Pedi-perfect: The best summer nail polish colours for your toes

For most of the year our poor toes are covered by layers of tights, socks and boots, so when the weather warms up, it’s a relief to let them breathe. The only downside is that, after months of hiding away, your toes can feel less than ready to make an appearance.

First, treat yourself to an at-home pedicure by soaking your feet in warm water, then buffing off hard skin and trimming cuticles. File your nails into a short, neat shape, buff away any ridges and moisturise well. Then, all you need to do is pick the perfect summer colour to brighten up your nails and make sure your feet get the attention they deserve. Luckily for you, we have a few suggestions…

1.      Rimmel’s Super Gel in Shallow Bay, £5.99

If you’re lucky enough to be lying next to a pool or on a sandy beach this summer, a) can you take us with you? and b) pull off a classy touch by making your nails match the water. Shallow Bay is a beautiful summery turquoise which will look the part, while the Super Gel formula means that it won’t come off, no matter how much time you spend in the water.

2.      Rimmel’s 60 Seconds Super Shine in Daisy Days, £2.99

What could possibly be more summery than a bright, cheerful yellow? If the sky is still grey outside, and the sun’s refusing to come out, paint yourself into the sunshine by layering this on your toes.

For most of the year our poor toes are covered by layers of tights, socks and boots, so when the weather warms up, it’s a relief to let them breathe.

3.      Rimmel’s 60 Seconds Super Shine in Loosy Goosy Dancin, £2.99If you’re anything like the rest of the UK, one of your favourite summer smells is the scent of freshly-cut grass (after suncream and barbeques, of course). Treat your nails to the visual equivalent of a meadow in mid-June with this fresh, happy green. Lush.

4.      Rimmel’s Super Gel in Perfect Posy, £5.99

Now, more than ever, is the time to be inspired by freshly blooming flowers, and this coral bright will put you in mind of an English garden filled with roses, peonies and freesias. If you’re wedding-bound this season, pair this with a slick of Oh My Gloss! in Go Gloss or Go Home for a classic summer look.

5.      Rimmel’s 60 Seconds Super Shine in Tangerine Tent, £2.99

Want to stand out from the crowd? Paint yourself with this vibrant hue, which makes us crave a delicious orange ice lolly. Wear it next to the pool with a bright blue bikini for maximum impact.

Want to mix up your summer colours with some inventive nail art? We have some tips and tricks to make your nails look the best they can.