It might not sound like the most appealing hue – but rest assured that dirty aqua is set to be the hottest nail trend this season.

Yes, this is the colour that’s on track to overshadow the mud-inspired varnish that has swept runways, salons and beauty blogs this past year.

This spring sees the rise of turquoise, an aqua coloured shade with a hint of pastel. Think blue-green meets ghostly grey.

Several brands have this particular milky ocean coloured shade in their spring collections.

Here are our top picks. © Cover Media

Estée Lauder Pure Color Nail Laqcuer Teal Topaz

Estée Lauder Pure Color Nail Laqcuer Teal Topaz

Even a high-end brand such as Estée Lauder has jumped on the muddy aqua wagon with this exquisite varnish in Teal Topaz.

MAC Nail Lacquer Salad Dressed

MAC Nail Lacquer Salad Dressed

From the beginning of March you’ll find this funky mid-tone dirty aqua at the MAC counter as part of the quirky, kitschy Cook collection.

L’Oréal Paris Le Vernis Blue Reef

L’Oréal Paris Le Vernis Blue Reef

L’Oréal Paris recently launched a new selection of miniature nail varnishes called Color Riche Le Vernis. One of more than 30 shades is the modern deep turquoise 613 Blue Reef.