Best March Nails: Spring Nail Polish Ideas 2021

March 12, 2021 (updated September 20, 2021)

Wondering what shades to swipe on your nails this spring? March nails are heading your way with shades of green, nudes and bright reds coming in hot. Peep the below picks for the best spring nail polish ideas!

Spring nail polish colors

By: Nicolle Mackinnon

We鈥檙e finally coming out of that chilly, I-want-to-hibernate-forever phase and for us, cute spring nails are an easy way to accelerate the seasonal transition. Here are our top picks for nail polish ideas and trending nail polish colors for your March nails!

RELATED: Read our complete guide to nontoxic nails here, to learn about what to look for in nail polish + our top nontoxic nail polish brands. 

Spring nail polish ideas: Neutrals + Naturals

Let鈥檚 be honest, it鈥檚 *always* neutrals season. Nudes, beiges, caramels, grays and taupes are classic and hit on the natural nails trend of sheer nail colors. Demure but put-together, these colors are some of our go-tos for cute spring nails.

Nude colors for nail polish Olive and June

Olive & June The Sheer Set | $40

A perfect entrance into the sheer neutral world of nails, this set from O&J sold out THREE TIMES. That鈥檚 how much people love it. This set offers you 4 sheer colors plus a glossy topcoat that helped our nails last longer than other brands (more than five days with no chipping).

RELATED: Discover my summer nails collection, in collaboration with Olive & June!

Bottle of neutral Cappuccion shade from Kure Bazaar

Kure Bazaar Cappuccino | $18

A creamy, taupe-coffee color, we love this neutral from KURE BAZAAR. It鈥檚 great for darker skin tones, with more brown in it than white, and it鈥檚 an every day (all day) color. Don鈥檛 forget to snag their nail polish remover, which was one of our top products of 2020.

RELATED: The best fall nail colors.

Bottle of Nail Polish Dazzle Dry Boss

Dazzle Dry Boss | $18

A more full coverage nude with a cream finish, this milky neutral is another great everyday fave. It鈥檚 not quite white, it鈥檚 not quite pink, it鈥檚 not quite almond鈥t鈥檚 a gorgeous mix of the three. 

Bottle of Sally Hansen nail polish pure

GOOD. KIND. PURE. Almond Tan | $8.99

A sheerer almond tone, this color from the Good.Kind.Pure. line is buildable to the opacity you want. Plus, it鈥檚 vegan and cruelty-free (it does contain wheat if you鈥檙e avoiding gluten!).

Bottle of nude nail polish C么te No. 122

C么te No. 122 | $18

This caramel clay color has been on our minds this season. Playing off the on-trend terracotta hue, this cute spring nails color is a lighter version. Looks great on many skin tones, and offers a little more oomf than your regular nude.


Spring nail polish ideas: Green nails

March nails = green nails. Yep, people are going crazy for moss tones, forest greens, light mint colors, and more. Here are the ones we鈥檙e eyeing for cute spring nails.

Spring nail color green Olive & June

Olive & June WKF | $8

A cool, mossy green that hits all the right notes.

Bottle of Kure Bazaar nail polish Saffron

Kure Bazaar Saffron | $18

Yes, this is a little more in the yellow family, but Saffron has a green tinge to its mustard hue. And we鈥檙e loving the combo of yellow and green for spring nails.

RELATED: The best nontoxic nails brands.

Bottle of green nail polish Dazzle Dry

Dazzle Dry Vigor | $18

A darker, oakier version of the O&J moss color, this cream is deep in hue, reminiscent of forest green. This color is also included in our April Quarterly Faves.

Bottle of nail polish Mint Fresh Sally Hansen

GOOD. KIND. PURE. Mint Refresh | $8.99

We LOVE a good mint color, and this pastel hits the spot. So happy this green nails trend is back!

Bottle of green nail polish Cote

C么te No. 62 | $18

A true green that鈥檚 almost Kelly green, with yellow undertones. So fresh for spring nails!


