Polish in Nivana This azure blue nail polish will have you dreaming about the green-blue waters of Majorca, even if you’re stuck in the city.

Priced at £18.00

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Nail Polish in Golden Beige This limited edition golden beige shade is part of Bobbi Brown’s Raw Sugar Collection, which makes it sound good enough to eat. As tempting as it is, please just keep it on your nails.

Priced at £11.00

Nails Inc. Gel Effect Polish in Mercer Street Love a bright polish but loathe chipped tips? This punchy blue shade has the same technology as a regular salon gel manicure, but doesn’t require you to purchase a UV drying lamp. Glossy, long-wear nails at home just got a lot easier to do.

Priced at £14.00

Rimmel London I Love Lasting Finish Nail Polish in Sunshine Yellow nail polishes can be tricky. They either come out way too transparent, or the pastel yellows do nothing for darker skin. This marigold yellow delivers an electric shot of colour that will flatter your skin. And if you haven’t guessed it from the name, it’s long-wearing.

Priced at £2.99

Nars Opaque Nail Polish in Madness If you fancy red nail polishes, why not give a succulent orange shade a try? This limited edition ‘Madness’ shade is an opaque orange that is brighter than a can of Fanta, in the best possible way.

Priced at £14.50

MAC Nail Lacquer in Girl About Town This high gloss fuchsia would make Barbie jealous. This isn’t the pale frosty pink nail varnish you wore when you were eight. The bold hue keeps it looking feminine and not childish.

Priced at £11.00

Barry M Hi Shine Gel Effect Nail Polish in Key Lime Are you a committed neutral nail polish kind of girl? If you’re looking to try a saturated hue, this Barry M nail polish is the perfect way to experiment. When you buy one, you get change from a fiver, so even if you don’t like the colour, you won’t have broken the bank. Though I dare you to try this lime green shade and not like it.

Priced at £3.99

Tom Ford Nail Polish in Indiscretion No bold nail polish list would be complete without a vibrant red. The sexily named ‘Indiscretion’ is part of Tom Ford’s Spring 2014, and is the ideal cherry red for pairing with a white summer dress. Just make sure you don’t spill any varnish on the dress though.

Priced at £26.00

Now you know summer’s hottest shades, all you have to do is try one out. The difficulty is choosing what one to wear first.