5 ways to wear the pastel nail trend. Plus, nail colour shopping recommendations

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  • Among the popular trends are pastel colours, which are not only experimented with on clothes but nails as well.
  • As spring is around the corner, there’s no better time to try your hand at candy-coloured shades. 
  • See the top five manicure designs and pastel shades to try.

With over a year of chaos and loungewear, fashion looks more like it’s meant to be worn, soft and comfortable but without failing to satisfy our desire for colour – a subtle blend of escapism and softness.

From fashion week to the red carpet to sports events, one thing is for sure, nail art is a popular form of expression. As nail art trends come and go where elaborate and minimalist alternate their time under the limelight, showing off a fresh manicure remains a source of joy for many style lovers. 

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As an antidote to the prevailing gloom, fashion unveils a rainbow of soft and serene shades offering plenty of ease without sacrificing grace. Whether oval, stiletto or coffin-shaped, short or long, there’s a way to rock a pastel manicure and knock it out of the part. 

Here are top five ways you can wear the pastel nail trend:

1. Colour-block

Colour block, but not like it’s 2009. Mixing pastel shades is one way to make a statement with your manicure. Whether it’s solid colours on one nail or a couple of different shades on each nail, mixing it up will add character and fun to your nails while the muted colours maintain an elevated look.

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2. Ombré 

There’s nothing more satisfying than a smooth gradient manicure. Add to that peachy colours bleeding into lilac and baby blue, then you’ve got yourself Pinterest-perfect nails everyone will want on their mood board. 


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3. French tips

French manicures are having a major moment. The classic white tips took over in 2020 but this year adding a little something extra will add some edge to your look. Take notes from Rihanna and Sha’Carri Richardson, for example. 

4. Patterns

Lines, polka dots or intricate shapes will have you stand out from the rest. Daisies and line designs are popular at the moment, but if you’re looking for something more unique try abstract nail art.  

5. Classic

All the minimalists stand up! A solid-colour manicure will always be in style, when you want to alternate your all-white or even all-red mani and pedi, a pastel shade is a way to go. You could always add accents to add some interest to your classic look. 

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You can explore the following shades on your next nail appointment:

Green – much love has been shown to green recently, pistachio, emerald and olive have all been fair game. Now to get your hands on (or rather, on your hands) a muted shade for your pastel dreams.

Essie Mint Candy Apple - R109 at Superbalist

Superbalist Essie Mint Candy Apple

Pink – you may want to go for a delicate finish with a soft pink shade Mavala launches a pastel range in October, Hamptons would be the pink shade to look out for.

mavala hamptons

Blue – blue was all the rage in 2019/2020 according to Pantone, but keep it soft with a baby blue shade

Essence 03 rainy bay - R57 at Superbalist

Essence 03 rainy bay

Peach – Nothing is peachy right now but your nails can be. 

Sorbet Just Peachy - R72 at Clicks

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What nail trend are you eyeing for Spring? Let us know here.

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