Pastel nail polish is a given for spring. But this season, the colors are hotter than ever. They aren't just your typical delicate, soft hues—they are ultra-pigmented and make a huge statement. Don't believe us? Take our beauty director Kahlana Barfield's word. Here, she talks about why pastels are so hot for spring and who we can thank for bringing this pretty polish to the table (think: designers like Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig of Marchesa).
Other designers (like Wes Gordon and Katharine Polk of Houghton, too) also complemented their spring collections with pastel-painted finger tips, proving that the delicate colorway is in fact bold.
Take on the trend with our favorite 12 shades. We gathered everything from buttercup yellow and sherbet orange to pale pink and baby blue. (What's more, they have the cutest names! Will you pick I Lilac You or Chillin' Like a Villain?)
If pastels aren’t your thing, shop our other faves here.
Plus, pick up the June issue of InStyle, available on newsstands and for digital download, for more features like this!
1. Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour
In Sweet Lilac, $27; chanel.com
2. Dior Vernis Gel Shine & Long-Wearing Nail Lacquer
In Milly, $25; dior.com
3. CND Vinylux Weekly Polish
In Sun Bleached, $10; cnd.com
4. Flower Nail'd It Lacquer
In Bluebell of the Ball, $5; walmart.com
5. Butter London Nail Lacquer
In Keen, $15; ulta.com
6. YSL La Laque Couture
In Bleu Celadon, $27; yslbeautyus.com
7. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure
In I Lilac You, $8; target.com
8. Tom Ford Nail Lacquer
In Sugar Dune, $32; neimanmarcus.com for stores
9. Sonia Kashuk Nail Colour
In Breakfast at Tiffany's, $5; target.com
10. OPI Nail Lacquer
In Chillin' Like a Villain, $9; ulta.com
11. Jin Soon Nail Lacquer
In Dolly Pink, $18; spacenk.com
12. Essie Nail Polish
In Truth or Flare, $9; essie.com