“Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.” Meryl Streep as magazine editor in chief Miranda Priestly called out the spring stereotype with this sarcastic quote in The Devil Wears Prada, but there's another common beauty trend that emerges this time of year: pastels. Like florals, pastels are so commonly associated with spring that they're practically synonymous, like Kim Kardashian and contouring, or Blake Lively and really, really good hair. As much as we're all about originality and bucking the norm, it turns out pastels really are trending this season… at least when it comes to nail polish. Oops. But make no mistake: These aren’t your grandma’s pastels. No, the frilly pale pinks of years past have been traded in for unexpected pops of lilac, or even a bewitching pale yellow—yes, yellow. We caught up with Sarah Gibson Tuttle, founder of Olive & June, and Nadine Abramcyk and Adair Ilyinsky, co-founders of Tenoverten, and asked them to share the shades their clients have been going crazy over this spring. Tuck this away for the next time you find yourself staring in front of a polish wall feeling lost and indecisive.
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Who needs neutrals when you have this intriguing pale blue? Tuttle calls this shade one in the new crop of "new neutrals," and promises that it's easier to wear than you think.
Speaking of nudes, Abramcyk says her clients have been loving Tenoverten's Fulton Street for the opaque finish that gives just enough coverage. "It's a neutral that's perfect for the warmer weather and gives you a clean nail feel," she says.
Similar Shades: OPI Nail Lacquer ($7) in Coney Island Cotton Candy; Nails Inc. Nail Polish ($15) in Porchester Square; Burberry Nail Polish ($22) in Nude Beige.
"One of the crazier pastel shades, CND's Sun Bleached, really pops in the freshest way," Tuttle says. "I love how it looks against an army-green jumpsuit as we move into spring!"
Similar Shades: Ciaté London Mini Paint Polish ($8) in Loop the Loop; Formula X Nail Polish ($11) in Lively; Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer ($18) in Build Me Up Buttercup.
Not into pastels? Try a cheery coral red instead. "It beckons warmer weather and open-toe sandal season," Abramcyk says. "A coral is universally flattering on all skin tones, too."
Similar Shades: Julep Nail Polish ($14) in Boho Glam; Caption Polish ($12) in Sorry I'm Not Sorry; Chanel Le Vernis Nail Lacquer ($28) in Gitane.
"When you're looking for an alternative to classic pinks and reds but still want to feel feminine, this lilac shade is the answer!" Tuttle says.
Similar Shades: Côte Nail Polish ($18) in No. 83; Butter London Nail Lacquer ($15) in Molly Coddled.
Ilyinsky says that while pinks still reign supreme in the throes of spring, she's noticed that customers choosing more unexpected shades, like dusty mint. "These transitional shades are especially great for spring's finicky weather, when temps can be sweltering one day and frigid the next, wreaking havoc on wardrobe choices and polish color picks," she explains.
Similar Shades: Dolce & Gabbana The Nail Lacquer ($27) in Mint; Ciaté London Mini Paint Pot Nail Polish ($9) in Pepperminty; Zoya Nail Polish ($10) in Bevy.
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