Trend Alert: The Spring Shades a Celebrity Stylist Loves for a Mood-Boosting Mani

The brighter, the better.

By Langa Chinyoka
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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 2023 has to offer.

I’ll admit, for a few years I didn’t paint my nails at all. Instead, I chose to focus on repairing my nail health after years of biting them down (ouch). But recently, 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. 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.

Featured image from our interview with Cyndi Ramirez by Belathée Photography.

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Image by Belathée Photography

An Expert Shares the Biggest Spring Nail Colors for 2023

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.

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. Keep reading for major manicure inspiration.

Fleury Rose

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.

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Image by Michelle Nash

According to Rose, people are itching for any opportunity to express themselves. The season’s bright, bold nail trends reflect that. She notes that, after years staying indoors and without opportunity to put self-expression on display, “people are really wanting to see and be seen after what feels like an eternity of isolation. 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. My clients have been loving the tiny 3D gummy bears I make on their nails—totally sweet for spring.”

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Image by Belathée Photography

How to Select 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 is that in some areas, “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!”

woman eating croissant, spring nail colors
Image by Belathée Photography

The Best Spring Nail Colors for a Mood-Boosting Mani

OPI The Pass is Always Greener

u003cpu003eThis Rose-approved hue 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.u003c/pu003e

OPI The Pass is Always Greener, $11.49

Gucci Melinda

u003cpu003eThis 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.u003c/pu003e

Gucci Melinda, $33

ella + mila Earth’s Finest

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ella + mila Earth’s Finest, $10.50

ella + mila Sunset Escape

u003cpu003eOrange 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.u003c/pu003e

ella + mila Sunset Escape, $10.50

J.Hannah Ghost Ranch

u003cpu003eThis 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. u003c/pu003e

J.Hannah Ghost Ranch, $22

J.Hannah Eames

u003cpu003eEarthy, muddy tones are cool this season. Step away from traditionally pretty colors and try something rich and interesting, like this Eames shade.u003c/pu003e

J.Hannah Eames, $22

Essie Take Me To Thread

u003cpu003eIf 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.u003c/pu003e

Essie Take Me To Thread, $13

Lights Lacquer Donna

u003cpu003eMillennial 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. u003c/pu003e

Lights Lacquer, Donna, $11

Olive u0026 June WKF

u003cpu003eThe nail color of my u003ca href=u0022 dreamsu003c/au003e. This mossy olive is a reminder that green is a neutral. It lets you add some life to your everyday look—and we’re here for it.u003c/pu003e

Olive u0026 June WKF, $9

Olive u0026 June Angelfish

u003cpu003eSky blue is another hit color this season. Manifest clear skies and warm days with this pastel-y shade.u003c/pu003e

Olive u0026 June Angelfish, $9

CND Vinylux Denim Patch #226

u003cpu003eSkinny jeans? Mom jeans? Low-rise jeans? Whatever camp you’re in, this denim shade is versatile, fun, and totally timeless. u003c/pu003e

CND Vinylux Denim Patch #226, $7.75

Smith u0026 Cult, Exit the Void

u003cpu003ePastel purple is a perfect spring choice. This aptly-named shade invites you to exit the void and step into spring as your best self.u003c/pu003e

Smith u0026 Cult, Exit the Void, $18

Static Nails Beach Bum

u003cpu003eSummer is so close, I can almost feel the sand on my skin. (Okay, maybe wishful thinking.) But this shade calls to mind lifeguard suits, summer sunsets, and that sun-kissed glow.u003c/pu003e

Static Nails Beach Bum, $16

CND, Oceanside

u003cpu003eWhy not complement a beachy shade with this aquamarine blue? You could even use this bright, ocean blue for swirly geometric nail accents.u003c/pu003e

CND, Oceanside, $15.30

Gucci Dorothy Turquoise

u003cpu003eThis Wizard of Oz-inspired hue will make every day feel like an adventure. The pearly turquoise shade will inevitably become your go-to.u003c/pu003e

Gucci Dorothy Turquoise, $33

Emilie Heathe Champagne Toast

u003cpu003eOf all the pastel spring colors, baby pink is as classic as they come. Give it a little glitz with this glittery, champagne accent.u003c/pu003e

Emilie Heathe Champagne Toast, $30

Essie All Oar Nothing

u003cpu003eIs anyone else getting creamsicle cravings? Try this polish for a subtler way to indulge in a little bright and sunny orange.u003c/pu003e

Essie All Oar Nothing, $5.81 (reg. $7.75)


u003cpu003eYellow is the happiest color, hence this shade. There’s nothing more bright, bold, and exciting than a full yellow mani.u003c/pu003e

UN/DUN LAQR Joyride, $18

Deborah Lippmann Black Magic Woman

u003cpu003eWhat’s a night out if it doesn’t include a disco ball? Bring the party wherever you go with this daring glittery polish.u003c/pu003e

Deborah Lippmann Black Magic Woman, $20

Sally Hansen Let’s Get Digital

u003cpu003eY2K trends are holding strong. Go full 2000s with this holographic blend of two spring colors: blue and purple.u003c/pu003e

Sally Hansen Let’s Get Digital, $12.99