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The 4 Hottest Nail Polish Trends for Summer 2011



Summer is upon us in full force and that means it’s the best possible time to experiment with fun new nail polish colors. Spring nail polishes usually hint at what will be popular for summer and that’s exactly what happened this year. This summer, there four main standout hues, some of which echo the spring 2011 nail polish trends. Read on to learn about the four hottest summer 2011 nail polish trends.


Blue nail polish
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Blue nail polish shades were popular this spring and are still hot for the summer season. Given their recent popularity, I wouldn’t be surprised if blue polish stuck around through fall as well.

The best thing about this trend is that it’s not limited to a certain shade of blue, so it’s easy to find a shade that works for you. I am loving the lighter blues (either cremes or subtle shimmers) because they can almost double as a neutral and be totally work (or internship!)-appropriate. Can you say best of both worlds?


Gold nail polish
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We last saw gold polishes in the top trends for winter 2010/11 and they’re making a strong comeback for summer.

My favorite gold polish shades for summer are pale, metallic and opaque – shades like these are classy and sophisticated but also trendy. If you’re looking for something a little more flashy and bold for a night out, there are gold polishes that are very pigmented, featuring glitter and shimmer. Another fabulous way to do gold this season is to buy a topcoat with chunky gold glitter and paint it over your other favorite polishes.

Bright Orange

Bright orange nail polish
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While peach-colored polish was a top trend for the spring, bright orange is the trend of the summer! However, if you’re timid, it might not be for you – there’s no toning down this trend because it’s meant to be loud and bold.

When seeking out an orange polish, don’t look for neons – the hottest oranges for summer 2011 are very saturated, bright, true oranges. While bright orange might seem like a basic color, it is absolutely topping the trend lists this season.

Light Pink

Light pink nail polish
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Since pastels are usually most popular in spring, it’s a bit surprising that light pinks are a summer trend this year. That doesn’t mean that I’m not loving it, though! Light pinks are super versatile and a staple of every woman’s polish collection.

It’s not uncommon for light pink polishes to be semi-sheer because they are usually used for French manicures, but this season, I suggest opting for an opaque hue. Light, opaque pinks are fresher looking than the traditional sheer pink hues we’ve all seen a million times.

What do you think?

Which Summer 2011 nail polish trend is your favorite? Are there any other polish colors that you’re loving for this season? Let us know in the comments below!

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26 Responses to “The 4 Hottest Nail Polish Trends for Summer 2011”

  1. 1
    July 4th, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    You guys show a lot of the Butter London polishes. Are those a good brand? I’ve never tried it out but now i’m curious to see if its nice.

  2. 2
    July 4th, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I absolutely LOVE that orange nail polish is in!!
    Not only am i rocking it right now, but I’m sort of obsessed with the color as a whole and try to incorporate it into my wardrobe every once in a while for a pop of color– be it orange converse or orange shorts with a basic white tee!
    I’m obsessed with all things orange >.<

  3. 3
    July 4th, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Lovin’ that gold is still in. I bought some this winter and there is no way it’s just gonna sit in the shelf this summer. ;)

  4. 4
    July 4th, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    I totally agree! I’ve been doing orange on my toes and light pink on my nails, but if I find a light blue I like I might change my nails to blue!

  5. 5
    July 4th, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    I’ve been in love with gold! I’m not a huge fan of orange, other than a darker red-orange I have, but I might try out light blue if I can find one I like.

  6. 6
    July 4th, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    I’m loving all these nailpolish trends! I’d love to try blue and orange :)

  7. 7
    July 4th, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Ugh, both of the Essie links go to the main site instead of the actual color. It looks like the blue one is Sweet Talker, but I’m having a hard time figuring out what shade the pink one is. Is it Allure?

  8. 8
    July 4th, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    I think the light pink one is Allure, too, but that makes it a sheer and the trend is for light opaque pinks. Any other suggestions from Essie, CF? It’d be nice if you gave the names of the polishes in text.

  9. 9
    July 4th, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    OPI’s sweethear is a wonderful light pink shade though you do need 3 coats. Julep polishes are truly amazing, there light pinks are opaque with just one coat while pricey they are definately a great product the quality is truly wonderful.

  10. 10
    July 4th, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    I love that these shades are in. :) I’m wearing orange nail polish right now. :)

  11. 11
    July 5th, 2011 at 4:10 am

    The essie color may be Fiji which is described as a opaque light pink I believe.

  12. 12
    July 5th, 2011 at 6:57 am

    You should check out Catrice,Essence and Miss Sporty nail polishes too :)

  13. 13
    July 5th, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    @Sara I really like butter London polishes. They’re a bit on the pricey side but I think the formula and the coverage are fantastic.

    Totally loving the light blue nail polish trend going on. One of my favorites is China Glaze’s Sea Spray, it’s totally gorgeous.

  14. 14
    July 6th, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Because I work at a restaurant, it’s really hard for me to maintain a manicure. I recently discovered UV gel manicures but their color options are very limited :( I will definitely give the light pink a try though. Thanks for the idea :)

  15. 15
    July 6th, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    I love the deep orange color for summer! I just got a mani pedi today and am wearing a great orange color right now!!

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    July 8th, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    I’m impressed by how spot-on you are with these picks! I am loving baby blue on my nails and a neon orange on my toes right now. In my opinion, also on trend right now are teals, lilacs (so hot with a nice tan!), and neon pink toes.

  17. 17
    July 8th, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    I have NYC Dry in a NY minute “East Village” on my nails and Claire’s bright orange on my toes!

  18. 18
    July 10th, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Omg I luvv a turquoisy-blue and bright orange in a pattern, it’s sooooo cute!!!

  19. 19
    July 14th, 2011 at 12:41 am

    you guys show a lot of the Butter London polishes.. plz tell me, Are those a good brand? I have never tried it out but now i’m curious to see if its nice. i loving the light pink nail polish trend going on…

  20. 20
    July 14th, 2011 at 1:52 am

    I am loving all these nailpolish. i’d love to try blue and pink.

  21. 21
    July 14th, 2011 at 10:14 am

    I’m wearing orange nails right now and absolutely love them! I’ve been experimenting with my nail color a lot lately, and this has definitely topped my list. For these trendy colors I usually go for wet and wild polishes, they’re affordable and work quite well. Right now I’m wearing heatwave, it’s a darker orange and really cute!

  22. 22
    July 14th, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    I love all of these colors! Light blue and light pink are some of my favorites

  23. 23
    April 22nd, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    I love the nail polish!! The colors are A.W.E.S.O.M.E.!!!!!! :)

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