It’s sandal season, which means you’re officially out of excuses not to tend to your nails. Downtime is fine for winter, but if you plan to bear your toes this season, now’s the time to get friendly with the pedicurist again. While you’re there, a little attention to your fingernails wouldn’t go amiss, either!
There are dozens of fantastic new colors on the shelves to inspire a fresh look this season. And — we’ve said it before — a new nail color or two is about the cheapest way to maintain your on-trend reputation. So let’s dive into our five favorite spring nail trends now.
5 Spring Nail Trends
1. Pops of Neon
You might be aware of the neon resurgence that catapulted from runway to real world this year. But if you’re having a hard time making day-glow pink and highlighter yellow key components of your everyday wardrobe, try adding a little flashy neon to your tips or toes instead.
You can take neon nails in a bold direction by choosing some funky nail art in your fav head-turning hues. Or, you could also do a simple neutral with a lone neon stripe down the center for a more approachable take.
Take your pick from the OPI Neon Infinite Shine collection ($13 each).
2. A Little Metal
Metallic nails stole the stage at various runways during Fashion Week, and for good reason. Metals can brighten up manis and pedis without being too over-the-top or gaudy. A little metal is the key — you don’t need to go full-on gladiator to achieve this look.
Try a delicate metallic rose gold, like Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish in Out of This Pearl.
If you prefer straight up gold, try Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail Color in Go for Gold on your toes — it’s the perfect complement to your favorite flat metallic sandals.
3. Shiny Sparkles
A little sparkle is a welcome addition to any look, and it’s all the better when you can pull it off without looking like someone’s teenage daughter. Welcome to the world of glitter accents, which allow you to add a little shine oh-so-discreetly, and look perfectly chic at the same time.
To make a product like China Glaze Mother of Pearl Glitter Pod work for you, simply apply your base coat, then your nail polish of choice, then sprinkle on a light dusting of glitter. Allow it to dry before finishing with your favorite top coat.
4. Primary Hues
It’s hard to think about crazy bright hues without also reminiscing about all the creative joy found in a big box of Crayola crayons. As we grow older, we can all appreciate those artful moments that made our younger days so special. Maybe that’s why primary colors are suddenly on fingertips and toenails all over the place.
This Kleancolor nail lacquer set contains six bottles of the brightest hues imaginable — pink, yellow, blue, green, red, and purple have never looked so good.
5. New Neutrals
Neutrals are always welcome in any wardrobe, but this season they’re putting on a fresh face. The neutrals of 2019 are richer and more exciting in their own way. We adore the mesmerizing shades in the Essie Serene Slate collection as a starting point.
And sure, you’d never accuse blush or gray of being scene-stealers. But you can make them more noticeable by wearing different shades on different nails, or by creating a fun striped motif to put a youthful slant on the look.