A new season means a ton of new manicures to try. 

By Erin Lukas
Feb 07, 2020 @ 1:15 pm
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The warmer weather is reason to celebrate, and what better way to do so than with some spring-inspired nail polish colors? If you're like me, painting your nails a creamy pastel purple or a vibrant hot pink instantly lifts my mood after months of avoiding the cold, as I binge-watch TV shows on my couch. 

That said, tossing my dark nail polishes to the side is easy, but deciding what bright color to go with for my next manicure is a struggle. That's why I turned to Michelle Saunders, celebrity manicurist and founder of Saunders & James nail salon in Oakland, Calif., as well as Hannah Lee, nail artist and Sally Hansen nail expert, to get the lowdown on all of the nail polish colors that are trending for spring 2020. 

Essie Nail Polish in Check Your Baggage 

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Saunders says that "citrus shades inspired by the natural tones in grapefruit, citron, lime, and mandarin oranges" are on-trend for spring. Wear one color on its own or mix them up for a fruit salad-inspired manicure. The manicurist loves Essie's Check Your Baggage, a creamy vibrant yellow. 

To buy: $9; Ulta.com

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Zoya Nail Lacquer in Dove 

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Not quite white, not quite gray, this muted neutral is an ideal shade for the transitional season. 

To buy: $10; Ulta.com

Ella+Mila Nail Polish in Pucker Up 

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If you're sick of your dark winter nail polish, this pastel pink is quickly going to become the go-to shade for spring. 

To buy: $11; Amazon.com

OPI Nail Lacquer Collection in Coral-ing Your Spirit Animal 

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"Earth tones are another spring contender," says Saunders. "Sand, stone, and rock colors are the inspiration." She suggests layering a matte top coat over a warm sandy coral like this OPI shade to mimic the earthy textures. 

To buy: $11; Ulta.com

Olive & June Nail Polish in CNH

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Ditch navy blue for a lighter shade like this cornflower Olive & June polish. The long-wear statement color has a vegan, 7-free formula that goes on streak-free. (Yes, really.) 

To buy: $8; Oliveandjune.com

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Organdi 

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Along with a number of '90s beauty trends, the French manicure is having a moment. A pinky-beige color like Chanel's Organdi is the perfect your-nails-but-better base for those infamous white tips. 

To buy: $28; Nordstrom.com

Static Nails Liquid Glass Nail Lacquer in Martini Addiction 

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Reintroduce vibrant color into your life — at least with your manicure. This bright pink fuchsia polish stays shiny and chip-free for up to 10 days. Plus, it actually makes your nails healthier, with the help of antioxidants like green tea, rosehip and coconut oils to strengthen, hydrate, and promote nail growth.  

To buy: $16; Nordstrom.com

Sally Hansen Good. Kind. Pure. Vegan Nail Color in Laven-Dear

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One of spring's biggest nail trends is muted tones; think the French manicure or a solid nail with minimalist details like a tiny dot at the base of the nail. Lee calls out Sally Hansen's Good. Kind. Pure Vegan Nail Color in Laven-Dear, a cool lavender, as a must-try shade. 

To buy: $7; Amazon.com.

Côte Nail Polish in No. 62 

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Slime green was one of the biggest nail trends of 2019, and the color is still going strong into the new decade. Saunders says she's "seeing all tones of green from neon to mint to forest, looking current and chic." Instead of neon or pastel, try fresh fern green. 

To buy: $18; Coteshop.co

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Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Color in Fallin'

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Yes, glitter nail polish isn't just for the holidays. In fact, Lee predicts that metallic manicures are going to be everywhere this spring, because they're eye-catching and will spice up any outfit. Deborah Lippmann's silver Fallin' is a great way to lean into the trend. Bonus: It's sheer, so it can be used as a top coat to give your favorite polish a metallic finish, while a few coats of it on its own creates a bold sparkly manicure. 

To buy: $20; Deborahlippmann.com

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