The Best Pastel Nail Polish Colors That Aren't Just Great for Spring

Add a bit of brightness to your mani all year round with these colors.

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Can we collectively agree that pastels are not only color for the springtime? Yes, pastels at the start of the warmer months always feels like the obvious choice, but we don't need to wait for Easter or April's showers to embrace lighter, brighter hues.

Wearing a pastel manicure throughout the year is a simple way to boost serotonin and add fun, bright color to your day-to-day. Pastel manis also don't have to feel so predictable. Part of the fun of experimenting with colorful nails is playing with different designs, nail shapes, and hues.

So, before booking your next nail appointment or setting time aside to do a DIY manicure, scroll through for some of the best pastel nail colors that nail experts say are always a good choice.

Christina Fitzgerald Extreme Pink 03

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Gilded Ritual

"Pastel pink is a universal hue that looks amazing on all skin tones," says Emma Eskander, the salon director of Gilded Ritual, a New York City nail bar. It's classic, fun, and beautiful.

Olive & June KMC

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Olive and June

The blue undertones in this sage green polish make it an unexpected pastel hue that's light and flattering on all skin tones.

Price at time of publish: $9

Tenoverten Prince

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Tenoverten

"There's something about a pretty pastel that just feels optimistic for a new season," says Nadine Abramcyk, Tenoverten co-founder and head of the brand. "Right now, we're loving a pop of purple, and are feeling inspired by Pantone's color of the year veri peri. The Prince polish is a fresh lavender hue that isn't too bold, but just right for staying on the pastel nail trend."

Price at time of publish: $12

Essie All Oar Nothing

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Essie

"While there are no hard and fast rules about what color you should choose, more vibrant colors like a pastel orange are very complimentary to darker skin tones," says Eskander.

Price at time of publish: $10

Orly Blue Iris

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Orly

Cool-toned colors really pop against fair to medium skin tones. Consider opting for a pastel blue color that's sure to remind you of sunny days and clear blue skies.

Price at time of publish: $9

Nailtopia Spring Red

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Nailtopia

We know that red isn't traditionally considered a pastel hue, but if you choose one that isn't as vibrant and has subtle orange undertones, it's a fun twist on your typical pastel shades. "I find this spring we will not only see the traditional pastels, but also a spring red, which is more of an orange-red," says Michelle Saunders, a celebrity nail artist. You can also pair it with other classic pastel hues for multi-colored manicure moment.

Price at time of publish: $10

Paintbox Like Spring

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Paintbox

Saunders says a buttery pastel yellow is another color that looks great on all skin tones. Plus, it's so soft and dainty, it almost borderlines a neutral hue.

Price at time of publish: $22

Sundays L.05

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Sundays

You can't go wrong with different variations of lavender. We love this color because it's an unexpected, creamy shade of purple with hints of blue making it a unique pastel hue.

Price at time of publish: $18

Nailtopia That's the Tea

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Nailtopia

Saunders says one of her favorite pastel shades for everyone is seafoam green. It's a warmer pastel shade that easily transitions into summer.

Price at time of publish: $10

Olive & June KAG

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Olive & June

For the minimalist mani lovers, a pastel pink-meets-peach color is sure to be right in your comfort zone. It's a neutral shade that allows you to dabble in the pastel nail color trend without compromising your go-to aesthetic.

Price at time of publish: $9

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