Soft gentle pastel nail polish hues might be synonymous with Spring, but they are a dream option all year round. There’s nothing like a cheering manicure to lift your spirits in the depths of winter, is there? A good pastel mani can take you everywhere; from the office to the club, to brunch, and back again. They play just as well with a fresh-faced make-up and a white t-shirt as they do with a full-glam look and a gorgeous frock. From the softest pinks to the best baby blue, here’s our guide to the pastel colours that will give you a boost and channel the brightest days of Spring.
Pretty in pink
Of course we’re starting with pastel pink. Soft pinks are a Sienna favourite and there is no limit to how versatile this colour can be. Rosewater pastel pink for the neutral nail lover? Check? Blushing pink goodness for a bright, true pop of pastel joy? Check. A classic ballerina pink? Check again. Pastel pink can do anything.Photo: Melody
The sleeper hit of 2020 so far has to be lilac. We understand. If you’re looking for a modern twist to a romantic lavender-hued polish, try a gorgeous full-coverage crème with the softest hint of barely-there lilac. If you like your pastels with a little more something-something, try a bright, clean soft purple. Glorious!
Dreaming of blues
Is there anything lovelier than sweet baby blue nails? Nope. Blue pastel nails are a surprisingly flattering option for just about every skin tone and are a cool finishing touch to just about any look.
All you need is one good pastel green in your beauty arsenal and you’re good to go. Misty green is a beautiful counterpoint to pastel pinks and blues if you’re styling a gradient nail mani. Have you seen it subbed in for the traditional white stripe in a French mani? Beyond chic. It’s also stunning worn alone. Either way, we love it and you will too.
Everyone needs at least one super-flattering neutral polish on deck. Cottontail is a milk coffee crème and is one of our most versatile neutrals. It’s on high-rotation here at Sienna HQ because it looks great on everyone. Instant chic. Our other top pick is Helena. She’s all pastel peach dreams, neutral style. Hot tip: This dusty peach looks wildly good on olive toned skin.
Ombré nails for days
If you can’t choose one pastel nail polish… Choose them all! Pastel nails are the clear winner when it comes to Instagram’s favourite nail trend, the ombré manicure. The joy of choosing pastel nail polish for this look is that no matter how you arrange the colours, they always look complementary to each other.