Nail Files: Mani Pedi Pairings

In the age of nail art and other creative manicures, it’s rare that I wear the same polish color on my fingers and my toes. In fact, these days matching your manicure to your pedicure looks a bit dated. But while you may not be limited to the same hue for your fingers and your toes, the two colors you choose should still complement each other and look good side by side. So today I’m sharing some of my favorite mani/pedi color pairings. Since my hands are more visible throughout the day, I tend to stick with lighter or more classic hues for my manicure. (Plus, chips and smudges are less obvious with a lighter color.) From there I’ll go with a bolder shade for my toes.

Here are the five color combinations I’m loving right now…
Nail Files: Mani Pedi Pairings
I really like the look of a pale pink nail with a deep blue pedicure. The polish colors above are Essie’s Guchi Muchi Puchi (an LC office favorite) and Lancôme’s Plunge Pool.

In my opinion, a coral nail looks best when paired with a teal toe. Try Essie’s Sunday Funday and In the Cab-ana (pictured above).

These tropical peach and lime hues are both bright, cheery, and complementary. Get the look with Lancôme’s Rose Plumetti and Essie’s The More The Merrier.

When I feel like wearing purple polish, I like to use a lavender shade on my nails and a deeper purple for my pedicure. Get the look above with Essie’s Bond With Whomever and Maybelline Color Show in Fuchsia Fever.

A red nail and hot pink pedicure is my go-to mani/pedi pairing. I wear this combination often. The polishes pictured above are Essie’s Bottle Service and Geranium.

And there you have it! Now I would like to hear from you

What are your favorite polish colors to pair together?

Share your own suggestions in the comments.

And be sure to click here and check out the nails section of my site for more inspirations!

XO Lauren

Categories: Lauren Conrad, Nails, Primp
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  • Rachelle

    Love mixing red and hot pink.


  • Dana Massey

    Love those pairings! I’ve been doing pale pink/deep blue and coral/teal combos all summer. Now I’ll have to try some of these others. :)

  • Ashley

    The first combo is my favorite of the bunch! I generally pair light pink nails (from the Maybelline Color Show line) on my fingers and hot pink on my toes (usually Wet n Wild’s Frosted Fuchsia, iridescent or Julep’s Niecy, cream matte).
    Would you just darken these shades up for fall/winter?

  • Katelin Absher

    I agree with the polish needing to be complimentary. I wear the same color on my fingers and toes because I hate that look of mix matched if its two colors wayyy off. Thanks for the color combos!! Maybe ill switch it up now!! :)

  • Meghan Conard

    Great pairings! I love mixing an orange mani with a red pedicure – perfect for summer!
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  • Danie

    I loveee a hot pink and red mani and pedi! It is seriously my favorite combo ever!

  • Essie Rae

    Great idea!

  • Victoria.jane1000

    This is really helpful, sometimes im just unsure about what colours compliments each other!

  • Ashley at Sincerely Miss Ash

    Great post Lauren!! I agree, the polish definitely has to be complimentary..

    xo Ash,

  • suzanne

    I never put much thought into pairing my mani’s an pedi’s! What a fun idea to do :)
    Suzanne from

  • Deanne Castro

    Loving these colours! I am definitely trying some of them out!

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  • Cesie Alvarez

    I never match them up since my pedicures tend to last longer than my manicures but this is a great idea.

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  • Kad2013

    My guess is Coral and Teal!

  • CandaceC

    Your favorite is the coral and teal!
    It’s my favorite as well!

  • Sarahjaalaid

    Pale pink and deep blue :)

  • Melissa Damota

    I’m going to guess Peach and Lime : )

  • Nikki L.

    Coral & Teal

  • Mystalli

    Pale pink dark blue

  • Mystalli

    Pale pink and deep blue :-)

  • annya lix

    pale pink and deep blue!!

  • Lupe

    Coral and teal

  • Agata Kalinowska

    Lavender and Purple!

  • Stefie

    I would actually pair the coral with the peach, not brave enough for the other ones!

