The first signs of spring might be the daffodils breaking through the soil – but showing off luscious pastel tipped manicure is another way to welcome warmer weather. Here are the best trends and colors in nail polish for spring 2013.

The Not-So-Proper Pastels

Put away those old ideas about pastels being prim. This year’s crop of colors is cream-based and not as polite. Think a shade beyond lilac, a soft yellow with a brighter burst of sun and soft mint green. ButterLondon’s spring collection rocks this look with six new shades that will take you from afternoon tea to a night of tango. Don’t forget to add a scoop of sherbet to your nail polish set. Toned down coral colors like Dior’s Vernis in Delice add a dash of color works on any skin tone. Paint a metallic stripe down the center of the nail in silver, gold or bronze for extra kick.

Nudes with ‘Tude

You scanned the racks of soft pastels and have a cache of last year’s dark nude lacquers. This year it is all about neutral, cream-colored pale nails like Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure in Almost Almond. It works with the minimalist trend from last year that is still going strong. Marc Jacobs showed off milky shades in soft hues that offered a cool contrast to his black and white runway styles. Gucci used pale pinks and peaches together for an alternate two tone manicure. Get this look by swiping on the milkier shade as the base and using the darker pale color at the nail crescent. It’s a bit of a fun, un-done French mani that was also seen on the catwalk at Chanel.

Get Romantic

Going in the complete opposite direction is the slightly romantic and Victorian shades that are both dark and stormy. Jason Wu used a grayish navy shade to great effect at his spring runway show with OPI’s Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees. The dark angel mood was also seen in purple tones at Marchesa using Essie’s Tuxedo and at Vera Wang. When you go gray you break away from the rest of the pack and their cheery colors. The color is subtle and portrays a gothic vibe that can be seen in shades like dove grey to silvers. Check out the Topshop varnish in Granite, NARS Shimmer Nail Polish in Disco Inferno or Essie’s Maximillion Strasse Her to make this stunning alternative from spring’s usual hues.

No matter what your style the shades of spring can be cheery and bright to brighten your day or choose to remain neutral to show off your soft side. When you need to go dark there’s a lacquer for that too. Rest assured we’ve got you covered.

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