When it comes to my nails, I usually play it safe. Like any pre-teen with a penchant for Nirvana and thick black eyeliner, when I first started wearing nail polish, I only wore black. I rocked the patron manicure of angsty teens for years, baring my chipped and bitten nails with pride. Eventually, I grew out of it, but I had forgotten how fun expressing myself through nails could be. That is, of course, until I took the plunge and switched out my tried-and-true tones to experiment with the best spring nail colors 2022 has to offer.

I’ll admit it: For a few years, I didn’t even paint my nails at all. Instead, I chose to focus on repairing my nail health after years of biting them down (ouch). But over the past few years, nail art has come back into favor. After all, there’s nothing like the power of a good manicure—and this trend is a great reminder of exactly that. The bold nail looks abound, and they’re inspiring me to try something new. There’s no time like the present to be adventurous with your nails.

Truly, what is spring for but reinvention? The turning of the seasons always fills me with inexplicable excitement. Suddenly, anything and everything feels possible. The sun starts shining again, the days get longer, and countless opportunities spread themselves out in front of me. The call to try something new can’t be denied, and I’m diving in deep. A low-stakes way to channel this fervor for change? A DIY mani-pedi, of course. This year, I’m finally trying all the nail inspo I’ve saved on Instagram and committing myself to switching things up.

Feature image by Belathée Photography.

Image by Dagny Piasecki

To get the lowdown on all the best spring nail colors and trends, I consulted celebrity nail stylist Fleury Rose. She gave me the scoop on all the best trends to try for spring, how to choose the right one for you, and some of her favorite shades. Read on for some major manicure inspiration.

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Fleury Rose is a celebrity nail artist. Her work has been featured in Vogue, Teen Vogue, and Paper Magazine (among other publications) as well as on countless nail and beauty blogs. Rose works with a number of model, artist, and stylist clients who love her fresh, bold take on nail art.

What nail trends do you predict being big this spring?

According to Rose, people are itching for any opportunity to express themselves. The season’s bright, bold nail trends reflect that. “With the mask mandates ending, people are really wanting to see and be seen after what feels like an eternity of isolation,” she notes. “This makes me think that people will really be serving looks as the weather heats up, nails included! Think fun bright colors like green, long lengths, and lots of expressive nail art like the girls from Euphoria. My clients have been loving the tiny 3D gummy bears I make on their nails—totally sweet for spring.”

Image by Belathée Photography

How do you pick the best nail color for you?

If you’ve ever experienced that fresh-from-the-salon feeling with a new shade on your nails, then it goes without saying: Color can change how you feel. “When choosing a nail color, I generally consider how it makes me feel when I look at it, but also how I’d like to feel,” says Rose. Pick something aspirational. Whether you need a little confidence or a warm-weather mood booster, a fresh-color mani has you covered. Rose’s take: “We’ve just entered March, and it’s still QUITE cold. A lot of clients have been doing bright, neon, and dopamine-inducing colors to boost their moods ’til the weather warms up. It’s a great time to express your individuality through your nail colors if you dare!”

What are your spring nail colors recommendations?

Go big or go home, says Rose. “I love a green nail for spring! There’s a specific neon, pastel green that seems to be turning up all over my Instagram feed. OPI’s ‘The Pass is Always Greener’ is super pretty even as a French nail! I’m also obsessed with Megan Fox and her matching green mani-pedi. So cute! Gucci’s ‘Melinda’ would be so perfect!”

Without further ado, dive into the best spring nail colors for a mood-boosting mani.

OPI The Pass is Always Greener

This Rose-approved shade is the perfect way to dip your toes into a bolder shade. It works both as a full mani or even an accent. Try it on a French mani, per Rose’s suggestion!

OPI The Pass is Always Greener, $10.79

Gucci Melinda

This Gucci green is a yes across the board. From the bold, statement-making shade to the graceful bottle—it’ll look just as good on your vanity as it does on your nails.

Gucci Melinda, $30

ella + mila Earth’s Finest

Double up on the green: We love this nontoxic polish for its sweet shade and for being an environmentally-friendly pick.

ella + mila Earth’s Finest, $10.50

ella + mila Sunset Escape

Orange is another color that you can expect to see a lot of this spring. As the sun sets later, try this shade for a bright reminder of the warmer, longer days to come.

ella + mila Sunset Escape, $10.50

J.Hannah Ghost Ranch

This burnt orange is spring’s take on a classic red. Switch things up with this punchy hue, and while you’re at it, throw on a pair of cowboy boots to complete your new look.

J.Hannah Ghost Ranch, $19

J.Hannah Eames

Earthy, muddy tones are cool this season. Step away from traditionally pretty colors and try something rich and interesting, like this Eames shade.

J.Hannah Eames, $19

Essie Take Me To Thread

If it’s good enough for Hailey Bieber, it’s good enough for all of us, right? This rich mauve is a favorite of the always-on trend celeb. It’s a more grown-up version of a perfect pink.

Essie Take Me To Thread, $12

Lights Lacquer, Donna

Millennial pink has given way to a more unapologetic neon hue and we couldn’t be more excited. This is the kind of hot pink you put on when you’re gearing up to go out.

Lights Lacquer, Donna, $9.50

Olive & June WKF

The nail color of my cottagecore dreams. This mossy olive is a reminder that green is a neutral. This mossy olive lets you add some life into your everyday look—and we’re here for it.

Olive & June WKF, $9

Olive & June Angelfish

Sky blue is another hit color this season. Manifest clear skies and warm days with this pastel-y shade.

Olive & June Angelfish, $9

CND Vinylux Denim Patch #226

Skinny jeans? Mom jeans? Low-rise jeans? Whatever camp you’re in, this denim shade is versatile, fun, and totally timeless.

CND Vinylux Denim Patch #226, $7.50

Smith & Cult, Exit the Void

Pastel purple is a perfect spring choice. This aptly-named shade invites you to exit the void and step into spring as your best self.

Smith & Cult, Exit the Void, $18

Static Nails Beach Bum

Summer is so close, I can almost feel the sand on my skin. This shade calls to mind lifeguard suits, summer sunsets, and that sun-kissed glow.

Static Nails Beach Bum, $16

CND, Oceanside

Why not complement a beachy shade with this aquamarine blue? You could even use this bright, ocean blue for swirly geometric nail accents.

CND, Oceanside, $14.99

Gucci Dorothy Turquoise

This Wizard of Oz-inspired hue will make every day feel like an adventure. The pearly turquoise shade will inevitably become your go-to.

Gucci Dorothy Turquoise, $30

Emilie Heathe Champagne Toast

Of all the pastel spring colors, baby pink is as classic as they come. Give it a little glitz with this glittery, champagne accent.

Emilie Heathe Champagne Toast, $28

Essie All Oar Nothing

Anyone else getting creamsicle cravings? Try this polish for a subtler way to indulge in the orange trend.

Essie All Oar Nothing, $9


Yellow is the happiest color, hence this shade. There’s nothing more bright, bold, and exciting than a full yellow mani.

UN/DUN LAQR Joyride, $18

Deborah Lippmann Black Magic Woman

What’s a night out these days if it doesn’t include a disco ball? Bring the party wherever you go with this daring glittery polish.

Deborah Lippmann Black Magic Woman, $20

Sally Hansen Let’s Get Digital

Y2K trends are back. Go full 2000s with this holographic blend of two spring colors: blue and purple.

Sally Hansen Let’s Get Digital, $9.99

Which spring nail colors are you dying to try? Share in the comments!

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