It’s not quite the season for beach holidays, weekend escapades and pool-side mojito-sipping afternoons, but most of us are already gravitating towards brighter hues that seem to scream “we’re ready for a holiday”.
However, if you’re worried about wearing colours that feel a little too over-the-top for work – think mandarin red or neon green – try pastel.
Not only are these cheery soft hues muted enough for the office, they’re super on-trend, too.
Here are 25 nail polishes in every Paddlepop shade you can imagine. (Don’t forget the base and top coats!)
Pale yellows & milky corals
Try: Dior Vernis Summer Sunwashed, $39, from all Dior Beauty stores and counters; RMK Summer Nail Colour EX, $35, from all RMK counters; Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in 547 Peach of Cake, $13.90, from selected personal care stores; M.A.C, M.A.C is Beauty collection Studio Nail Lacquer, To Dye For, $23; available at all M.A.C stores.
Almost nudes & pale pinks
Try: Bobbi Brown Sandy Nudes collection nail polish in Naked and Nude (Limited Edition), $29 each, from all Bobbi Brown stores and counters; Butter London Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquer in Loverly, $25, from Jul 9; Nails Inc Spring Summer 2.0 Gel Effect in Colville Mews, $26, both from all Sephora stores.
Mint greens & Robin Egg blues
Try: M.A.C, M.A.C is Beauty collection Studio Nail Lacquer, Doll Me Up, $23, from all M.A.C stores; NCLA AM: Beauty Sleep, PM: Shopping Spree, $23, from Luxola.com; RMK Summer Nail Colour EX, $35, from all RMK counters; Butter London Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquer in Ta-Ta!, $25, from Jul 9, at all Sephora stores.
Try: Covet London Luna, $38 and Deborah Lippman Do The Mermaid, $33, both from Luxola.com; Butter London Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquer in Fancy, $25, from Jul 9, at all Sephora stores; Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in 331 Enhante, $13.90, from selected personal care stores; Model’s Own in Lilac Dream, $13, from selected personal care stores.
Mini Nail Polish Sets
Try: Butter London High Tea Collection Set (a box of three pastel shades and a blood red polish), $42; Ciate Indulgent Ice Cream Collection (a box of five pastel shades), $34, both from all Sephora stores.
Feeling the whole pastel trend? Try pastel makeup – here’s how to wear it the Korean way, and all the tricks you need to know to nail that pink eyeliner!
Photography: Vernon Wong; Art direction: Eugene Quek and Sabrina Tiong