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Nine Nail Polishes That Scream Summer

You've got your of-the-minute colored denim, your Warby Parker glasses, and your wedge espadrilles, but don't leave the house this summer without the season's hottest accessory—seriously bangin' nails. On hands and feet, a hot summer polish is the best way to top off a maxi dress, miniskirt, or teeny bikini. Take one of these nine polishes to your next mani-pedi and get ready to rock the beach—or the boardroom.

Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Dream

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From her Spring 2012 collection, Deborah Lippmann’s nail lacquer in Mermaid’s Dream is the polish of the season. Is it green, or is it blue? Shimmery or pearly? Fun and frothy or formal and fancy? All of the above! (_$18, Lippmanncollection.com_)

NARS Thakoon

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Bloggers went crazy for the NARS polish collaboration with fashion designer Thakoon. You’ll swoon over this Thakoon for NARS polish in Amcoor, a bright lemony yellow. (_$18, Nordstrom_)

Essie Mojito Madness

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I’ll have another…coat of this sassy green polish, that is. essie polish in Mojito Madness is the minty-fresh just plain fresh. (_$8, ULTA_)

Nail Tutorial

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Remember when you used to put Wite-Out on your fingertips to approximate a ladylike French mani? Be an adult and go all the way with this luxe-ly opaque white polish. It’s perfect for formal summer occasions. (_$8.50, Target_)

Butter London

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butter LONDON polishes are free of formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate, but they are chock-full of bright, candy colors. We love Slapper, a hot teal. (_$18, Nordstrom_)

Nicole by OPI in Keep it Real

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Summer reds need just a touch of poppy pink to stay bright and seasonal (save the vampy blood tones for fall and winter). Nicole by OPI’s lacquer in Keep it Real is the best seasonal red we’ve seen—bright and happy, never morose. (_$7, Walmart_)

Maybelline Nail Color in Orange Fix

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Orange, tangerine, and coral shades have been the toast of the town all year. Indulge in a little trendiness with Maybelline Color Show Nail Color in Orange Fix. At only $3.99 per bottle, you can try the whole collection. (_$3.99, drugstores_)

Orly Beach Cruiser

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What’s summer beauty without a hot hot-pink polish? Check out Orly lacquer in Beach Cruiser. It’s what Barbie would wear. (_$8.50, Orlybeauty.com_)

Cos Bar at Target Polish

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As part of their The Shops at Target program, Target is bringing goods from the country’s best boutiques to the masses with small, limited-edition collections. This polish from the Cos Bar at Target collab is a gorgeous swirly metallic purple. (_$3, Target_)

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