The Best Nail-Polish Colors To Get You Ready For Sandals Season

The third week of March is when most of us start itching for a pedicure. Whether you’re going on vacation somewhere tropical, or just feeling understandably antsy about the warmer weather on the horizon, a fresh coat of polish on your toenails will get you excited to slip your feet into sandals.

Even if a salon appointment isn’t in the cards for you this week (or next), you can still give your toes some TLC with an at-home pedicure — all you need is a little foot scrub and the perfect shade of polish, which is why we’ve compiled a comprehensive pro’s guide to a flattering and on-trend spring pedicure. From classic poppy red to pastel blue, you’ll find the exact polish shade you need to ready yourself for the impending open-toe shoe season, ahead. Think of it as a seasonal pick-me-up and a good omen.

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If you’re looking for red, nail pro Nadine Abramcyk recommends picking a shade with a slight tinge of orange. “This is hands down my favorite pedicure color before spring hits in full force,” she tells us.

NARS Nail Polish in Hunger, $20, available at Saks Fifth Avenue


Transitioning into a spring and summer wardrobe calls for something bright, pink, and, as Abramcyk recommends, designer. “Chanel’s Camelia is a bright pop of pink that’s almost an accessory in and of itself,” she says.

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Color in Camelia, $28, available at Barneys New York


Think you can’t pull off bright yellow nail polish? Nail pro Jin Soon Choi say a springtime pedicure using Dior’s Tutti Frutti nail polish will change your tune. “This polish shade is actually the perfect yellow against all skin tones,” she tells us.

Dior Vernis Pop’N’Glow in Tutti Frutti, $28, available at Dior


This shimmery chestnut brown isn’t your typical spring shade — but that’s what we love most about it. As manicurist Michelle Saunders tells us, it makes the perfect slightly shimmery yet neutral complement to a colorful spring wardrobe.

Essie Spring 2019 Nail Polish Collection in Teacup Half Full, $9, available at Ulta Beauty


Can you think of a better name for a spring and summer pedicure polish than Out of Office? Saunders recommends this shade because of its clever name and full-coverage finish. “This opaque pink brings a freshness to a mani-pedi that we’ve been longing for all winter,” she says.

LondonTown Londontown Nail Polish in Out of Office, $16, available at Walmart


If you’re thinking neutral, you can’t go wrong with a polish from Essie’s Sheer Silhouette collection. “These gel polishes last forever,” says Saunders. “This is a foolproof nude to get you through the entire season with minimal toe touchups.”

Essie essie Gel Couture Sheer Silhouettes Nail Polish, $11.49, available at Target


In general, green polish is pretty on trend for spring. Nail pro Skyy Hadley tells us that she’s been loving this festive emerald Zoya polish. “This is a gorgeous sparkly mermaid kind of green,” she says. “It combines two huge nail trends for spring: green and glitter.”

Zoya ZOYA Nail Polish in Ivanka , $10, available at Amazon


For your first foray into sandals, a pastel blue feels fitting. “Essie’s Bikini So Tiny polish is a cross between periwinkle and baby blue,” says Saunders. “It’s been a favorite pedicure polish for spring brides who want a fun way to wear ‘something blue.'”

Essie Nail Polish in Bikini So Teeny, $7.79, available at Target

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