  • Raven Locks

    These are beautiful pairings! I love the red and bright pink :) I’m going to pin this.

    xo Azu

  • Rebekah McLean

    I’m trying coral and teal…looks great!

  • Kelley {Keep Sitting Pretty}

    Red and pink are always my fave pairing! I also love red and bright blue paired together!

    XO, Kelley

  • Kelby Peachey

    I keep my toes pretty neutral – pinks and reds. Any other color and it drives me nuts. Which is weird because I’m not afraid to go bold colors with my fingers. Like now, I’m wearing an emerald teal green.


  • AllyL

    I love the peach and lime!

  • Adry vg

    are you trying to sell Essie polishes? hummmm

  • Brittany.

    I would pair Essie’s Muchi Muchi with Essie’s Butler Please OR China Glaze’s First Mate.
    I’d also pair Essie’s Merino Cool with Essie’s Soul Mate.

  • Pamela Nicastro

    Pale pink and Deep Blue.. But my summer has been all about coral and teal :)

  • Lisa G.

    love the lavender and dark purple combo

  • Sarah Dufour

    Loveeeee the Coral & Teal !

  • katie rankin

    coral and teal


    Great suggestions :)


    Going neutral on the pedi is great, too, especially when you have bold sandals or peep-toes on :)

  • debora f

    I love coral and teal!!

  • TStrahlendberg

    HA! I was actually wondering this the other day (as I am a true nailpolish ADDICT!!) and didn’t want to commit to red toes and orange/pinkish fingernails.

    Well, thank you for building up some confidence for me :)
    xx Taty*

    p.s. I should write a post about this!!!

  • shel billett

    Love the new inspiration for my Friday night ritual!
    Recently I painted my nails Covergirl Lav-endure (pale lavender) & my toes Covergirl Pina-colada (pastel yellow). x

  • Leanne

    Gorgeous post. I love these pairings!!!

    Love from South Africa


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  • Taanjaa

    I never thought about that, I really need to do that now at least when you can see your feet in the summer! :)

  • Ambi s

    I normally match my fingers and toes, but love the idea of clashing them! Ambi xx

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  • Alina fortunato

    I like different shades of blue or purple. I’m going to a wedding next weekend, and all the women are wearing black or some shade of red (the colors are red, black and white). My dress is black and so are my shoes. Would it be tacky to wear red lipstick and red polish?

  • Jacqueline Jax

    Have you seen the new graphic nails for fall? I just posted the looks from the runway on my style blog. Xoxo, JAX

  • Morgan_rae

    I normally stick to french mani/pedis but i really like the peach and lime and coral & Teal color combos!

  • Ashley burke

    The red and hot pink idea is my favorite! I love the way that combination looks on an outfit so I’m sure I would love it on my nails as well! Thank you! xoxo

  • Mtrevino13

    I love the lavender and purple! These are great colors that can be worn anytime of the year. I usually don’t ever match my nails and toes! I think certain colors look better on toes than nails! Mixing it up is a definite must!

  • Claire

    What are some good fall polish pairings for the fall? Any suggestions?

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    Ohhh, I love polish pairings! See my luxury nail polish service: nail polish delivered to you!

  • Tatum

    I love the peach and lime !

  • Vanessa White

    Toes = Red Always. maybe pink.

  • Kristen

    Love the lavender and purple!

  • Tati

    I always thought you were supposed to match your mani to your pedi but so glad it’s not a rule :)

  • Emma DeVries

    Love the coral and teal combo!

  • Lucy O

    I love the coral and teal! :) I love gold and light pinks together too and turquiose with just about anything! :)

  • Sara Russell

    Red + hot pink is my fave combination!

    x sara

  • Siham Hamdan

    Peach and lime are the perfect combo for me <3

  • PaolaM

    Love all of them, but my fav pairing is lavender + purple *.*

  • Kathrine Eldridge

    I adore the lavender and purple as well as the pale pink and blue. Great post right before the holiday weekend.

  • Marcia Siehr

    I like the coral and teal combo best. I love wearing blue nail polish and I never thought of pairing it with pale pink.



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