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An A-List Manicurist Shares the Mani-Pedi Color Combos to Try Right Now

Consider your mani-pedi coordination woes solved. 

By Katherine Kluznik

You know that kaleidoscopic display of polish-filled bottles that greets you at the entrance to your nail salon? Standing in front of it for a few minutes deciding which of the hundreds of hues I’ll choose is my favorite part of the whole mani-pedi experience.

It gives me the same kind of instant gratification as, say, buying a new handbag — but without the fear of long-term commitment. After all, if I don’t love it, I can just swap it out for a new one next week! And summer doubles the opportunity to try new colors on for size.

“Since summertime is sandal season, you get to experiment with color both on your hands and feet — plus you get to test out all the fun, bold shades you would never try in the winter,” says Jackie Saulsbery, celebrity manicurist for A-listers like Adele and Queen Latifah.

Need a few ideas? Saulsbery shares her 5 favorite mani-pedi color-pairing trends for summer 2018.

Color Blocking

“I love a soft turquoise and vivid yellow on the hands or feet — they make the perfect color blocking combo for summer.”

Pastel Pairing

“This combo of dreamy pastels is calm and serene.”

Hot for the Summer!

“For smoldering summer days you need equally hot, vibrant colors for the toes and hands!”

Levels of Lilac


“I love a dreamy purple for the summertime. Choose similar shades for fingernails and toes. It just screams ‘summer pop!’”

Bright and Bold

“Summer is about expression, and this duo of shades makes that happen with their bright pops of color. It's a perfect, fun mix to really shake it up on hot summer days!”

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