Nail Files: My Spring Polish Picks

Nail Files: My Spring Polish Picks

Seeing as it’s officially spring, I thought it would be fun to share my favorite nail polish hues of the season. I have my go-to year-round colors, of course (pastel pink and red), but I tend to switch up my polish routine as the weather changes. Here’s a breakdown of the top five colors I’m loving for spring:

Vintage Blue

Not quite robin’s egg and not quite royal blue, I love this vintage cerulean hue. It kind of reminds me of a paint job on a classic car. Try Essie’s Truth or Flare, which is what I’m wearing in the photo above. Continuum by Formula X for Sephora is a similar shade.

Pastel Purple

It’s probably no surprise that pastel purple is on my polish list for spring. This feminine shade is so sweet this time of year, and reminds me of lilacs and lavender in bloom. I’m wearing e.l.f.’s Lilac, but you can also try Laura Mercier’s Reckless.

Rosy Mauve

Mauve was also one of my color picks for winter, but this season I prefer a rosier version of the color. You’ll notice that the rosy mauve I’m wearing for spring (Nude by e.l.f.) is an almost perfect match with the rose shade you see all over! Maybe that’s why I love it so much…

Pale Pink

Pastel pink is a great year-round color. But for spring in particular, I love a pink so pale that it’s almost white (like Essie’s Fiji). It looks great on both tan and fair skin tones. Other pale pinks I love include Tra La La by Dior and Rose Petal from Dolce & Gabanna.

Light Teal

Light teal is another color that really screams spring. Plus, it’s a touch edgier than my other polish picks, which is always fun. I often choose a more classic shade on my fingers, and then go for something fun like this on my toes. The polish in the photo above is Essie’s Fashion Playground.

What nail colors are you wearing this season?

Share your current manicure color in the comments!

XO Lauren

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  • Melissa Charlotte

    I love pastel! Nice colours.

  • Ashley

    Pastels never get old for spring! I recently made a big nail polish purchase, all from Julep and all the colors I chose are in the rosy mauve category with one peach shade. Love their polishes! They don’t contain the four big toxins most polishes do. :)

  • Cassidy Short

    LOVE all of these! Will need to try. I love Essie’s “Turquoise and Caicos”, always a spring favorite!



  • Korinda

    Love light teal! I have to stop biting my nails NOW ’cause I want to paint them!

  • Samantha Kay

    I seriously almost did this exact same thing on Tuesday, but my camera wouldn’t focus properly. GRRR.

  • Ellie Lambert

    I love all these colours for Spring, but it can get a bit samey after a while. I’d recommend trying out matte nail polishes as a way of shaking things up a bit, I find that I prefer the finish and I stand out a bit more from the crowd.

  • Emma Fox

    I love the vintage blue!! Im rocking a pale pink right now.

  • Much More Than Words

    I share my manicures here:

  • Madeleine S-B

    All of these shades are so pretty! Especially loving the look of e.l.f.’s Nude (: x

  • Rachel

    OH! Love the vintage blue and pale pink… need to paint my nails soon!

  • Haute Brunette

    Love the Vintage Blue and Pastel Purple!

    Haute Brunette

  • Alina Ermilova

    I absolutely love all of the picks! I personally have been obsessed with baby blue recently! Such a pretty shade!


  • Ashley @ A Lady Goes West

    Right now I’m wearing bright yellow.

  • Antonella Zammit

    I’m wearing a cherry red right now. I really like the pale pink and light teal :)

  • Librarian Lavender

    Great colors, I especially love the teal! I’m not wearing any nail polish at the moment, but I love pastels.

  • Kenzie Williams

    I’m wearing a nudeish pink right now. Similar to the pale pink above but a little more on the pink side :)

  • Aleena (:

    I am loving Tanya Burr’s Little Duck (:

  • Cassie Holmes

    I really like the rosy mauve, but I love them all! Great picks!

  • Cassie

    I love that shade of purple and the light teal! These are such great spring colors. :)

  • Cheyenne Love

    I really really love the light teal/ mint green shades for spring. I am currently wearing and loving Mint Mojito from the Cover Girl Outlast line! So gorgeous!

  • Siham Hamdan

    I’m wearing a light teal at the moment <3 I'm trying to get the most of these colors cause I only wear them on spring!

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  • Shelby

    Love this! Great colors and pastels! Nail polish always reminds me of vacation and my favorite bikinis in my latest post!

  • Shaunacey

    love them all! Now I need to go nail polish shopping!

  • Ashley

    Love all of these colors but white is my go to in the warmer months, especially on the toes!

    Xo Ash
    Sincerely Miss Ash

  • Vera Sawicki

    LOVE the pale pink the best!!

  • Jessica

    Amazing, the light teal you’re showing I just got that on my nails today in gel polish and it’s gorgeous, I love it. My nail tech called it minty green though lol

  • Jessica P.

    I just got a mauve pinkish color on my fingers and a pastel purple on my toes for Spring….

  • Trine @Creative Pink Butterfly

    I love that light teal nailpolish! And I love Essies nail polishes. I have been thinking of buying a pastel colour and might go for the teal one you have :)

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  • Katelin

    I am obsessed with a classic white. Blanc from Essie is my favorite. I think it makes your hands look classy and clean. However, white nails look best on normal length nails. I also love lavender color polish right now as well!

  • Fatima Shafique

    can anyone suggest best color for olive skin colour hands and someone who has short nails…

  • Kendall

    I’m loving Thanks a Windmillion by O.P.I for spring!

  • Lucy O

    I’m loving ‘pool boy’ by OCC Cosmetics! It’s the absolute perfect blue! :)

  • Vicki

    I love that Rosy Mauve!! It looks so pretty!
    One of my all-time favorites is Essie’s ‘Masterplan’, a very soft gray. I wear it through all seasons. Especially for spring I really like pastel pink tones.

    Xo Vicki

  • Christy

    I always look forward to your seasonal nail polish pics, and appreciate that you not only consider the pricier ones, but also the less expensive ones. Thanks so much, Lauren! :o)

  • Ashley Spaustat

    These are so gorg! I really like “Pinking of you” by OPI :) Its the perfect pink!

  • sandra

    the colors are so awesome , love the pink

  • Shel Billett

    My Pedicure is Pink & Yellow: a creamy soft Pink Selena OPI with a single pastel Yellow stripe Pina Colada Covergirl with a little sparkle. x

  • [email protected]

    Question for you ladies: do you think there’s an age limit on wearing pastel colors (i.e. teal, purple, blue, etc)?

    • Christy

      My thought is if you love the color and feel comfortable wearing it, then go for it. As long as the rest of your outfit is age-appropriate, I think nail polish is kind of secondary to that (and a great way to experiment with color without going overboard).

      • [email protected]

        Thanks, Christy! I agree!

  • jbrett

    so many colors! Good thing I taught my guy how to do toes.

  • sonya

    love that pale pink <3

  • Marianne Jarvis

    Im wearing Essie’s Truth or Flare, fashion playground, essie’s splash of grenandine , decadent dish and #Maybelline bare it all . Love them

  • Katie Albury

    I am terrible at sticking to my faithful shades of red…I really need to sort myself out and get some spring colours into my life!
    Katie x

  • Ashley Burke

    Such a beautiful, vintage engagement ring. Thanks Lauren xoxo!

  • Jill Schneider

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  • Guest

    I’m loving Kryptonite by piCture pOlish

  • strawhxrry1d

    I love the rosy mauve ! I’ll try that one !



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