Did you know that nail polish has been around as early as 3000 BC in China? It was even used to distinguish between classes at one point! Today we use nail polish in a wide variety of ways- to prepare for a special event, to feel confident for that job interview, to welcome in a new season, and above all, to treat yourself and feel great. No matter the occasion, every girl should have her own arsenal of polishes, from the simplest shellack to the sexy. Read on to see our must-have colors to build your own collection that will work year-round!
The Basic Nude
Nude, taupe and pale pink polishes are a great options to keep your hands looking polished and clean without making too bold of a statement! Dreamy pinks and beige go with any outfit, and even a soft gray adds a muted twist to your look. Try Deborah Lippmann Not-So-Typical Taupe your next manicure.
Spring Has Sprung
Spring is one of the best times to experiment with your nail polish-and the best way is to pull inspiration from the colors in nature around you! Spring is the time to make your nails pop! Try Floss Gloss Nail Color in Wet for a spring green, Essie blue-la-la for for a bright sky blue, or Chanel Le Vernis in Giallo Napoli for nails as bright as the sun. If you’re feeling a little lost, most nail polish brands release a spring line with the newest trends so check those out!
Dive into Summer
Vibrant sunsets, fruity drinks, the deep blue sea and fireworks welcome in the summer months and your nails should do the same. Nothing goes better with a deep tan (don’t forget your SPF) than bold glitter, fresh and fruity shades- like mint or watermelon, or a frosty white polish. Try topping your next manicure with Ciaté Paint Pot in Confetti, or try out Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Polish in Good Friday or Butter London Cotton Buds.
Date Night Favorites
Send major date night vibes with romantic hues of red, pink, purple and magenta. You’ll set the mood with shades that mirror a glass or red wine or that bouquet (that your date hopefully brings)! Avoid sparkles or anything too flashy in the polish and go in with the confidence to let your personality shine. Try OPI Big Apple Red or Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture in 74 Rouge Over Noir.
Want for Winter (and Fall!)
Temperatures are cooling down, and so should the shades on your nails. October through January and February are perfect months to embrace some sultry deep polishes. This doesn’t limit to you or black though- think of your favorite summer colors and take them a few shades darker. Try OPI’s and Essie’s fall collections and find rich wintery tones like Essie On Your Mistletoes or our fave OPI “Liv” In The Gray.