So come spring, it's prime time to break out the inspo we've been seeing all over Instagram, along with the spring runway shows. We got hundreds of new nail ideas backstage to obsess over, between cool, minimalist nail-art options, fresh takes on negative space, and enough metallic accents to make our eyes shine. Scroll on for the best nail polish ideas for spring—because even if it hasn't started feeling like it outside, there's nothing wrong with giving the weather a polished flick in the right direction.
Why choose one pastel shade when you can wear them all? Go big with a mix of blues, pinks, oranges, and purples. Essie has some of our favorites this season.
Florals for spring? They actually are kind of groundbreaking on your nails. Nail artist Alicia Torello used Deborah Lippmann's Blue Orchid and Laughin to the Bank to draw these tiny petals on.
Take a page from nail artist Betina Goldstein and trace an electric-blue line right at your cuticle. We love Nars in Night Out.
The arts-and-crafts pattern is having a real moment in the fashion spotlight once again. And when we say "a moment," we mean it's everywhere: T-shirts, sweaters, accessories, and yep, even nails.
Our Nickelodeon days might be over, but our love for slime lives on. Copy nail artist Betina Goldstein and use two coats of Essie Nail Polish in Blanc and one coat of Stencil Me In to really make the green pop.
This look from Korean nail artist Park Eunkyung is extra in all the right ways. Pearls! Studs! Shimmer! Be still, our hearts.
Theory: If neutrals go with everything, they’ll definitely go with more neutrals, right? Based on this chic polish spectrum we saw at Baja East, we think it holds up. (FYI, OPI has a ton of options to get you started.)
Combine spring's two biggest trends—rhinestones and cuticle art—into one crazy-cool-looking mani (as nail artist Naomi Yasuda did here).
Black-and-white not your thing? Go for neutral shades with the same undertone (like blush pink), starting with the deepest on your thumb. We love these shades from Sundays.