From sheer tints to soft blues, this season's nails are all about subtlety. Ditch your heavy jewel tones from winter and fall and pick up a lightweight lacquer for the warm weather ahead.

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Warm neutrals

From pinky sheers to opaque creams, nude polishes come in many forms. This season's take is a bit warmer and understated so that it blends with your skin to create the illusion of long, elegant fingers. 

Zoya ($10)

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Cool grays

Swap your moodier blacks and blues for a cooler gray instead. It's less predictable than a nude but just as wearable.

Lauren B. Beauty ($18)


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Sheer tints

It may not look like it in the bottle, but these thinner formulas are supposed to go on light to add just a hint of color. (Meaning you can get away with an imperfect paint job.)

OPI ($9)

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Periwinkle blues

One of two Pantone picks for 2016, this calming blue offers a nice contrast to your neutral knits now--and breezy dresses later.

Essie ($9)

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Rosy pinks

Pantone’s second pick, this soft pink is a tried-and-true classic for good reason: It works on everyone. Try one shade on your fingers and the other on your toes for a foolproof feminine combo that will take you through the season.

Smith & Cult ($18)

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Opalescent hues

A riff on the Insta-famous glass nail, these shade-shifting hues look different in every light. Then the pearly finish makes everything--and every color--look more refined. 

YSL ($28)

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Subtle textures

Fact: A textured polish (like this finely flecked topcoat) upgrades a basic mani in seconds. It’s nail art for when you don’t feel like messing with painter’s tape--or dropping cash at a salon. Just apply a base color of your choice and swipe on a topcoat in a different finish to give it some contrast. 

Jin Soon x Barneys ($18)

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