It’s the middle of July, and while major retailers like Target and Kohl’s are already starting to air back-to-school commercials (um, hello, we’re still in summer…), take the time to enjoy the remainder of the season and the unusually warm weather with a hot summer trend: neon nails. Summer practically screams bright colors, from tops and cut-offs to shoes and accessories. But if you’re still too shy to make a full commitment to color, why not try out the look on your fingers or toes?

A bright mani or pedi not only makes your skin more tan next to a LWD, but instantly boosts your mood. OPI released a limited-edition line of vivid pigments as park of a mini pack called “Outrageous Neons”, which includes a white basecoat, a shiny topcoat and four vibrant shades, all under $20.

Check out my picks for a rainbow confection of haute statement-making glory:

American Apparel Neon Nail Polish in Neon Red, $6

Deborah Lippmann in Girls Just Want to Have Fun, $16

Sephora by OPI in Paisley Attention to Me, $9.50 

Thakoon for NARS in Amchoor, $18 

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Smash, $14 

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fast Nail Color in Mint Sprint, $4.95

Butter London in Slapper, $14 

Orly in Skinny Dip (blue), $16 (part of “Feel the Vibe” 4-piece kit) 

nails, inc. in Holland Park, $9.50 

China Glaze in Shocking Pink, $7

Essie in Lights, $8  


Hannah Gettleman is a bubbly twenty-something living in Chicago. She graduated in 2012 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Journalism. Don't tell her that print is dying--she's already made the switch to public relations. As a Midwest girl, winter happens approximately 80% of the year, so she knows a thing or two about a good pair of snow boots. She lives for summer weather (even though she can never tan), Boy Meets World reruns, and an unhealthy addiction to dark chocolate and online shopping. She's a die-hard Chicago sports fan, even though she's well aware the Cubs always end up in last place every year.

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