Cool baby blues and mint greens get a grown-up makeover just in time for heatwave season.
No longer reserved for Mini Eggs and newborns’ nurseries, pastel shades are emerging as the dominant nail trend this summer.
As the temperature rises, pastels give a pretty, calm and cooling respite. Stylist rounds up the prettiest shades to suit every skintone – try one (or all five) before the summer’s over.
Pink: Barry M Candy Culture Nail Paint in Raspberry Sherbet
This cool-toned pink stops fingertips from looking overly girly, and once it’s dry, you’ll get a kick out of the sweet, berry scent.
Blue: Nails Inc NailPure in Regents Place
The air-and-water-permeable formula makes this breathable blue one of the purest polishes.
Green: Mavala Nail Polish in Naive Mint
Clean, crisp and soothing for the soul when you gaze at it during meetings – this celery hue is an all-rounder.
Yellow: OPI Nail Lacquer in Meet A Boy Cute As Can Be
If bright, canary yellow isn’t quite within your range, we recommend trying this buttery, barely-there shade instead – it goes with everything.
Purple: Essie Nail Lacquer in Lilacism
Everyone has had a trusty purple nail polish in their collection at some point, but this silky amethyst shade is the one to conquer them all.
Main image: Photography by Kat Pisiolek