We’ve already accepted the fact that we’ll be stuck with six more weeks of winter. But that doesn’t mean, that, in terms of makeup and nails at least, we’re not already pretending it’s spring. Even though the weather may be crummy, the quickest way to brighten things up is with a cheerful mani. Pastels are the major thing this season, so move your vampy polishes aside to make way for everything from pale blues, pinks, and lilacs to greens, melons, taupes, and whites. With so many beautiful options out there, we’ll be wearing this color family all season long, and into summer!
We like to think of white as the new go-to neutral. Don’t be fooled though, there are tons of finishes, which means there are more variations than you might expect. From super opaque and semi-sheer to shimmer, you’ll find a flattering white no matter your skin tone.
Nicole by OPI Nail Lacquer in Yoga-Then-Yogurt | $7.99
Cult Nails Nail Lacquer in Tempest | $12
Rococo Nail Varnish in Parisian White | $16.50
While these won’t necessarily become a lifelong staple in your polish wardrobe, we’re kinda into the somewhere-between-mustard-and green color right now. If you’re completely averse to pure pastels, this is a fun hue to experiment with.
Inglot Nail Enamel in #954 | $10
Scotch Naturals Nail Lacquer in Amber’s Revenge | $15
deborah lippmann Nail Color in Spring Buds | $18
Taupe polishes are a dream come true. They’re pretty much always in style, won’t clash with anything else you’re wearing (makeup, bag, outfit), and when they chip, it’s not so noticeable. What’s not to love?
Essie Nail Color in Cocktails & Coconuts | $8.50
Priti NYC Polish in #560 Moss Campion | $15
RGB Nail Polish in Toast | $18
Coral polishes will always be a favorite during warmer weather, but this season, we’re gravitating toward soft melons. They don’t feel as in your face as full-blown corals, and because there’s such a range (e.g. muted, sheer, opaque), you get to decide how much you want the color to pop.
Formula X For Sephora Nail Color in Alive | $10.50
Cult Nails Nail Lacquer in Scandalous | $12
Deborah Lippmann Nail Color in Tip Toe Through The Tulips | $18
If you’re tired of mint but don’t want to wear rich, emerald polish anymore, let seafoam green be your new go-to. While it’s similar to mint, there’s more of a blue undertone which gives it a bit of an unexpected twist. A subtle difference, sure, but enough to make for a fresher take on pale green nails.
Nicole By OPI Nail Lacquer in I Shop Mintage | $7.99
Inglot Nail Enamel in #969 | $10
deborah lippman Nail Color in Flowers in Her Hair | $18
When blues are really muted, they’re similar to whites in that they become almost neutral. The right pale blue goes with just about anything, yet makes your nails really pop. If full-on white feels too stark, this is your next best thing.
Essie Nail Color in Find Me an Oasis | $8.50
Rococo Nail Varnish in Boyfriend | $16.50
RGB Nail Polish in Pool | $18
Who hasn’t been a longtime fan of pastel pink polish? There’s something so refreshing and delicate about how the shade looks on nails—perfect for welcoming the warmth!
OCC Nail Lacquer in Pleasure Model | $10
Topshop Matte Nails in Candy Fox | $12
RGB Nail Polish in Pansy | $18
Polishes with a dusty-grey undertone are tops this season, and these picks get that just right. They’re kinda the perfect compromise between grey and purple, which puts them into neutral territory. Okay to wear to work? We think so!
OCC Nail Lacquer in Vapid | $10
Inglot O2M Breathable Nail Enamel in #670 | $15
Dolce & Gabbana Intense Nail Lacquer in Lilac | $25
If you’ve been wanting to try a yellow but haven’t been able to find one that suits you, these may do the trick. The buttery pale quality tones down the showiness of a lemon yellow, but still gives your nails a nice subtle burst of color.
Clinique Nail Enamel in Yellow Genius | $12.50
Anna Sui Nail Color in N803 | $15
deborah lippmann Nail Color in Build Me Up Buttercup | $18