Spring nail polish ideas: Blue skies

Trending nail polish colors hover around this light, powdery blue shade that鈥檚 a pick-me-up from the warmer hues of winter.

Bottle of blue nail color

Olive & June Angelfish | $8

A super pale powder blue with lots of cool notes for cute spring nails.

Bottle of pastel blue nail polish Kure Bazaar

Kure Bazaar Frenchie | $18

A sky blue that鈥檚 very French, very cool and very opaque.

RELATED: The best natural nail polish removers.

Bottle of blue nail polish Dazzle Dry

Dazzle Dry Ocean Motion | $18

A soft periwinkle blue, with lavender tones. 

Bottle of Sally Hansen Blue tones

GOOD. KIND. PURE. Crystal Blue | $8.99

A slightly darker shade of light blue, with a hint of sparkle (not glitter, but glow).

Bottle of nail polish C么te No.66

C么te No. 66 | $18

Blue bird blue鈥攍ike that robin鈥檚 egg blue Crayola color from back in the day!


Spring nail polish ideas: Hot Red

That super bright, coral shade of red that鈥檚 bordering on orange is always on trend for the spring season.

Bottle of red nail polish LAVA Olive and June

Olive & June Lava | $8

A spicy red that we鈥檙e loving for our toes too.

Bottle of red nail polish from Kure Bazaar

Kure Bazaar Rouge Flore | $18

A true crimson, with orange undertones.

bottle of red nail polish Dazzle dry

Dazzle Dry Red Hot Chili | $18

A scorching red-orange with a name that says it all.聽

bottle of coral nail polish sally hansen

GOOD.KIND.PURE. Coral Calm | $8.99

If you鈥檙e looking for a pinkier version of this red-hot trend, you鈥檝e found it.

Nail polish Bottle of vibrant red color from C么te

C么te No. 123 | $18

VIBRANT red, with a slightly cooler undertone.


Spring nail polish ideas: Mellow Yellow

Whether you鈥檙e leaning towards the pastel nail polish ideas, or you鈥檙e on board for a neon shade, yellow is so uplifting for warmer temps.

Bottle of yellow nail polish Olive & June

Olive & June Bright & Focused | $8

Sunshine in a bottle, this is a true yellow hue.

Bottle of Champagne suede color Dazzle dry

Dazzle Dry Champagne Suede | $18

A metallic champagne with yellow-gold undertones, for when you want a bit of shimmer.聽

Bottle of yellow nail polish Sally Hansen

GOOD.KIND.PURE. Sun-Tastic | $8.99

Another sunnier shade, but this one is a more demure yellow, like the sun鈥檚 rays softly coming through a lightly overcast day.

C么te bottle of neon yellow nail polish

C么te No. 116 | $18

You鈥檒l feel like Billie Eilish bringing back the 90s in this neon shade.

Share your spring nails ideas below!

A note about C脭TE

Not all C脭TE products are currently benzophenone-1 free (including some of our picks above), which you can read more about in our full nontoxic nail polish guide. But, if you’re wondering, here’s a list of the polishes we confirmed ARE benzophenone-1 free…

  • Colors: 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, 27, 32, 38, 41, 43, 46, 50, 55, 56, 61, 71, 96, 98, 99, 110, 111,119,120,121,122, 123, 124, 125 and鈥
  • Growth with Garlic Base Coat
  • Protective Base & Top Coat
  • Quick Dry Top Coat
  • Smoothing Base Coat
  • Resurface & Repair Base Coat
  • Strengthening Base & Top Coat

By Nicolle Mackinnon

Nicolle Mackinnon is TOG's content manager. She has a penchant for vegan lip color, cold-brew coffee and helping women feel empowered to make informed choices about their health by opening them up to new information and trends. Better, clean beauty is just one outlet to changing the way we shop and live.

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