Why A Baby-Pink Manicure Feels So Right For Spring

Megan Decker

A few weeks ago, you may have been obsessed with the sleek, timeless look of glossy jet-black fingernails. Then, the jelly bean-inspired, rainbow manicure looked cool on Kendall Jenner, so maybe you tried that one on for size. If you're anything like us, influenced by the ebbs and flows of what's hot in nails, it can be a headache to keep up with the trends — and right now, you're probably in serious need of the polish version of a soft refresh.

In these situations, a pale-pink, barely-there nail polish checks all the right boxes: something pretty and clean, a refreshingly muted choice that doesn't grab your attention every time you look down at your fingers. Ahead, we've rounded up our favorite light-pink polishes — some new, some as timeless as Essie Ballet Slippers — made for when you need to hop off the most recent nail-art trend bandwagon, even if only for a few days.

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Chantecaille's newest polish collection, called Celestial Sheer, includes three soft and frosty shades: a pale green, white, and this dreamy pink option. Nail pro Emi Kudo tells us that the key to achieving an understated, sparkly mani (which will be on-trend all summer long) is using a sheer, buildable polish with super-fine flecks of glitter, so the end result reads as a soft-glow shimmer.

Chantecaille Celestial Nail Sheer in Nova, $28, available at Chantecaille

If Ballet Slippers is your perma-M.O., you won't have to stray too far to hit a similar trending color that's just a touch sheerer. "A translucent pink, like Gossamer Garments by Essie, gives a healthy flush of natural gloss that flatters every skin tone," says nail pro Michelle Saunders.

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

Sally Hansen just released a new formulation of long-wear polish, which is easy to spot on the shelves with its chunky 'Mega Strength' label. One of the newest colors is this pink pastel called Boss Gloss. "This shade is perfect for everyday," says nail pro Skyy Hadley. "It's sheer but pigmented just so, which makes it elegant for a night out as well."

Sally Hansen Sally Hansen Mega Strength in Boss Gloss, $4.49, available at Ulta Beauty

Tenoverten nail pro Nadine Abramcyk tells us that Watts, a cool-toned pastel, hits the sweet spot between barely-there blush and lavender. "I love this pinkish mauve color for spring," she says. "It's a soft pastel that still makes a fresh statement."

Tenoverten Nail Polish in Watts, $12, available at Target

With a summer calendar packed with weddings, you'll need a neutral pink polish to match every dress — which is where Olive & June's new collection of polishes comes into play. This shade, Geri, is the perfect cool, pale opaque pink.

The nail-polish equivalent to a Chanel crossbody bag, consider this the investment polish you'll wear forever. "Chanel's Ballerina polish is a classic, both in shade and label," says Sally Hansen professional nail pro Naomi Yasuda. "It is the perfect barely-there pink, for an everyday, natural look."

Chanel Longwear Nail Colour in Ballerina 167, $28, available at Chanel

A pink halfway between neon bright and sheer blush, Marc Jacobs' Resurrection is a fail-safe polish. "I consider this shade the perfect bubblegum pink color," says Yasuda. "It's perfect for when you want a manicure with visible color payoff that's still classic enough to wear at work without making a huge statement."

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer in Resurrection, $18, available at Net-A-Porter

Lauren Berkovitz, CEO and Founder of Lauren B. Beauty, tells us us that her must-have shade of pink polish is a staple from her own line. "I was inspired by my wedding," she says of how the soft blush tone, called Love, came into existence. "It's a cool-toned, sheer petal pink that delivers glossy nails with two swipes. It never fails to make me feel chic and elegant."

LAUREN B Nail Polish in LOVE., $18, available at LAUREN B BEAUTY

Another super-sheer option, this polish created by jewelry designer Kendra Scott was formulated to look like a wash of pearlescent pink to match whatever rings you're wearing, whether you're a gold or silver girl.

Kendra Scott Color Coat Nail Lacquer in Rose Quartz, $16, available at Kendra Scott

The great equalizer of nail polishes, OPI's best-selling sheer pinky-nude is beloved by just about everyone for every occasion.

OPI OPI Nail Lacquer Polish in Bubble Bath, $10.95, available at Walmart

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