The hues in your 64-pack with the built-in sharpener never looked this bold... This spring, the ROYGBIV spectrum you know and love is getting an extra jolt of color, with primaries like Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics' Rx ($10; nordstrom.com), The Body Shop's Sunny Affair ($8; thebodyshop-usa.com), and Pop the Trunk by China Glaze ($7.50; ulta.com) turning up the contrast. Seasonal brights like Dolce & Gabbana's Bouganville ($26; sephora.com) or CoverGirl's Pump the Pear ($8; target.com) are another way to put a literal spring in your step without getting too matchy-matchy against a floral sundress.
MATTE ABOUT TEXTURE
At first glance, these lacquers may seem like your run-of-the-mill colors, but once they make contact with your nail, they create stunning and unexpected finishes. The glitters used in Sephora's Formula X polish in Marine ($13; sephora.com) and Illamasqua's Marquise ($17; illamasqua.com) dry to a pebbled texture that almost mimics crushed glass. For glitter-free takes on the trend, opt for Ciate's Liquid Chalk ($25 for two;ciatelondon.com) to get a completely matte appearance, or the 2B Colours Leather Effect Polish ($4; ulta.com), which adds a touch of edge to an otherwise feminine ensemble---not unlike that killer biker jacket in your closet.
Nothing ushers in the start of spring like warmer weather, and the return of our favorite pastel nail hues. Because some versions can be thin, requiring multiple layers, a full-coverage creme formula is ideal for nailing the look. Give a nod to the blue skies ahead with soft azures like Christian Louboutin's Batignolles ($50; sephora.com) and Vette by A Beautiful Life ($12;abeautifullife.com), or lacquer up in candy colors like ORLY's Lemonade ($8; ulta.com) and Impala's Cinturinha ($5;mundialimpala.com) for a super-sweet finish that won't trigger a cavity.
If deep wine is the standard nail hue for the colder months, then consider coral to be its seasonal counterpart. Punchy shades like Essie's Sunday Funday ($8.50; essie.com) and Burberry's Bright Coral Red ($22;nordstrom.com) instantly warm up any skin tone ahead of your spring break getaway. We're also obsessed with how the gold hints in OPI's Go With the Lava Flow ($9.50;ulta.com) and Jin Soon's Pastiche ($18;jinsoon.com) add to the bronzed goddess feeling.