It’s easy being green on St. Patrick’s Day, and while everyone will be complementing their emerald ensembles with coordinating manicures, this year, we’re swapping our tried-and-true clover tones for a trendy mint lacquer.
Pastel green shades were spotted all over the spring runways, and we think the color presents a new way to stand out among the 50 shades of chartreuse while still blending in. “It evokes a light, airy sense of spring,” says celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann. “It catches your attention without hitting you over the head with color, and it’s especially refreshing during the most-refreshing time of the year.” We picked four of our favorite versions of the versatile pastel so you can try out the trend, and approach St. Patrick’s Day in the most fashion-forward way possible. From subtle finishes to chip-proof formulas, keep reading to find out which mint lacquer is best for you!
FOR A POWER POP OF COLOR, try Mojito by Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen ($8; drugstores nationwide). Just like the drink it was named for, Sally Hansen’s take on the trendy shade is just as refreshing on your tips as it is on your lips. Get noticed with a swipe of this intense lacquer.
FOR A LONG-LASTING FINISH, try CND Vinylux Weekly Polish in Mint Convertible ($10; cnd.com for locations). Swap your gel manicure for this subtle shade in a formula that won’t quit — or chip! — even after a week of wear.
FOR A SUBTLE, YET STRONG, EFFECT, try Fire Queen by Rescue Beauty Lounge ($20; rescuebeauty.com). Two coats of this translucent lacquer add a graceful element that won’t dominate your look. “Consider wearing this color as a statement jade ring, but on your finger tips,” says the brand’s founder Ji Baek. “It blends well and does not interfere with bold prints.”
FOR A NAIL ART TWIST, try Deborah Lippmann’s Flowers in Her Hair ($18; deborahlippmann.com). Lippmann took inspiration from a friend’s garden to create this classic mint, which is gorgeous worn alone or to create unexpected nail art. “Use the edge of the polish brush to create a unique color-blocked effect,” she told us. “I personally like this fresh, minty color with another complementary pastel shade like peach.”