Some are pretty, others so striking they're instant conversation starters. Meet the nail hues designed to lift every skin tone and mood this season
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While cold winter nights call for dark, moody hues of claret to match the glass of wine you’re cosying up to, spring is time to break out brighter, lighter hues. And this year is imbued with a sense of optimism that, translated to nails, means bold shades are once again enjoying a moment in the manicure spotlight. “Spring 2022 polish trends are channelling a celebratory mood: Bottega-green, fuchsia and cobalt blue used solo or together with contrasting tips,” says Swedish catwalk nail artist Frida Selkirk.
Predictably, there’s also soft pastels. Pink? On nails? We know, not exactly groundbreaking. But a more natural palette of warm, terracotta-infused rose and light pink that's virtually beige can look incredibly chic on short squared-off nails. Likewise, the momentum for a modern, pared-back French manicure is only growing as the number of sheer nudes on the market proves.
Whether you wear them on your fingers or toes, ahead, the best nail polish colours to keep in rotation all spring long.
The best nail polish colours to buy for spring
Le Vernis Longwear - 915 Riviera
Pastel yellow, reminiscent of the first daffodils or a villa's walls in the South of France – it’s scientifically impossible not to smile when you wear this shade.
Vernis - Balade
Rose with a hint of terracotta is a fresh spin on classic pink. The glossy gel finish stops this shade from looking grannified.
Wonder Nail Polish - Rose Petal
A timeless rose shade that complements virtually everyone as it supports both the yellow and blue undertones in the skin.
Les Mains Nail Enamel - Rose Magenta
The perfect shade to transition from spring to balmy beach days and guaranteed to pop against tanned skin.
Nail Polish - Jamie
A daring shade of cobalt blue that's oh-so-pretty. Prefer to play it safe with your manicure? Apply to your toes for a flash of eye-catching colour that lifts your flip-flop game.
One coat yields the richest colour payoff that’s a touch deeper than your traditional lilac. The quick drying formula deserves a special mention, too.
Super Gel Nail Polish - 020 Urban Affair
If darker shades are your natural fall back, cloak nails in this mulberry shade that walks the gamut (just) between winter and spring.
Vernis à Ongles Nail Polish - 712 Melinda Green
Not for the shrinking violets among you, this statement shade is surprisingly flattering and elevates a denim and white tank top combo.