Whether you prefer to get your nails professionally done or want to save money and DIY at home, don’t make the mistake of choosing the wrong polish color. In the same way you transition your clothing on a seasonal basis, you should be doing the same with your nail polish preferences. It’s time to put away your maroon, black, and vampy purple. Instead, spring calls for pastels, playful blues, bright neutrals, and pinks with orange undertones. Read on to discover which nail polishes we’re gushing over, and use them as a guide to choosing your own colors this spring.
1. Nars Ikiru
Nars Cosmetics is a master at creating iconic makeup colors, and the nail polish shade Ikiru is no exception. This spring-worthy polish is long-lasting and has a high-gloss finish, plus a new brush design for easier application. Just imagine how great this light blue will look on your fingertips once your tan starts coming in.
2. Sally Hansen Sunkissed
Sally Hansen does an excellent job of producing shades that let you match your manicure to your mood. So, if you’re feeling sunny and warm this spring, Sunkissed is the shade for you. Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear polishes are perfect for anyone who often works with their hands and is prone to nail chipping (i.e., the most frustrating thing ever). Avoid getting touch-ups altogether by choosing this polish.
3. Essie Mint Candy Apple
If we could embody spring in a single nail polish color, it would have to be Essie’s Mint Candy Apple. This gorgeous mint green has a satin finish and soft shine. Even if you don’t celebrate Easter, you have to admit this playful shade gives off major colored-egg vibes. Fittingly, it’s part of Essie’s Green Thumb Easter Basket Collection, which boasts a range of turquoises, teals, and blues.
4. Deborah Lippmann Chantilly Lace
While summer calls for hot pinks and neons, spring is a better time to wear pastels. The ladylike Chantilly Lace by Deborah Lippmann is a soft and refined pink. On top of looking gorgeous, Lippmann’s nail polish formulas are long-lasting, quick to dry, and enriched with nourishing ingredients. What could be better than that combo?
5. Ciaté London Pool Party
Ciaté London’s Pool Party is both a stunning nail polish and a top coat formulated into one. The creme finish was reformulated to improve wear and shine, all while maintaining a gel-style finish. Ciaté London continually manages to come up with the most striking polish colors, and Pool Party — a deep azure blue — is definitely our top pick from their spring releases.
6. OPI Alpine Snow
Sometimes, it’s best to stick with classic nail polish colors you can rely on to match with everything. One classic shade that has stood the test of time is OPI’s Alpine Snow. This pure white is the epitome of sophistication and style. It’s especially great for anyone with spring weddings coming up!
7. Marc Jacobs Beauty 134 Lola
High-end nail polish may be on the more expensive side, but a full bottle will still cost less than a single manicure. Considering this, we think it’s worth splurging on the Marc Jacobs Beauty 134 Lola which will provide you with dozens of uses throughout the spring. This opaque, bright tomato red has slightly orange undertones, and its finish is so shiny that the polish still looks wet days after it’s dried.
8. Nails Inc. Future’s Bright
The Nails Inc. Future’s Bright nail polish has a unique, iridescent finish that’s inspired by and infused with real gemstones. This peachy nude is ideal for the woman who wants her nails to look put-together but isn’t a fan of bright colors. It’s perfectly subtle and natural-looking while still making an impression.
9. Essie Perfect Posture
The new line of Essie polishes promises 14 days of color and shine. The series comes in six gorgeous shades, including Perfect Posture, a periwinkle powder blue. The best part is, this flawless gel polish doesn’t require a lamp, and removal is as easy as dabbing on a drugstore nail polish remover.