Nail colours can brighten up your ensemble with just a quick lick of brights or pastels. If your wardrobe hasn't quite stepped into the new season yet, there's more ways than one to feel a bit brighter.
Nail colours are never more important than in spring. Finally we can shake off the deep purples and Christmas glitters and pave the way for candy-coloured pastels and sunset pinks and oranges.
The simplest way to give yourself that spring feeling is with a little colour on your fingertips. As with the SS14 clothing collections, nail colours love pastel colourings this spring as pretty pinks, mint greens and icy blues invade the deep post-winter palette. Deborah Lippmann does sugar-coated colourings particularly well with her new season shades, even giving them sweet namesakes like Spring Buds and Build Me Up Buttercup. We can also rely on Ciate and Essie, as always, for some adorable sugar-sweet shades.
We’re in love with the tropical vibes from Dior and Tom Ford who incorporate sunset oranges into their SS14 collections, making us dream of a scorching hot summer. And, continuing with a holiday-ready theme, mermaidean greens replace your shimmer reds and glitter golds for night time nail looks, maintaining that opalescent shine but with seaside vibes instead.
For a parred down palette, introduce some taupe and stone colours alongside peachy nudes. Bring together your whole minimalist look with one of these subtle spring shades.
See what colours spring has in store for all your nail paint needs…
The Laura Mercier Attitude shade will give your tips a futuristic feel thanks to its high metallic shine.
Essie nail colours are always a favourite, but their candy-coated pastels are a real treat for the eyes. Choose the Fashion Playground shade for a new way to wear blue.
Barry M’s Gelly Nail Paints are easy to apply and last a seriously long time with a glossy shine and they’re so cheap! Which is why we can’t wait to see every shade.
Baby blue has never looked so cool. YSL is definitely the way to go when it comes to trying this season’s pale palette.
What’s not to love about the Dior Porcelaine colour? Go cool blue in this icy shade and take some of the heat off your high summer outfit.
Deborah Lippmann has nailed the pastel palette for the spring, working pinks, mints and icy blues into the SS14 collection. This Blue Orchid colour makes us want to go sugar-coated from head to toe.
Updating your nightime colour palette, the YSL No 51 has holiday evenings written all over it.
A mermaidian colour like this Surf Spray from Revlon suits beach days and summer nights alike.
With high summer on it’s way, we’re dreaming of the seaside in algae shades like this OPI Amazon, Amazoff nail paint.
To match this season’s garden parties and outdoors occasions, you’ll be needing a must-have deep green shade like London Town’s Secret Garden nail colour.
Go head to toe in the catwalk’s favourite with python print. You can achieve that scaley effect with just a flick of your shimmer-effect Barry M nail paint.
This lime colour is our new fashion favourite. With Deborah Lippmann you know you’ll get longwearing coverage for plenty of pastel days ahead.
M&S nail polishes come in a variety of on-trend colours this spring. This green shade is top of our list.
A lime shade like this one gives a zesty edge to the pastel colour collection. Wear it on one finger or a whole hand.
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Minty greens will keep you cool this spring. Ciate’s Sweet Pea colour is super-soft and subtle.
White nails were the catwalk favourite this season and with high street beauty favourite Topshop jumping on board with the trend, it’s very hard to resist.
A pearlised finish will give a high glamour look to your manicure. Wear yours in an on-trend white with Revlon’s Fresh Linen.
Nudes are still a firm favourite for spring/summer 2014 – subtly is the key to this nail trend.
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Mavala’s Vanilla Nail Polish is perfect for a work manicure. Subtle and understatement, this nude shade is spot on for a nail update.
Wear your nudes with peachy undertones in Tom Ford’s Sugar Dune nail colour.
For a high glamour beach look, wear a little shimmer in your nail shade with Illamasqua’s coffee-coloured Trilliant nail paint.
Work a deep stone shade into a parred down palette. This Sao Paulo shade works best as a full send and a statement nail.
Deep and mysterious, Chanel’s latest spring addition is the Charivari shade. It’s a classic, to be one worn with any number of chic ensembles.
We call the ‘Scores A Goal’ nail paint, ‘one of the classics.’ This deep mauve colour is versatile and easy to wear with any outfit.
Your favourite deep purple shades should not be reserved for winter. This spring colour, ‘Portobello Plum’ will suit the ikat prints of high summer a treat.
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Adding a pink tone to stone shades, this nearly taupe nail polish from Orly is easy to wear with any ensemble.
We couldn’t have gone the whole summer without an update on the old faithful hot pink. Less bright, but more indulgent, this African Tea colour is perfect for your global traveller look.
Your beach ensemble will love this Marilyn shade. Mischo’s high summer shade was made for toe nails, we reckon.
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Trust Dior to offer something truly unique with ‘Bloom’. Daring in hot pink, this nail shade is certainly not for wallflowers.
Hot pink is fast becoming our favourite of the summer brights. No longer reserved for girlie ensembles, this fierce shades totally means business.
A stunning shade, Indiscretion from Tom Ford is striking and highly glamourous. This one’s certainly a night time shade.
A deep red from Chanel? That’s a no brainer. Try the Tapage shade alongside your workwear wardrobe.
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Sunset colours are perfect for a high summer look. Match your summer brights wardrobe to a sumptuous orange shade form NARS.
Impala’s fiery Film de Tarde nail polish makes us think this summer is going to be a scorcher. (Please, please please…)
Go tropical with Revlon’s Apricot Nectar shade for high summer. It will tie in perfectly with the print-heavy pieces in your holiday wardrobe.
A rich orange like this one is perfectly suited to the tribal trend obsession dominating the rails in SS14. Holiday nail shade, check.
Choose a sunset shade like ‘Bouquet’ by Dior and make sure summer is at the tip of your fingers this year, even if it’s rather wishful.
Mavala release your new go-to nail shade for spring. Great coverage and long-wearing, the Via Veneto nail polish is one to keep on you at all times.
Opting for a pinkier purple than most this season, Ciate sweeten up your nail collection with Poppet.
Soften up spring’s infamous tomboy trends with this candy-coloured shade from Dior. It’s safe to say we’re in love with Perle.
Head to the high street to get your sugar fix this spring. Topshop’s nail colours are proving pretty popular with beauty lovers and this Parma Violet shade is certainly on our hit list.
Pastels are sugar-coating every fashionistas finger tips this spring, you just have to choose your shade. Lavender would be our choice for SS14’s floral obsession.
Not quite brights, but deeper than pastels, the M&S Soft Violet nail shade gives better coverage in a thicker purple shade.
Laura Mercier’s deep purple is flirty and fun, and as the name suggests, this sweet shade is far from innocent.
Pull off a ballerina shade with a little help from Chanel this season. Their latest release is girlie without being too indulgent.
In an adorable pale pink, the Doll Face shade from Ciate will give your outfit an innocent edge and some sweet girlie styling.
A barely-there baby pink is not quite a nude but nearly one of spring’s pastels. For a subtle finger tip manicure, the Topshop Ethereal shade is the one.
The M&S beauty collection works one of the season’s hottest catwalk trends into its repertoire. It’s even got a shimmer finish for that fashion-loves-metallic look.
Lemon can be a tricky shade to wear, even in spring. But the colour collections are championing this subtle pastel colour and this Build Me Up Buttercup shade couldn’t get any sunnier.
Rather than a pastel yellow colour, brave the bright Notting The Fancy colour from London Town, especialyl with a glitter accent nail.