Nail polish is a great way to wear a frenzy of different colors that we otherwise would not be able to pull off as an eyeshadow or a lipstick. The spring nail collections are our favorite because the palettes are a refreshing change from the winter's dark colors. Here are our top five picks for a gorgeous spring mani/pedi. Also see: How to spot a quality nail salon
Pretty in Purple
The flat, rectangular brush makes applying this dusty lilac polish a breeze.
Sally Hansen in Pedal to the Metal, $8; ulta.com
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We're tickled pink over this fashion-forward hue and the pocket-friendly price to boot.
wet n wild Nail Color in Candy-licious, $1.99; drugstores and mass retailers
This festive color will have you saying, "Kiss me, I'm Irish," regardless of your background.
China Glaze in Four Leaf Clover, $4; amazon.com
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Bare Naked Lady
A nude manicure is ultra-sophisticated and classic.
Chanel Inattendu, $23; bloomingdales.com
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A flattering coral that is the perfect accompaniment to your spring floral wardrobe.
Essie in Tart Deco, $8; essieshop.com
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Care and Technique
To prolong your manicure's duration and to keep it chip-free, create a smooth surface by buffing away nail ridges with a 4-Way Nail Shaper. Apply a base coat to prevent the polish from staining your nails and to also give the color something to stick to. Next, layer on two thin coats of color and finish with a top coat. (The thicker the coat of polish is, the more likely it will chip off.) We recommend Sally Hansen Continuous Treatment Base and Top Coat.