Like the flowers starting to bloom in your garden and the birds chirping in the trees, spring is simply bursting with bright, lively colors. Why shouldn’t your nails join in on the fun? It’s time to shelve the moody blacks and wine-soaked reds — pastels and bright bold tones are going to reign supreme this season. Whether you’re painting on a shade of mint green or sporting pretty pastel nails in honor of Easter, these popular spring nail designs and ideas are perfect for manicures and pedicures.
But not all nail polish is created equal. Nobody wants blotchy coverage or a French manicure that chips by the second day. That’s why our list only includes brands approved by the Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab. Our top-tested nail polishes came out on top in terms of dry time, longevity, shine and coverage. For nails as bright and sunny as a springtime day, these are the nail polish colors trending for 2021.
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Nail Polish in Call Your Bluff
Matte doesn’t have to be so serious! This metallic rose gold shade functions like a neutral in that it goes with everything, but with a fun touch of shimmer.
Nail Polish in Fiji
$7.23 (20% off)
This baby pink shade with a glossy finish is flattering on every skin tone and works especially well for a demure mani.
Nail Polish in Saltwater Happy
$7.45 (17% off)
Light blue with a hint of purple, this soft shade is the perfect way to dip your toes (or fingers!) into a non-traditional color.
Nail Lacquer in Crawfishin’ for a Compliment
This opaque pastel peach shade is a GH beauty editor favorite! Think of it as a springtime neutral that can make your nails pop.
Miracle Gel Nail Color Polish in O-Zone You Didn’t
If you love purple but are looking for a more understated shade, try this gray-ish lilac polish from Sally Hansen.
Nail Lacquer in Rich Girls & Po-Boys
Rich and vibrant, this creamy cobalt proves that pastels aren’t the only colors that work for spring.
St. Patty’s Day Mint
Nail Lacquer in First Timer
Miracle Gel Nail Polish in Frill Seeker
$7.29 (27% off)
For a fresh twist on a classic neutral, look no further than this Sally Hansen hue, with hints of camel and mauve that look especially flattering on darker skin tones.
Nail Polish in You Do Blue
Try this lovely violet shade for pastel with a hint of shimmer and a light-catching pearl finish.
Nail Lacquer in Lisbon Wants Moor
Nail Polish in Splash of Grenadine
$7.75 (14% off)
This playful muted magenta polish is everything you want in a spring nail color.
Miracle Gel Nail Polish in Mauve-Olous
$7.27 (27% off)
Nothing says spring like fresh roses, and this warm, pink shade from Sally Hansen is no exception.
Nail Polish in Peach Side Babe
Make your spring peachy keen (sorry, we had to!) with this light coral tone, which looks especially great on shorter nails.
Nourishing Vegan Nail Color in First Light
Okay, you don’t have to totally ditch the dark shades! Add some springtime drama with SpaRitual’s swirl of silver, mauve and pink tones.
Vernis in Junon
Like the spring nail polish version of a classic pair of jeans, this sophisticated blue-gray lacquer from Dior fits just right.
Nail Lacquer in Like Spring
With a name like “Like Spring,” you know this faint yellow hue is made for the season. It’s ideal for anyone who wants to try yellow but doesn’t want to go too bold.
Nail Polish in Fierce & Loving
Dress up your nails like an Easter egg with Olive & June’s bright pink shade laced with purple tones.
Breathable Lacquer Treatment +Color in Crystal Healing
Think “no-makeup” makeup, but for your nails: This translucent pearly polish gives nails a light sheen that won’t show chips.
Vinylux Weekly Nail Polish in Palm Deco
Channel the season’s natural wonders with this bright green shade from CND.
Nail Polish in Grey Day
Nail artist Deborah Lippmann collaborated with fashion designer Jason Wu to create the perfect true gray that is guaranteed to pair well with spring’s floral fashions.
Nail Polish in Glee
Created by celebrity nail artist Jin Soon, this multi-colored glitter polish is like a party in a bottle: Paint it on your tips (or toes!) to make any spring day feel like a party.
Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Pensée
Chanel’s balanced blend of light pink, peach and beige tones is a can’t-go-wrong classic for spring 2021.
Nail Polish in Leif
For a trendy minimalist shade that’s totally unique, swipe on this subdued gray-sage green hybrid from Zoya.
Plant Based Vegan Nail Polish in Soul Surfing
Like the color of the sky on a beautiful spring day, this creamy periwinkle shade from Nails Inc. is an instant mood-booster.
Nail Lacquer in A Little Lovely
Like jewelry for your nails, this sparkly Smith & Cult polish features chunks of platinum glitter.
Ultra HD Snap Nail Colors in Marigold Maven
Adventurous types, this happy marigold yellow color from Revlon is calling your name.
Gel Lab Pro Nail Polish in Above the Clouds
Thanks to hints of gray and white, this sophisticated shade feels subdued but cheery.
Nail Polish in Toff
Darker nail polish colors can work in spring, too. Case in point: This standout cocoa-lavender mélange from Jin Soon.
Nail Color in White On
‘Tis the season to start wearing white — in your wardrobe and on your nails. We especially love this stark eggshell shade for toes, as it works as a neutral that pops when wearing sandals.
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