9 Nail Shades You Absolutely Need to Try This Spring

Design by Brittany Isdith With spring on our doorsteps and warm weather (hopefully) on the horizon, make sure your nails are just as ready for the season as you are. Forget your classic French manicures and basic fuchsia tips. This season, it’s all about subtlety and shimmer, a cross between opaque pastel hues and bold metallic shades.

If you’re willing to take your nails to the next level, here’s a forecast of 9 of the hottest colors to try for spring 2016, according to Cosmopolitan and Harper’s Bazaar.

Pastel blue

Kiss the sky with this calming, beautiful blue shade. Navy’s also in this season, but if you’re looking for something a little more unconventional and low-key, look no further than pastel blue. It’s soft, classy, and just as gorgeous as those clear spring skies we’ve been so longing to see.


Spring is all about bright colors and new life, so what better way to show it than through iridescent purple? Channel your inner flower power with this lovely shade. It perfectly conveys the joy of spring while staying subtle enough should you not want your nails to overshadow your outfit.


Just like the melt-in-your-mouth, delicious creamsicles we clamor to get from the ice cream truck every summer, sherbet orange is going to be your friend this season. Definitely treat yoself to this sweet shade. The bright, happy color will liven up any outfit you pair it with.


Not just a spice, this earthy pastel green is also a perfect shade to try on your nails. The cool, soothing vibes are just like freshly-grown grass—dewy and bright.


Since Kylie Jenner’s made millions off brown lip kits, it’s no surprise brown has quickly become the shade of spring. There’s no color these nails won’t match... you can wear it with everything and anything. Paint it on in an opaque, matte style and flaunt your inner Kardashian. Who knows, we might just be keeping up with you next.


White has always been a personal favorite of mine, and even though it’s forecasted to be a trendy color this spring, you can honestly wear it year-round. Whether you’re going for a modern, monochromatic look or a neutral element to balance out a vivid outfit, you’ll never regret white nails.


A classic that never goes out of style, you’ll always look chic with red nails. To transition from winter to spring, try a shade that has more orange than blue in it; lifeguard red will definitely get you in the mood for the beach days to come (and possibly a lifeguard fling to go with it).

Rose Gold

Rose gold—it’s on your iPhones, and now it can be on your nails too. A step up from the classic neutral tone, rose gold matches almost everything while adding extra depth and sparkle. It’s an elegant, classy color that's sure to satisfy any diva.


Ke$ha fans, rejoice. Spring 2016 is also the season of glitter. Let your inner freak flag fly and coat your nails in eye-wateringly bright sparkles—the more, the merrier. To anyone who’s ever told you glitter is for little girls, screw 'em. This is your time to shine (terrible pun intended).