The Colours You’ll Be Painting Your Toes This Summer

Get your toe nails buffed. After reading this you’ll want to have them polished. We found the most lust-worthy nail shades for this summer

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best summer pedi, bottles of spilled nail polish
photo credit: Geoffrey Ross

Best summer pedi colour: Like totally neon, dude

“Not everything from the ’80s deserves to make a comeback, but the colour palette was, like, totally a hit. Featuring names like Jelly Bracelet and Banana Clips, this nail polish collection makes it easy to get into the groove of vibrant, cheery hues with minimal style risk. The fast-drying, long-lasting formula is designed to resist chips for seven days, and it’s best applied to Like A Virgin nails. That is, leave them bare, no base coat needed.” – Ingrie Williams, beauty and style director

CND Vinylux Weekly Polish, $13 each at nails bars and spas.

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summer pedi colour, a slate nude polish

Best summer pedi colour: Nude neutral

“My current summer favourite is a cool grey called Without A Stitch from Essie. I love it because it plays well with others: Depending on sandal choice, it can look clean and casual, or sexy and swoon-worthy.” –Beth Thompson, editor-in-chief

Essie nail polish in Without A Stitch, $10 at drug stores, salons and mass retailers.

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summer pedi colour, a minty green polish

Best summer pedi colour: Found our prince

“I buy Sally Hansen’s Miracle Gel polish and bring it to the salon to save money on getting a Shellac manis and pedis. This polish lasts forever! My go-to summer shade is Prince Char-mint.” – Angela Serednicki, assistant digital editor

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Prince Char-mint, $12 at drug stores and mass retailers.

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summer pedi colour, apple red polish

Best summer pedi colour: Bright & beautiful

“I love a bright reddish colour that hints at pink on my toes.” – Courtney Reilly-Larke, Assistant Editor

Marc Jacobs Beauty Hi-Shine Nail Polish in Enamoured, $22 at

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summer pedi colour, an azure blue polish

Best summer pedi colour: Water baby

“A fresh summer blue is my choice. It’s a blue that matches the pool water.” – Jackie Shipley, art director

China Glaze in Towel Boy Toy, $20.66 at

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summer pedi colour, a neon pink

Best summer pedi colour: Punch of colour

Ingrie already talked about neons by CND, but because she is our beauty director we just couldn’t limit her to just one colour for summer.

“I love to experiment with bold pedi shades, like neon pink, juicy red-orange or fresh turquoise. I can’t choose just one!” – Ingrie Williams, beauty and style director

Quo By Orly Color Amp’d in Bisou, $11 at Shoppers Drug Mart locations.

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summer pedi polish, Smith & Cult pillow pie

Best summer pedi colour: Pretty in pink

“I’m stuck in a pink rut, and I’m very happy about it. And after trying pretty much every single pink polish on the planet, I’ve found my ‘forever polish’ in Pillow Pie. Sounds heavenly, doesn’t it?” – Lisa Hannam, web editor

Smith & Cult Pillow Pie, $24 at

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Summer pedi colours, Chanel Mythique

Best summer pedi colour: Like fine wine

We also asked for your pedi picks on Instagram (follow us!!), and these next few polishes are from loyal @besthealthmag fans.

“Burgundy????????” –@emilyweiss1974

A classic colour has to be Chanel!

Chanel Le Vernis in 512 Mythique, $32 at Chanel beauty counters.

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summer pedi colour, a pastel purple polish

Best summer pedi colour: Pales in comparison

“Creekside by CND Vinylux! Love that colour! ????” –@nailsfromnars

If you don’t follow her mani pics, you need to. Like right now!

CND Vinylux in Creekside, $12.50 at Trade Secrets, Chatters,, Shoppers Drug Mart and salons across Canada.

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summer pedi colour, a deep red

Best summer pedi colour: True patriot pride

Ohhhhhh Canada for this pick: “Red! ????????” –@brit.linton

Nars in Torre Del Oro, $25 at

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summer pedi colour, a pinky red polish

Best summer pedi colour: A bold neutral

“California Berry by OPI is the current fave! Very versatile colour.” –@bounce_can

OPI California Raspberry, $15 at