This season, it’s all about the balance of vibrant brights and sophisticated nudes. Although pastels are still part of the colour story, what we’re feeling now is saturated orange, berry, sparkles and a wash of colour—think less pastel and more white with a tint. Read through to see our must-have nail colours for spring.
Best pedicure polish
Big changes for the brand Essie: After decades at the helm of her namesake company, Essie Weingarten has stepped down as creative director. Taking over is beloved American fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff. The colour-loving Minkoff proved she was up for the job with her debut spring collection of saturated shades and spring neutrals. Our favourite? Flowerista is the perfect combination of richness and brightness. This plum-dahlia enamel will no doubt be perfect on your digits, but we’re anointing it as the ultimate pedicure colour of 2015. Yup, it’s really that good.
Essie in Flowerista, $10, essie.ca.
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Best wedding polish
Looking for a pretty yet sophisticated neutral with just the teensiest bit of shimmer? Try swiping on OPI’s Chiffon My Mind, the latest from the brand’s Soft Shades collection. Two coats of the off-white shade with pinkish microglitter leaves the nail nearly opaque with a hint of sheerness—a softer alternative to the popular optic-white nails of last summer. It’s perfect for a bride and her wedding party and as a go-to spring neutral.
OPI Nail Lacquer in Chiffon My Mind, $11.50, opi.com.
Best vibrant polish
Want to make a statement? Go orange! The playful hue is sure to get your manicure noticed, no nail art required. This lively coral polish is more than just a pretty colour; Deborah Lippmann polishes have the added benefit of ingredients such as biotin, green tea extract and aucoumea (a resin from West African trees), which help strengthen and prevent ridges for smoother, healthier nails.
Deborah Lippmann in Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, $20, sephora.ca.
Best glitter polish
If sparkle is your favourite “colour,” you might be keen on trying this chunky-textured polish from Ciaté. The creative nail brand hit it out of the park with its latest sparkle-jammed offerings; we especially love Fair and Square, with silver and rose-gold confetti-like glitter floating in clear enamel. Either layer on this polish for a dazzling look or use it as a topcoat over your go-to lacquer.
Ciaté Mini Paint Pot Nail Polish and Effects in Fair and Square, $8, sephora.ca.
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Best pastel polish
If you’re looking for a pastel with a wee bit of kick, look no further than CoverGirl’s Totally Tulip. The polish covers nails completely in two easy coats. This solid soft peach (it looks much lighter and less metallic in person) packs a punch on both fingers and toes. If you want to take the intensity up a notch, add a shimmery topcoat to give the colour more oomph!
CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Totally Tulip, $6, covergirl.ca.
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