11 Pastel Nail Polishes For This Weekend’s DIY Manicure

Megan Decker
·3 min read

Slowly but surely, pastels are starting to feel more seasonally appropriate. Even if you're watching the cherry blossoms bloom through a window (or worse, via TikTok), there's something cheerful about warm-weather indicators that make this crazy time feel a bit more zen. Of course, the simplest, most non-committal way to ease into spring tones — especially while you're living in sweats and looking for an activity — is with a DIY manicure.

If your collection of pastels is looking a little sad and crusty at the moment, we have your guide to the most current crème de la crème of pastel polish. From sage green to lilac, click ahead to find the prettiest pastel polishes to add to your stash.

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<h3>Suite Eleven Tea Time</h3><br>From <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/sage-green-homeware-interiors" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:houseplants to home decor" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">houseplants to home decor</a>, sage green is trending right now. On nails, this soft, cream-based sage is basically the new neutral.<br><br><strong>Suite Eleven</strong> Tea Time, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.suiteleven.com%2Fcollections%2Fnail-lacquer%2Fproducts%2Ftea-time" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Suite Eleven" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Suite Eleven</a>

Suite Eleven Tea Time


From houseplants to home decor, sage green is trending right now. On nails, this soft, cream-based sage is basically the new neutral.

Suite Eleven Tea Time, $, available at Suite Eleven
<h3>Pear Nova Tokyo Afterglow</h3><br>Who said that pastels can't make a bright, look-at-me statement?<br><br><strong>Pear Nova</strong> Tokyo Afterglow, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.pearnova.com%2Fcollections%2Fclassic-lacquer%2Fproducts%2Ftokyo-afterglow" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Pear Nova" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Pear Nova</a>

Pear Nova Tokyo Afterglow


Who said that pastels can't make a bright, look-at-me statement?

Pear Nova Tokyo Afterglow, $, available at Pear Nova
<h3>Mischo Beauty Babylove</h3><br>The perfect polish for those times when you can't decide between pink and purple.<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>

Mischo Beauty Babylove


The perfect polish for those times when you can't decide between pink and purple.

Mischo Beauty Babylove, $, available at Mischo Beauty
<h3>Dazzle Dry Frozen Lemonade</h3><br>A nail polish to wear while drinking an ice-cold lemonade (or Limoncello).<br><br><strong>Dazzle Dry</strong> Frozen Lemonade, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fshop.dazzledry.com%2Fcollections%2Fnail-lacquers%2Fproducts%2Ffrozen-lemonade" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Dazzle Dry" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Dazzle Dry</a>

Dazzle Dry Frozen Lemonade


A nail polish to wear while drinking an ice-cold lemonade (or Limoncello).

Dazzle Dry Frozen Lemonade, $, available at Dazzle Dry
<h3>Sundays No.44</h3><br>The sweet spot between <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/best-white-nail-polish" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:white" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">white</a> and <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/green-nail-polish" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:green" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">green</a> is a pastel mint.<br><br><strong>Dear Sundays</strong> No.44, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fdearsundays.com%2Fproduct%2Fnail-polish%2Fcolors%2Fno-44%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Dear Sundays" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Dear Sundays</a>

Sundays No.44


The sweet spot between white and green is a pastel mint.

Dear Sundays No.44, $, available at Dear Sundays
<h3>Ella + Mila Cotton Candy</h3><br>Like hand-spun cotton candy, this shade is a bubblegum pink with a sugary sparkle finish.<br><br><strong>ella+mila</strong> Cotton Candy, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ellamila.com%2Fproducts%2Fme-collection-cotton-candy%3Fvariant%3D15008558404%26currency%3DUSD%26utm_campaign%3Dgs-2018-11-04%26utm_source%3Dgoogle%26utm_medium%3Dsmart_campaign%26gclid%3DEAIaIQobChMI66Wb8vjb6AIVe_fjBx1SyAheEAQYAyABEgLRRfD_BwE" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:ella+mila" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">ella+mila</a>

Ella + Mila Cotton Candy


Like hand-spun cotton candy, this shade is a bubblegum pink with a sugary sparkle finish.

ella+mila Cotton Candy, $, available at ella+mila
<h3>Olive & June BP</h3><br>We're calling this frosty <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/periwinkle-nail-polish" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:periwinkle" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">periwinkle</a> by Olive & June grown-up upgrade to that old bottle of blue polish you <em>loved</em> back in high school. <br><br><strong>Olive & June</strong> Olive & June Nail Polish - 0.46 fl oz, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.target.com%2Fp%2Folive-38-june-nail-polish-0-46-fl-oz%2F-%2FA-79576361%3Fpreselect%3D76500712%23lnk%3Dsametab" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Target" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Target</a>

Olive & June BP


We're calling this frosty periwinkle by Olive & June grown-up upgrade to that old bottle of blue polish you loved back in high school.

