There’s nothing that feels quite as fresh as a new manicure—especially during the beginning of spring when brighter shades of polish start to make an appearance. After months of deep shades that matched the drab days of winter, the right of passage that is a new season’s manicure is just what we need as the weather starts to warm up in the spring. From bright greens that remind us how green the grass will be once the snow melts to shimmery pinks that make us want to order a grapefruit cocktail on vacation, spring nail colors are here to help us celebrate warmer days ahead. Kiss dreary winter tones goodbye, and say hello to spring 2023’s full lineup of bright and pastel tones, plus a few unexpected additions.
1. Lemon Lime
Last year, we saw bright neon green take the stage, but in 2023, the shade of green we are seeing everywhere is softer with a spritz of citrus. This lemon line shade is eye-catching without feeling “in your face,” which is why it is our #1 pick.
The clean-girl aesthetic is still going strong, and this barely-there yet polished manicure is just what you need to round out the look this spring. While it’s not one of the spring nail colors you would anticipate, it’s equally as fresh.
3. Tropical Pink
Pink will never go out of style, especially on the nails, but this tropical grapefruit-esque version is the cool-girl way to wear it this spring. This fun shade is a welcomed change from classic pink but it is just as bold and will go with any bathing suit you pack for vacation.
4. Lilac Blue
Pastels are a sign that spring is here, and with that, so are blue skies. We love this soft shade of blue with a hint of lilac, especially now that all shades of blue are trending.
5. Sheer Silver
Lavender is a little bit darker than a traditional spring pastel while still being soft, which makes it an eye-catching shade no matter where spring break takes you.
A bold choice among the softer shades of spring is this cobalt blue, but trust, this shade of blue is absolutely everywhere right now after making an appearance in Spring 2023 Couture shows.
This playful shade of teal is one of our favorites for the season because of its versatility—meaning, it will look just as good with your brunch outfit as it will with your LBD for a dinner date.
9. Muted Yellow
We can’t decide what this shade reminds us of more: a lemon loaf with icing, peeps at Easter, or a sunny day at the beginning of the season. Either way, it’s a must-wear shade this spring.
Tangerine made a statement on runways for spring fashion this year, and it’s not stopping there. This shade of orange gives “juicy and bright” instead of “traffic cone,” and that’s why we love it.