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Nichole Beaudry strives to capture the wonder, beauty, and whimsy in the small moments with her children. She earned her undergraduate degree in English from The University of Texas and her master’s in English from California State Un...

5 Must-have nail polish colours for spring

From SheKnows Canada
When it comes to freshening up your look, choosing a new nail polish is a great, low-cost way to jump into spring. It's time to tuck away those bottles of navy, deep red and dark brown polish and lighten things up with a colour that will have you ready for spring.

Woman showing off manicure

Many women indulge in more polishes than they can possibly wear and just looking at this spring's nail polish trends, this year will probably be no different.

Here are five of this spring's hottest polish trends:

Get nude

Mannequin nails are hot this season and couldn't be easier to wear. Flattering for any skin tone, this is one of the safest nail trends to follow this spring. The best thing about a nude polish is it seems to last longer and show less wear.

Tip: To follow this trend, choose a foundation-coloured polish that closely matches your skin tone.

Nudes to nab: Yummy Mummy from Butter™, Sand Tropez from Essie® and Sugar Rush from Sonia Kashuk.

Play with pistachio

Nothing says spring quite like green does. If you've been been reluctant to try a non-traditional colour, this polish is a perfect low-risk hue to indulge in.

Tip: Choose a pistachio polish with more opacity so that the color really pops.

Perfect pistachio picks: Navigate Her from Essie®, Dew from RGB Cosmetics and Duo No. 7 from Yves Saint Laurent Manicure Couture.

Trim with tangerine

Pantone named Tangerine Tango the colour of the year for 2012 and it's cropping up everywhere, from nails to clothes to accessories. Wearing it on your nails is a great way to dip your toe in the water.

Tip: Keep nails shorter and nicely kept, as you'll be drawing attention to your fingers with this bold colour.

Tangerines to try: Oriel Orange from MAC, Tango Mango from Sonia Kashuk and Tangerine from Essie®.

Learn how to make your manicure last >>

Pick a pastel

Pretty pastel nails are gracing the nails of women everywhere this spring. From the palest pink to the loveliest lavender, this spring's pastels leave you feeling like a lady.

Tip: Pair spring pastels with khaki, cream or grey to keep yourself from looking like an Easter basket.

Pastels to pick: To Buy or Not To Buy from Essie®, May from Chanel and Teddy Girl from Butter™.

Fingers in fuchsia

Straight from the spring runways, fuchsia fingernails are a vibrant way to welcome spring.

Tip: Be sure your fingernails and cuticles are extremely well cared for when choosing a colour this bright, as it will highlight any imperfections.

Fuchsias to fancy: Tour de Finance from Essie, Toco Toucan from MAC and Disco Biscuit from Butter™.

Learn how to prevent dry, damaged nails >>

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