30 Impossibly Pretty, Spring-Ready Nail Designs

Embrace the blooms this season.

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Betina Goldstein / Design by Cristina Cianci

We're getting close to the onset of spring (St. Patrick's Day just always feels like the unofficial inauguration), which means the season of showers and flowers. Cheerier weather is officially on its way, thus it's time to bring on the spring nail designs.

And while dreamy temperatures and skin-warming rays may still be lagging behind the spring equinox, we're ahead of the game where spring nail designs are concerned. So much so that we've already handpicked 30 stunning options we think you'll spring for. (So sorry—just had to.) Excited? Keep scrolling for the prettiest spring nail designs we've ever laid eyes on.

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Cheery Ladybugs

Spring Nail Designs Ladybug

@oliveandjune

The most playful in the bunch, this ladybug-inspired manicure is at the top of our wishlist when it comes to inspiring spring nail designs.

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Blue Foil

Spring Nail Designs Blue Foil

@paintboxnails

We're still (very happily) riding the mermaid wave, and this tonal turquoise manicure—complete with scale-inspired foil pieces—couldn't have us more in the mood for a dip.

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Vintage Florals

Spring Nail Designs Vintage Florals

@oliveandjune

Between the classic almond shape and the bohemian, primary-hued florals, we're 100% smitten with this spring look. 

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Yellow Flowers

Spring Nail Designs Yellow Flowers

@oliveandjune

Don't want an entire bouquet just above your cuticles? Try a springy yellow flower or two. Paired with a nude base, it's still playful enough to feel natural for spring.

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Watercolor Inspired

Spring Nail Designs Watercolor

@nail_unistella

This abstract design has us thinking we're at an actual art gallery. Plus, an orange and pink palette is totally spring-appropriate.

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Metallic Rainbows

Spring Nail Designs Metallic Rainbows

@oliveandjune

Maybe we're on a high from St. Patrick's Day, but we can't help but swoon at the enchanting look of rainbows and a subtle dusting of silver (not gold) to accent. 

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Cow Print

Spring Nail Designs Cow Print

@vanityprojects

A fresh animal print like cow print is the perfect way to celebrate spring. For added impact, pair with matching accessories when you want to make a statement.

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Tropical Vacation

Spring Nail Designs Tropical

@claresanails

For the mani lovers who struggle to make a decision, this one's for you. Next time you can't choose between watermelon or lime, sample an accent nail of each.

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Bright Bolts

Spring Nail Designs Bolt

@paintboxnails

There's something that feels so refreshingly spring about pairing a pure pop of lemon with a wash of powder blue. Plus, the geometric zigzag looks kind of like a lightning bolt. April showers, right?

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Spring Blossoms

Spring Nail Designs Blossoms

@betina_goldstein

You don't need a full wash of color to have an uplifting spring nail design. These pond blossoms, painted just at the tips like a modern French mani, are subtle but perfectly on-theme for any seasonal festivities.

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Accent Glitter Nail

Spring Nail Designs Accent Glitter Nail

@oliveandjune

A true triple-threat, this mani has everything: including bubbles, pastels, and an alternating color scheme for even more intrigue.

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Pastel Dots

Spring Nail Designs Pastel Dots

@jinsoon

If you're looking for a design that's a touch whimsical, these pastel dots fit the bill. They feel a bit like a sophisticated version of Easter eggs.

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Rose Quartz

Spring Nail Designs Rose Quartz

@oliveandjune

For a rosy disposition this season, we highly recommend not only wearing a rose quartz hue on your tips (perhaps to match your hair), but also adding an actual rose. An accent on just one finger is far from fussy.

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Bright Flowers

Spring Nail Designs Bright Flowers

@vanityprojects

Hear us out, all right? These bright colors may seem like a lot, but they actually look incredibly chic and subtle in tiny flower form. This spring nail design takes traditionally delicate florals and gives them an extra-fun vibe we're loving. Go ahead, embrace the unexpected this spring.

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Matte Slime

Speaking of unexpected—go for a matte look, but make it slime-inspired. Mei Kawajiri, a celeb and fashion-favorite manicurist extraordinaire, continues to inspire us. Plus, the poppy blue and purple colors are so sweet.

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Plant Neutrals

Spring Nail Designs Plant

@vanityprojectsmia

Try out a muted base color as a backdrop for delicately painted leaves. It's the much-needed springtime refresh we've been waiting for.

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Geometric Two-Tone

Spring Nail Designs Geometric Two-Tone

@jinsoon

Pump up two-tone nails by picking a family of complementary colors and combining them differently across all 10 nails.

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Lavender Abstract

Spring Nail Designs Lavender Abstract

@chillhouse

These lavender nails are spring personified. Abstract painted faces, inspired by Erno Laszlo, add a delicate, artistic touch unique to each accent nail. Recreate this look at home with a few simple swipes of a detailing brush.

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Rainbow Ombré

Spring Nail Designs Rainbow Ombre

@orosabeauty

April showers will probably bring a few rainbows before the May flowers, right? Find inspiration in the springtime sky with this rainbow ombré nail look.

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Neon French Mani

Spring Nail Designs Neon French Manicure

@oliveandjune

Sure, spring is usually pastel season, but don't rule out the power of a simple neon-tipped French manicure for an easy and bright pop of color. Plus, it works with those floral dresses you've been dying to wear the second the cold's gone.

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Bubbly Negative Space

Spring Nail Designs Bubbly Negative Space

@paintboxnails

Pop the champagne and pour a glass or two to complement this subdued glitter manicure.

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Sequin Flowers

Spring Nail Designs Sequin Flowers

@betina_goldstein

These might take a bit of patience, but the result is so worth it. Break out the sequins and get creative with each nail.

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Full Bouquet

Spring Nail Designs Full Bouquet

@oliveandjune

Get a professional-looking mani with the ease of DIY. These stunning floral bouquets look expert-level but are actually the Everyday Bouquet stickers from Olive and June ($8).

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Shades of Pink

Spring Nail Designs Shades of Pink

@oliveandjune

Keep it simple with a half-and-half pink mani to create a relatively easy yet intriguing look that feels as fresh as the flowers on your desk.

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Bright and Smiley

Spring Nail Designs Smiley Face

@chillhouse

Just look at this colorful mani and frown. You can't. It won't let you. We tried.

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'60s Lines

Spring Nail Designs '60s

@chillhouse

Just a little trippy, these lines make maximum impact. So mod!

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Orange and Pink

Spring Nail Designs Pink and Orange

@jinsoon

Match your makeup to your nails for a colorful and cheerful look. A sweet-tart pink pops against a coral orange for a modern, head-turning mani.

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Gingham

Speaking of picnic weather... these pink and purple gingham nails would look lovely for an outdoor park day, are we right?

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Pastel Splotches

Spring Nail Designs Pastel Splotches

@nail_unistella

Try out a full-on easter egg color scheme for a spring-tastic mani. The best part? The abstract splotches don't have to be perfect, which takes the pressure off for those looking to DIY.

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Colorful Polka Dots

Spring Nail Designs Colorful Polka Dots

@jinsoon

Polka dots are the ultimate spring-summer pattern. We love that these are multi-colored and accomplish the dot look using a confetti polish.

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