We love winter beauty trends—dark nails, bold berry lipsticks, and smoky eye shadows—but there's something to be said about switching these looks out for their lighter, fresher, and more upbeat counterparts. We're talking about bright corals, blues, greens, yellows, and pinks. And the first place we see these hues is on people's fingertips. Seriously, nail trends seem to anticipate the seasons more so than makeup or hair. We're not mad. After all, we start bringing out springtime pastel polish as early as February, which is long before the temperatures change and the snow melts. What can we say? We're optimistic and ready to shake off those winter blues along with our sweaters and boots.
This year, the number one spring nail trend isn't centered around a single shape, color, or design. It's centered around any and all colors that strike your fancy. That's right. Remember when you painted your nails as a kid? We'd paint one nail red, another one green, and yet another one yellow—just for fun. Who knew it would turn into a bonafide beauty trend years later? With 10 fingers and 10 toes, you can channel every color of the spectrum (and then some). The resulting look is surprisingly chic—albeit quirky and colorful.
If you didn't believe us before, this picture will change your mind. The muted pastels all but scream springtime while complementing any and every color you wear (as demonstrated by WhoWhatWear editor Aemilia Madden). We love how she pairs her rainbow nails with gold accessories and fresh-faced hair and makeup. To get a similar result, try Deborah Lippmann's Touch Me in the Morning Polish Set ($36), which includes six muted pastels.
If you prefer the boldest and brightest pastels, then mimic this Easter egg mani. We like KleanColor's Pastel Spring Collection ($8). The brand makes the robin-egg blue, sunshine yellow, and bubblegum-pink shades we crave. After each layer of polish dries, follow it up with a high-shine topcoat for the utmost vibrancy and light reflection.
If pastels aren't your thing, worry not. WhoWhatWear's assistant editor Anna LaPlaca shows us how to achieve a rainbow mani that's appropriate for any office setting. The brighter colors are muted by the black and brown neutral shades placed in between. C'est chic, non?
Manicurists at Shoreditch Nails, which is a popular nail salon in East London, are also privy to the springtime rainbow nail trend. We like how the salon kept this look limited to only three complementary colors, alternating them nail by nail. This is one we're planning on replicating until the end of summer.
Courtney Trop from popular blog Always Judging was an early adopter of the rainbow nail trend. This manicure was inspired by her own painting and thus features the similar red, plum, and khaki tones. We haven't figured out how these mismatched colors complement one another so well yet, but we think it's safe to say that her manicure is a work of art.
If subtle is the name of your game but you still want in on the trend, try varying shades of the same color like this manicure that features complementary shades of pink that are accented with a bit of silver. We suggest that you try Butter London's Playing Favorites Polish Set ($36), which includes six of the brand's best-selling pink and red polishes.