(The Nail File)

Cocktail Nail Colors Will Be Everywhere This Spring

Swoon-worthy indeed.

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Spring is just around the corner which means it’s time to shed those moody winter nail colors in lieu of something light and bright. Luckily, these punchy manicures are just the seasonal inspiration you need. Keep scrolling for nine of the best pastel colors to usher in the warm weather ahead.

Sunrise Orange

Warm weather begs for patio brunches. If you’re in need of weekend pick-me-up, try a manicure created with muddled shades of citrus. Think bright oranges, lemons, and soft peach colors a-la brunch's other delight: the mimosa.

Cherry Jelly

Before there were lip gloss manicures, jelly nails were the answer to high gloss shine. With their slightly translucent look and maximum pigment payoff, these cherry-hued nails have the best glistening effect for the sun-filled days to come.

Espresso Martini

It's safe to say that these chocolate brown nails are every bit as enticing as the cult-loved martini. It seamlessly blends matte and glossy textures for a finished look that is delightfully juxtaposed – and a fun twist on the traditional French manicure.

Cool Lime

Neon hues are no stranger to spring, but a full opaque set can be difficult to nail if you typically steer toward minimalist nail looks. Instead, try using the color as an accent design to a neutral base.

Starburst Brights

Thanks to their vivid hues, candy-coated colors are an excellent style for shorter nails. To get the full effect, be sure to add a glossy top coat.

Mellow Yellow

Whenever Hailey Bieber drops a new nail look you know it’s going to be big, and this lemon drop-esque manicure is no different.

Tropical Punch

Maximalists will be thrilled to know that more is still more as this poppy manicure proves. Using a bold color as its base and contrasting dotted art, this design is giving retro candy dot vibes in the best way.

Cotton Candy

For a modern approach to pastels, this manicure focuses on blending lavender, pink, and baby blue shades for a result that’s as sweet as cotton candy.


In case you missed it: red is the color of the season. This eye-popping manicure is proof of its draw even in small doses.


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