5 Trendy Spring Nail Polish Colors To Brighten Your DIY Mani

Megan Decker
·2 min read

If you believe in the mood-boosting powers of a fresh coat of nail polish, then you'd probably agree that now is a great time for a manicure. Whether you've picked off your gels during a stressful day (then went through our quick three-step rehab plan) or you're just looking for a productive way to pass the time while on your lunch break at home, a DIY manicure is foolproof, so long as you have the right polish color.

As if by luck, this spring's newest shades are the happiest we've seen all year: orchid pink, frosty periwinkle, sage green, and tons of other variations on pastels and shimmer, all of which you can grab now and rotate through your fingers and toes. Shop the five feel-good tones, ahead.

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<h3>Soft Orchid</h3><br>This pink-purple hybrid shade, called Babylove, is sweet and unexpected in equal measure.<br><br><strong>Mischo Beauty</strong> Babylove, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.mischobeauty.com%2Fproducts%2Fbabylove" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Mischo Beauty" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Mischo Beauty</a>

Soft Orchid


This pink-purple hybrid shade, called Babylove, is sweet and unexpected in equal measure.

Mischo Beauty Babylove, $, available at Mischo Beauty
<h3>Frosty Periwinkle</h3><br>Cirque Colors calls this <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/periwinkle-nail-polish" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:periwinkle blue" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">periwinkle blue</a> with delicate shimmer <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2017/01/135988/what-is-hygge" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Hygge" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Hygge</a> — Danish for "cozy" — which is perfect for a snuggly, at-home vibe when the spring air is still a bit nippy.<br><br><strong>Cirque Colors</strong> Hygge, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cirquecolors.com%2Fhygge%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Cirque Colors" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Cirque Colors</a>

Frosty Periwinkle


Cirque Colors calls this periwinkle blue with delicate shimmer Hygge — Danish for "cozy" — which is perfect for a snuggly, at-home vibe when the spring air is still a bit nippy.

Cirque Colors Hygge, $, available at Cirque Colors
<h3>Peony Pink</h3><br>If you're craving a <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/light-pink-nail-polish" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:light pink" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">light pink</a>, go with an opaque polish that won't take four coats to achieve full-coverage shine. Olive & June founder Sarah Gibson Tuttle says that was her main goal when creating this $8 shade of creamy peony.<br><br><strong>Olive & June</strong> 7-FREE NAIL POLISH in JM, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Foliveandjune.com%2Fcollections%2Fnail-polish%2Fproducts%2Fjm" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Olive & June" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Olive & June</a>

Peony Pink


If you're craving a light pink, go with an opaque polish that won't take four coats to achieve full-coverage shine. Olive & June founder Sarah Gibson Tuttle says that was her main goal when creating this $8 shade of creamy peony.

Olive & June 7-FREE NAIL POLISH in JM, $, available at Olive & June
<h3>Sage Green<br></h3><br><a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2021/03/10345188/essie-spring-nail-polish-colors-2021" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Essie's spring 2021 collection" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Essie's spring 2021 collection</a> includes an array of limited-edition neutrals, the most novel being this soft, easy-to-wear green.<br><br><strong>Essie</strong> Cacti on The Prize, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.target.com%2Fp%2Fessie-spring-trend-2021-nail-color-cacti-on-the-prize-0-46-fl-oz%2F-%2FA-80114826" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Target" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Target</a>

Sage Green


Essie's spring 2021 collection includes an array of limited-edition neutrals, the most novel being this soft, easy-to-wear green.

Essie Cacti on The Prize, $, available at Target
<h3>Lemon Yellow</h3><br><a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/yellow-nail-polish" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Yellow nail polish" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Yellow nail polish</a> can be tricky when you're looking for a subtle shade, like lemon. Opt for a color with a creamy white undertone, which reads more soft-glow sunshine than neon.<br><br><strong>CND</strong> Vinylux Smile Maker, $, available at <a href="https://www.amazon.com/CND-VINYLUX-Smile-Maker-374/dp/B08X2PF3P8" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Lemon Yellow


Yellow nail polish can be tricky when you're looking for a subtle shade, like lemon. Opt for a color with a creamy white undertone, which reads more soft-glow sunshine than neon.

CND Vinylux Smile Maker, $, available at Amazon

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