28 Spring Nail Colors to Brighten Up Your Manis (and Mood)

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Spring is all about new beginnings, so what better way to usher in a new season than with a fresh coat of nail polish? This season will always be synonymous with bright colors and muted pastels, but this year we're also looking at bold hues and deeper tones. If you need a hint about what shades are trending in 2023, take a peek at the color of the year or the viral beauty and fashion trend that is Barbiecore. To keep your fingers and toes looking fresh this season, we found the top 28 spring nail colors to wear now until summer.

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1. Periwinkle Purple


  • Nail polish to try: Essie in "Lilacism"

In 2022, Pantone's Color of the Year was "Very Peri," a periwinkle blue meets purple hue that continues to deliver a much-appreciated mood boost for spring.

2. Viva Magenta


While 2022 was all about the blues, we're getting pretty in (hot) pink in 2023. Pantone's Color of the Year is "Viva Magenta," a reddish-pink shade that symbolizes optimism, joy and empowerment, which is something we can all use a bit more of these days.

3. Juicy Orange

Olive & June

The quickest way to give dull, sun-deprived skin an instant glow? A few swipes of orange nail polish, of course. (Tip: It also makes a great accent color against a beige or pale blue base.)

4. Poppy Red


  • Nail polish to try: Sundays in "No.16"

Not too bright, not too dark, but just right: A classic poppy red is always a good choice. This one from Sundays gives full, creamy coverage in a single coat.

5. Peachy Corral


A peachy coral strikes the perfect balance between sweet pastels and bolder reds and oranges. The slightly milky shade positively pops against your skin and is equally flattering on your fingertips as it is on your toes.

6. Baby Pink


This pale pink hue is quickly becoming a fan-favorite for spring and we have our friend Barbie to thank for that. (Psst, baby pink makeup is also trending right now—you know, in case you want to match your mani with the rest of your look.)

7. Nearly Nude

Deborah Lippmann

  • Nail polish to try: Deborah Lippmann in "Naked"

The ultimate palette cleanser, a coat of sheer nude polish will smooth over any discoloration or damage, while letting your natural nail shine through. (Fun fact: Sheerer shades also have the advantage of being easier to paint with and don’t show signs of wear as much.)

8. Milky Tan

Sally Hansen

A touch more opaque than a sheer nude, a milky tan polish gives a similarly smoothing effect, but with a little more pigment in case you have deeper ridges you want to camouflage (or have a slightly deeper skin tone).

9. Calming Blues


Light, airy and deeply comforting, a soft blue mani is especially welcome these days. This pale hue reminds us of clear and sunny skies.

10. Soothing Greens


If grounding energy is what you seek, look no further than a frothy seafoam that has hints of both blue and green. (FYI: This pick from Gucci dries quickly and has a super shiny finish.)

11. Rose Gold

Nails Inc.

This classic polish will never go out of style. The rosy pink shade is embedded with specks of gold glitter, which makes it a great addition to any spring ensemble. Plus, this specific pick by Nails.Inc promises a quick dry and a glossy finish.

12. Sunny Yellow

Olive & June

A sunny yellow forecasts hopeful optimism for better days ahead. We love this one from Olive & June because it’s a touch deeper than pastel, but not as loud as a neon polish.

13. Iridescent Lavender

Cirque Colors

  • Nail polish to try: Cirque Colors in "Velvetine"

Depending on the light, an iridescent polish like this one can read gold or purple and even show the occasional glimmer of green. No matter what, the effect is always mesmerizing.

14. Soft Lilac


  • Nail polish to try: JINSoon in "UBE"

Named after the deliciously sweet yam from the Philippines, this milky lilac offers a fresh, but no less pretty alternative to the pink polishes that typically dominate this time of year.

15. Pastel Ombré

Olive & June

There’s no need to hunt for Easter eggs when you’ve got a set of pastel polishes like this handy. From a sage green to a pop of pink, you’ve got everything you need to rock a multi-colored mani—including a glossy top coat.

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16. Rosy Ombré

Deborah Lippmann

Or you can go for a more tonal look and stick to shades within the same color family. This set features rosy neutrals that range from a pale pink to a deep plum to give you plenty of flattering options for all ten fingers.

17. Confetti Fun


  • Nail polish to try: JINSoon in "Daisy"

If you can't decide on one shade (or you're not keen on painting each nail in a different hue), consider a confetti-topped mani instead. This colorful topcoat from JINSoon adds a touch of playfulness to your nails that suits the season.

18. Velvety Red


  • Nail polish to try: Chanel in "Interdit"

If pastels and bright colors feel a bit premature right now, try a deep red instead. The rich hue will liven up your winter pallor without being too in your face.

19. Royal Blue


Fact: A sapphire blue makes a statement without looking harsh. This one from Nails.Inc straddles the line between cobalt and navy, making it the ideal blue for all skin tones.

20. Golden Glitter

Olive & June

  • Nail polish to try: Olive & June in "OBVI"

When you’re craving a little something extra from your manis, try a golden glitter polish like this one. A few swipes deliver a touch of brightness and sparkle to your tips.

21. Nude Pink


Want to try the latest Lip Gloss nail trend? Get yourself a bottle of this nude polish from Essie. It offers a neutral base with a touch of pink that'll positively glow under a shiny topcoat.

22. Milky Brown


  • Nail polish to try: Londontown in "Mudslide"

A sumptuous sienna brown is a flattering neutral for darker skin. It’s also a great base color if you want to experiment with nail art designs.

23. Dove Grey

Deborah Lippmann

  • Nail polish to try: Deborah Lippman in "Grey Day"

A solid grey projects strength and resilience. It’s also a chic alternative to black or white, in case you’re looking for another everyday shade to wear for spring.

24. Mint Green


  • Nail polish to try: Sundays in "No.44"

It’s impossible not to feel cheerful when you see this light green hue on your fingertips. At once bright and refreshing, yet simultaneously comforting, a mint mani (and perhaps a scoop of ice cream to match) is just what we need this spring.

25. Raspberry Pink


  • Nail polish to try: Chanel in "Camélia"

Better yet, why not match your mint mani to a raspberry pink pedi? This vibrant shade is consistently a top pick for toes.

26. Charteuse Chic


We predict this shade will become a staple in our wardrobe this spring—which obviously includes our manicures. The yellow-green hue reminds us of nature and builds anticipation for the warmer months ahead.

27. Orchid Pink

Smith & Cult

For something that’s slightly muted, yet still packs a punch, try an orchid pink that has equal hints of pink and purple to it.

28. Opaque White


  • Nail polish to try: Sundays in "No.01"

If glazed donut nails are still your go-to look, this milky white polish should be in your rotation. Plus, the crisp shade matches everything in your closet.

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