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15 Perfect Shades of Blue Nail Polish No Matter the Occasion


Olive & June

Drawing inspiration from Caribbean waters, poolside lounging, and blue curaçao, bold shades of blue are the summer nail trend du jour. Celebrities like Selena Gomez, Kim Kardashian, and Candice Swanepoel are subscribing to the color family, garnishing their digits with varying shades of cobalt, cyan, and baby blue. It's a steep departure from pastel neutrals and deep, vampy hues typically reserved for the cooler months of the year, and we love the nautical nod it lends to our own manicure when we're stuck in the office on warm summer days. To help inspire you to treat your own nails to some moody blues, take a look at our favorite hues below.

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Periwinkle Blue

Olive & June 7-Free Nail Polish in CNH $8Shop

A pretty periwinkle blue has been one of Selena Gomez's favorite nail shades this summer. You can score the same look with just two coats of this rich nail polish. For a lasting pro finish (once your nails have dried, of course) coat your cuticles with the Olive & June Cuticle Serum, $16. You can repeat the application every day for hydrated skin and healthy-looking nails.

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Shimmering Cobalt

essie Gel Couture Nail Polish in Front Page Worthy $8Shop

Love the long-wear nature of gel manicures but want to take matters into your own hands? This sparkly cobalt polish is part of a two-step system designed to deliver users with professional-looking manis that last up to two weeks.

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Robin Egg

CГґte No. 66 $18Shop

Pale nail colors aren't solely reserved for spring. You can cop this light blue hue for a summer manicure that's sure to pop. The ultra-light color looks especially stunning when paired with tanned skin.

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Chic Cerulean

Nails Inc. Bright Ambition Nail Polish in Not Invited $11Shop

If you're a fan of The Devil Wears Prada, the color cerulean will forever be seared into your memory. This bright blue shade perfectly embodies Miranda Priestly's iconic quote and will likely become a staple in your vanity.

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Dusty Blue

Tenoverten Austin Nail Polish $12Shop

Summer is synonymous with clear blue skies and days spent relaxing at the beach, so if that's the vibe you'd like to show off with your nail color, look no further than this unassuming blue. The dusty hue is both eye-catching and muted, embodying the cheerful serenity that is the summer season.

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Blue Bonnet

JINsoon Peace Nail Polish $18Shop

For some people, blue is a bit of a stretch when it comes to nail color. To ease into the trend, consider this super pale rendition that's essentially a slightly tinted white. It might just become your new go-to.

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Blue Bliss

Base Coat Tulum Nail Polish $20Shop

Opt for a "the brighter, the better" mindset with this stunning azure hue. As soon as you paint it on, you'll begin imagining all the ways you can show off the fan-favorite shade.

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Sky Blue

Gabriel Cosmetics Ephemeral Beauty Nail Polish in Pale Blue $9Shop

Prefer a pretty pale mani? This bright baby blue shade is light enough to not take away from an outfit while being bold enough to add to it. What's not to love about that?

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Sparkling Sea

Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Nail Color in Blue Blue Ocean $20Shop

Mad about metallics? This sparkly blue nail polish will bring the majestic qualities of the ocean straight to your manicure.

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Jelly Blue

Le Mini Macaron Mint Jelly Nail Polish $12Shop

Jelly nails is another beauty trend that's here to stay. This translucent blue polish will let you combine the popular nail styles for one manicure that's sure to earn more than a few compliments.

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Dark Denim

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Radiant Blue $28Shop

Blue jean babies, rejoice. This dark blue hue recreates the classic obsession with dyed denim. Paint it on and pair it with your favorite jean jacket for a monochromatic look that's bound to be one for the books.

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Tiffany's Blue

butter LONDON Minted Nail Lacquer $15Shop

There's just something about Tiffany blue that elicits excitement and luxury. To add the romantic allure to your everyday look, consider coating your nails with this creamy robin's-egg shade.

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Bahamian Waters

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Neon in Miami Ice $10Shop

Neon is yet another color family that's having a major moment of late, which means this electric blue polish will help you nail not one, but two popular beauty trends at once.

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Mermaid Magic

Zoya Charla Nail Polish $$10Shop

This color-changing nail polish has been a Zoya best-seller since it was first released. It features green and blue sparkles that generate mermaid vibes, making it a must for summer (if not all year-round).

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Iridescent Bluebird

Smith & Cult Exit the Void Nail Polish $18Shop

Sure, glossy manicures are great, but what if you could add a little iridescent shimmer to the equation? With this semi-holographic nail lacquer, you can. Use one coat for a sheer color-changing effect or layer it on for an opaque opalescence.

Next up: Selena Gomez makes a case for neon peach nail polish.