With spring knocking at your door and the sun melting away the bitter chill, it’s time to swap out fingers dipped in black cherry reds and deep currant hues for shades that will reflect the golden sunshine right in the palm of your hand. Pastel nail polishes are a timeless spring trend—fashion’s way of welcoming the new season in soft tones that mimic the blossoming weather—but the following polishes offer a fun twist on tradition and ensure your manicure will pack a pastel punch!
Sally Hansen has their fingers on the pulse of the nail polish industry and is constantly reinventing the standard manicure. Their recent collection of Sugar Shimmer nail polishes offers decadent shades of polish swirling with flecks of shimmer that envelope nails in a 3D sand-like texture. The Sugar Plum shade is a candyfloss pink that attracts attention like budding cherry blossoms, and the surprising sugary texture adds an unexpected element of whimsy to the pretty pink.
Ciate’s Dolls House Collection plays on the soft shades that walked the runway this spring fashion season. These polishes feature cool-toned colors inspired by those in a child’s dollhouse and apply across the nail in one dreamy sweep that sets to a powdery, matte finish. Worn alone, these polishes will add a soft hint of color that will accompany any fashion trend this season, but for an extra dose of color, try wearing two or more shades on different fingers to play around with the complimentary colors.
Although grainy textures and clean mattes reflect the playful nature of spring, Essie’s Lilacism offers a more traditional option for a more polished look. This lavender shade is cool enough to compliment all skin shades, from undertones of yellow and pink and red (oh my!), and adds a
touch of classic grace suitable for everyone. The silky polish dries to a lux cream finish that can be sealed with a glossy topcoat, such as Seche Vite’s Dry Fast Top Coat, a fast-drying finishing polish that will extend the life and shine of your manicure!
– by Amanda Curran