Olive & June Olive & June Nail Polish - 0.46 fl oz, $, available at Target
<h3>Tenoverten Watts<br></h3><br>"I love this pinkish mauve color for spring," Tenoverten nail pro Nadine Abramcyk tells us of Watts, a cool-toned shade somewhere between <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/light-pink-nail-polish" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:barely-there blush" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">barely-there blush</a> and lavender. "It's a soft pastel that still makes a fresh statement."<br><br><strong>Tenoverten</strong> Nail Polish in Watts, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.target.com%2Fp%2Ftenoverten-nail-polish-watts-0-45-fl-oz%2F-%2FA-53931365" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Target" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Target</a>

Tenoverten Watts


"I love this pinkish mauve color for spring," Tenoverten nail pro Nadine Abramcyk tells us of Watts, a cool-toned shade somewhere between barely-there blush and lavender. "It's a soft pastel that still makes a fresh statement."

Tenoverten Nail Polish in Watts, $, available at Target
<h3>Chanel Le Vernis Bleu Pastel</h3><br>Frosty blue feels inherently youthful, while the designer label ensures this shade knows no age. "Chanel's Bleu Pastel shade is the prettiest <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/blue-nail-polish" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:muted baby blue" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">muted baby blue</a>," says Abramcyk. "It's a universal pastel for spring, and looks gorgeous on everyone."<br><br><strong>Chanel</strong> Le Vernis Longwear Nail Color in Bleu Pastel, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.barneys.com%2Fproduct%2Fchanel-le-vernis-longwear-nail-color-505289820.html%3Futm_source%3Dgoogle%26utm_medium%3Dcpc%26utm_content%3DProduct-Type-womens-cosmetics-nails%26utm_keyword%3DPRODUCT_GROUP%26utm_campaign%3DBNY-PLA-US-GGL-NB-Product-Type_PSP%26gclid%3DEAIaIQobChMIh5z9_e7h4AIVzB-GCh0g3wbaEAYYASABEgJEWfD_BwE%26gclsrc%3Daw.ds" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Barneys New York" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Barneys New York</a>

Chanel Le Vernis Bleu Pastel


Frosty blue feels inherently youthful, while the designer label ensures this shade knows no age. "Chanel's Bleu Pastel shade is the prettiest muted baby blue," says Abramcyk. "It's a universal pastel for spring, and looks gorgeous on everyone."

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Color in Bleu Pastel, $, available at Barneys New York
<h3>Essie Mind-ful Meditation <br></h3><br>If you take your pastels on the neutral side, any shade from Essie's Serene Slate collection will likely fall in your wheelhouse. They're all pretty, but we're partial to this dusty gray with warm undertones. "Essie's Mind-full Meditation reads as a beige with a hint of apricot," Abramcyk says. "It gives softness with just the right touch of color."<br><br><strong>Essie</strong> Nail Polish in Mind-full Meditation, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.target.com%2Fp%2Fessie-nail-polish-mind-full-meditation-0-46-fl-oz%2F-%2FA-53633650%3Fref%3Dtgt_adv_XS000000%26AFID%3Dgoogle_pla_df%26fndsrc%3Dtgtao%26CPNG%3DPLA_Health%252BBeauty%252BShopping%26adgroup%3DSC_Health%252BBeauty%26LID%3D700000001170770pgs%26network%3Dg%26device%3Dc%26location%3D9004338%26ds_rl%3D1246978%26ds_rl%3D1248099%26ds_rl%3D1246978%26gclid%3DEAIaIQobChMIy8_H4fDh4AIVwSaGCh2gZwxcEAQYASABEgL-PPD_BwE%26gclsrc%3Daw.ds" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Target" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Target</a>

Essie Mind-ful Meditation


If you take your pastels on the neutral side, any shade from Essie's Serene Slate collection will likely fall in your wheelhouse. They're all pretty, but we're partial to this dusty gray with warm undertones. "Essie's Mind-full Meditation reads as a beige with a hint of apricot," Abramcyk says. "It gives softness with just the right touch of color."

Essie Nail Polish in Mind-full Meditation, $, available at Target
<h3>Jinsoon Tweety <br></h3><br>It's easy to get a yellow manicure wrong, but it's just as simple to have the happiest fingernails <em>ever</em> as long as you pick the right polish. "We formulated this bright pastel yellow called Tweety to be playful and flattering," says Choi of her favorite yellow from her brand, Jinsoon. "The color is reminiscent of forsythia flowers." <br><br><strong>JINsoon</strong> Nail Polish in Tweety, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fjinsoon.com%2Ftweety%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:JinSoon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">JinSoon</a>

Jinsoon Tweety


It's easy to get a yellow manicure wrong, but it's just as simple to have the happiest fingernails ever as long as you pick the right polish. "We formulated this bright pastel yellow called Tweety to be playful and flattering," says Choi of her favorite yellow from her brand, Jinsoon. "The color is reminiscent of forsythia flowers."

JINsoon Nail Polish in Tweety, $, available at JinSoon

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