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Brighter, warmer days are ahead. And that goes for the nail colors we'll be wearing come summer too. Now is the time to go all out with your at-home manicure and experiment with the brightest and boldest polishes because summer 2020 is all about making a statement.

Related: Spring Nail Colors That Will Make You Forget All About Winter

Going bold this season can come in all shades and patterns, from blindingly bright neons to elevated pastels. Pastels are usually associated with spring but guess what? They're here to stay this summer. Give spring pastels an upgrade by using a few shades of mismatched pastels on your fingertips. For the nostalgics out there, there's a 2020 take on the color-changing polishes of the '90s. Or for a pure dose of sunshine go straight for a limoncello yellow.

Related: 11 Chic Must-Have Summer Dresses

So why not expand your fingertips' color horizons this summer season? Scroll through for the newest, most exciting shades for summer ahead.

Baraboum By Christian Louboutin

Brighten up your summer blues with this energetic and vibrant shade from Louboutin. Bonus: this striking polish bottle looks great on a dresser too.

To buy: $50;

Kiss My Beach by Nails Inc

A sun-kissed, peachy duo that harkens to beach days ahead. Hott Fuzz is a perky, bright nectarine shade and Peach Tease is a warm, velvety nude. Sounds sweet? The long-wearing formulation comes scented too.

To buy: $15;

Don't Tell A Sol by OPI

If you could pop summer in a bottle it would look a little like OPI's Don't Tell A Soll from the brand's Mexico City collection. Alternate fingertips with the Crawfishin' For A Compliment to completely manifest breezy, sunny days.

To buy: $9.50;

Daydream by Chanel

If you love a subtle nail, Chanel's spring-summer 2020 Daydream is for you. The classic pink shade is elevated and made more vibrant for summer with its super high-shine.

To buy: $28;

Kaf-tan by Essie

We can picture wearing this earthy-nude orange polish strolling through the bustling streets of Marrakech or lounging luxuriously by a pool once its safe to travel again.

To buy: $9;

Hollywood Heist by Smith & Cult

It may look pink at first, but this seasonal polish is actually a metallic lavender shade that seems to change as the light does.

To buy: $20;

Vivid Orange 14 by Givenchy Beauty

Flashy, playful, and bright, Givenchy's Vivid Orange is the ultimate pick-me-up that dries to a glossy, gel-like finish with lots of shine.

To buy: $24;

Are You Hot or Not? by Nails Inc

Take things back to the 90s with Nail Inc's very first color-changing duo. You’re Hot Then You’re Cold is a mushroom gray which will turn to a pinky nude and Hotter Than Hot is a bright pink shade which will switch to a light cloud pink.

To buy: $15;


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