Nail Color: Best Summer Sheers

nail_001web I travel a lot so I do get gel manicures, but once in while, especially in the summer, I like to give my nails some time off and go for the natural look. A soft, pink, semi transparent manicure is so flattering in the summer. It’s classy and understated and looks so good with a tan. It’s easy to do yourself and easy to maintain since chips won’t show as much. I’m always on the lookout for that perfect pink…the inside of a seashell pink and I have a drawer full of failures to show for it! lol! Here some of my favorite polishes to achieve this look.
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Nail Color: Best Summer Sheers

  • Click through to see my favorite colors and base and top coats.

  • Essie “Shop till I Drop” A pretty sheer coral pink. This is the darkest of the group. Use one coat if you want a transparent wash of color. You can build this to opaque with 2-3 coats. I like to use it as a base color under the lighter sheers to give some depth.

    OPI “Passion” This is a sheer, glossy pink for a very natural look. It’s very wearable, not too pink and not too beige. Also great for a french manicure.

    Essie “Mademoiselle” Glossy and flattering. A very sheer, soft, milky pink color. For natural nails only better, use two coats with a topcoat . Mademoiselle is a bridal favorite.

    OPI “Heart Throb” A more pigmented sheer that can be built to opaque. Two coats gives a sheer yet bright rose petal color. Very pink and girly. Looks amazing with a tan and on toes.

    OPI Nail Lacquer is rich, long-lasting, high shine, colored nail polish for natural nails.Essie “Sugar Daddy” Another beautiful natural sheer from Essie. A glossy, sheer baby pink nude. Has a little more pink color than “Mademoiselle. Another favorite with brides and also for french manicures.

  • Make your manicure last!

    Orly Polish Shield Easy to apply and dries quickly. For an nice shine and to make your manicure last, apply every few days.

    Nail Tek Foundation III Great base coat for all nail types, especially those with ridges or dry, brittle, damaged nails. Formulated with a blend of conditioners, microfibers and natural fillers that create a smooth nail bed ready for polish.

    Orly Bonder Rubberized formula grips to your nail and keeps your polish from peeling and chipping. Fast drying and can help your manicure to last up to a week. Love it for pedicures too. It’s always a favorite.

    Seche Vite Dry Fast Topcoat: This is the topcoat used at many nail salons. It’s a durable, fast drying, super high gloss shine that’s guaranteed not to yellow. You’re out the door in a flash with this one. The only problem is that it tends to get thick about halfway through the bottle. It’s still worth it though. Really makes your pedicure last.

  • Orly Nailtrition: With collagen, wheat protein, and keratin, it helps to strengthen weak, peeling nails. It also promotes nail growth. A great product that you apply twice a day for seven days to help heal nails. It’s a very sheer lightly frosted pink color. I got so many compliments when I was using it that I use it now with a topcoat as a nail color.


  1. Kimberly Ann says:

    I love this post! I recently started doing my own nails more so I really need the base and top coat tips. Love the pink color!


  2. Chantel says:

    Nice polishes.

  3. Nena says:

    Lovelyyy colors! so cute!!

  4. ediot says:

    great pots. nice subtle pretty shades.

  5. Sasha says:

    My favorite shade for summer is orange :)

  6. Genya says:

    Essie and OPI are definitely my two most loved nail polish brands! They always have such beautiful colours with a good selection of really trendy seasonal shades. And they last long and are easy to apply compare to other top brands.

  7. Daisy says:

    The colors are gorgeous! Essie and OPI are my favorite nail polish brands!!!

  8. Miri says:

    Love the nail polishes! Great article!

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  10. Laura says:

    Great post! I really love the colors of your nailpolishes


  11. Anastasia says:

    Just yesterday I was choosing pastel tone between o.p.i. and eassie!


  12. Abby says:

    I adore “natural” nails in summer!

    xoxo One Stiletto At a Time

  13. I prefer bright colors, but sometimes it’s also good to put on some pastel hues :)

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