Spring nail colors tend to be a bit of a gamble. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the concept of soft, dreamy pastels coating my fingernails when it’s gloomy and gray outside. But let me ask you a simple question: Have you ever encountered a quality pastel shade, one that doesn’t streak or look kind of sad and limpid once it slides off the brush? In my experience, that’s a rare find.
So this year I set out to find the best spring nail colors, the ones that look every bit as good on your hands as they do in the bottle. To weed out the duds, I turned to a few celebrity nail artists for their expertise. (If it’s good enough for a runway or a red carpet, it certainly works for me.) The result: 27 standout shades that are perfect worn on their own, mismatched, or with the biggest spring nail designs. Sure, there are plenty of whisper-soft blues, cool lilacs, and iterations of pink. But experts say egg-yolk yellows, punchy corals, and tomato red are equally big this year.
Also important: They all feature smooth, long-wear formulas that are actually easy to use if you’re painting your nails at home. Scroll on for this year’s batch of pro-approved spring nail polish shades.
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