Best pastel nail polish shades for the perfect spring manicure

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While rich reds and deep, jewel-toned nails look elegant during the winter months, as the days start getting lighter, typically so do nail polish shades.

But if you automatically reach for the same old shades of nude, beige and pale pink, why not experiment with pastel-coloured polish instead this spring? Pretty yet eye-catching, pastels are a modern way to add a pop of colour to your make-up look – and they’re surprisingly flattering. Just ask JLo, who wowed us with matching lilac nails and eyeshadow this time last year.

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This season there are plenty of pretty pastel polishes to get your hands on, and we’ve tried them out, giving marks for longevity, ease of application and, most importantly, how cute the colour is.

And if you’re feeling extra creative, try your hand at one of these incredible Easter-themed nail art designs.

OK!’s Beauty Editor Laura Mulley puts these pastel-coloured nail polishes to the test…

CND Vinylux Long Wear Polish in Smile Maker, £8.95 here

“I probably own more CND polished than any other brand – I love the CND shades, and gel-like shine they give, especially when used with the Vinylux top coat. I never would have picked yellow before but I actually found this quite a flattering shade, and I’d definitely consider swapping my usual summer nude for it.”

Nails Inc Polish in Dover Street, £22 here (part of a set of four)

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“This brush is ginormous – almost TOO big for my pinky fingernail – but it makes painting your nails as quick as anything, and the formula is smooth and pigmented. I personally probably wouldn’t go for such a ‘pink’ shade of pink, but with three polishes in the Relationship Status: Blushing set, there’s a shade of rose to suit everyone.”

Mavala Mini Color in Gotland, £5.50 here

“Mavala’s teeny bottles are great for reducing waste (and space), but can be a bit fiddly for nail painting novices. The formulas are quite thin (not thick and glossy like gel) but it lasted well – a good four days completely chip-free. This summery, forget-me-not blue looks modern yet still pretty.”

Ciaté Plant Pots in Amazing Gracie, £10 here

“This pale nude shade looks timelessly clean and classy, although it does require three coats for a full coverage. These Plant Pots are made with up to 80 per cent natural ingredients and I thought a ‘natural’ nail polish might not have the same staying power as a regular one, but I was impressed by how long it lasted.”

Essie ExprEssie Quick Dry Nail Color in Throw It On, £7.99 here

“I’ve never seen a brush shaped like this before – it’s angled, and sort of leans to one side – but I have to admit it hugs the nail bed perfectly. I didn’t dare test its 60-second drying time claims, but it lasted really well, only beginning to come away at the nail edge on day five.”

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