Finally, we’ve had a pep in our step thanks to the first days of Spring. We’re gradually ditching dark Winter colours in favour of Spring brights from our wardrobes, down to our nails. We’ve decided to lighten up and inject some playfulness back into our manicures with fine lines this Spring. This nail trend features a fresh nude base paired with delicate designs in soft pastels and primary colours. To keep things low maintenance and cute, stick to a short and classic nail shape but have fun with the colours and detail. We’ve compiled the best nail colours and tools to try this at home.
The Nude Base:
Nails.INC Mykonos Beach Nude Nail Polish (£8)
Mykonos Beach is a pink-based nude shade with an AHA-infused formula to help smooth and hydrate nails. You’ll achieve a flawless application with the Nails.INC patented wide hugging brush.
Nails.INC Regents Place NailPure Nail Polish (£15)
Nothing says ‘Spring’ like this cornflour blue shade. Nails.INC’s NailPure formula is alcohol-free and boosts the production of keratin for stronger and healthier nails.
Nails.INC White Out Nail Polish (£11)
The stark white opacity of this nail polish makes it our first choice for nail art. Plus, it’s the perfect base to make pastel or neon nail colours pop!
The Sheer Nude Base:
Essie Gel Couture Nail Polish in Fairy Tailor (£9.95)
We love this pink-toned sheer nude because it looks natural and brightens the appearance of your natural nail tips. The gel formula doesn’t require a UV or LED lamp. As always, we recommend applying a base coat to prevent streaks.
Essie Nail Polish in Licorice (£7.95)
One coat is all it takes to get high-coverage from this glossy nail polish. As with all colours featured, it’s long-lasting and chip-resistant too!
Essie Nail Polish in Check Your Baggage (£7.99)
Layer this mellow yellow polish over white for super-vibrant uniformed coverage. It’s a polish we’ll revisit throughout Spring.
Essie Nail Polish in Fifth Avenue (£7.95)
This rich, vibrant red from Essie will make your abstract drawings come to life.
The Nude Base:
OPI Nail Lacquer in Bubble Bath – Nude (£13.99)
This perfect neutral, light pink shade makes for a sweet and simple manicure. The formula delivers high coverage, whilst OPI’s signature ProWide brush prevents streaks.
Essie 249 Go Ginza Pale Purple Nail Polish (£7.99)
This pale purple polish offers high-coverage and a glossy finish. Best of all, you’ll only need one coat.
Essie Nail Colour 99 Mint Candy Apple Nail Polish (£7.99)
Essie’s nail color in Mint Candy Apple is an essential part of our 5-a-day. It’s a light mint green with a creamy opaque finish, perfect for Spring.
Max Factor Masterpiece Xpress Nail Polish in Made Me Blush (£5.99)
Have fun painting with this one coat wonder in the prettiest shade of pastel pink, and it’s quick-drying too!
The Base & Top Coat:
Nails.INC Number Ones Base and Top Coat Duo (£10)
For longer-lasting manicures, stain prevention, and healthier nails, always apply a base and topcoat. Number Ones by Nails.INC is our go-to for nail protection. The pack includes NailKale Superfood Base Coat, a powerful nail treatment containing keratin to stimulate nail growth, strengthen nails, provide deep nourishment and anti-breakage protection. And, 45 Second Retinol Top Coat, a vitamin-enriched formula and increases the wear of your nail polish by adding chip resistance that seals in colour.
The Nail Art Tools:
Semilac Nail Art Thin Brush NR 000-3 (£8.49)
When you invest in a quality nail art brush, you’re halfway there to achieving flawless designs. Semilac’s thin brush in NR 000-3 has Kolinsky bristles which are known for high durability.
The Body Shop Nail Art Pen (£5)
Dotting, striping or drawing to your heart’s content, you can do it all with this dual-ended nail art pen from The Body Shop. It’s currently marked down to 50p so get it whilst it’s hot!
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