Nail It: Match Your Mani to Your Spring Getaway

spring nail colors

Our favorite spring nail colors for your next weekend away with the girls.

You know what they say: “You can tell a lot about a girl by her nail polish color.” OK, maybe not, but for many chicas, manis and pedis are as big of deals as shoes and purses, especially on vacation. Embellish your traveling look with nail polish colors “Je T’aime” by Orly or “Boom Boom Pow” by Deborah Lippmann, whether you’re toasting with champagne in Vegas or coasting down Southern California.

Vegas, Baby

One word. Britney. And you’re going to Planet Hollywood to see “Britney: Piece of Me” for a gals-only getaway. It’s a spring break reunion for you and your girlfriends (who are too old to be calling a Vegas va-cay “spring break,” but, whatever). A party girl needs her party outfit of course, and Essie Luxeffects are subtle pops of glam that a non-teen lady can pull off while dancing at a Britney concert. Essie Luxeffects are glitter topcoats that add sparkle to your manicure and LBD. Accent your nails with sultry jet-black “Bulugaria” for shuffling down the strip or platinum gold “Hors D’Oeuvres” for a pool day. Stay in Vegas in style at The Cosmopolitan, and then strut over to Planet Hollywood for all things “Toxic.”


Essie Where’s My Chauffeur layered with Jazzy Jubilant and Sparkle on Top from Essie’s Luxefects collection. Photo by

SoCal Surfer Girl

Road trip! From L.A. to San Diego, it’s windows down, Capital Cities’ “Safe and “Sound” on blast and pastel nails. Julep nail polishes in bubblegum pink “Carrie” or lemon chiffon “Lilou” turn ordinary nails into a beach-bound manicure. Style vision for this trip? Surfer girl with a flair for Cali color schemes. Mix and match cucumber-colored “Leah” with fuchsia “Avery” to accessorize those denim cutoffs and Rainbow flip flops. Color fingernails with deep mustard “Lexie” to offset the black Converse sneakers or Kelly green “Payton” to make your toes stand out in the sand. Now that you’re dressed for the part, check out PB Surf Shop on Mission Boulevard to rent a surfboard and learn how to ride those waves.

Julep Nail Color in Lilou

Julep Nail Color in Lilou. Photo by

Midwestern Glamping

You agreed to go camping in Wisconsin Dells with your boyfriend because you respect compromise in a relationship. So you packed your bag full of wine and decided to call it “glamping” (a combination of “glamorous” and “camping”—get it?). While hiking 15 miles through the woods, prevent a mental breakdown by simply gazing down at your spring Deborah Lippmann manicure. One glance at the happy hues and the anxiety settles, promise. Then as the boys guzzle beer around the fire pit making Bill Burr references, you can admire your shimmery nails in cupcake-frosting pink followed by a sip of red wine. Make sure to bring along a list of Wisconsin Dells resorts and spas for an emergency.


Deborah Lippmann in Spring Buds. Photo by

Charleston Charm

The gang wants a weekend getaway in Charleston, and your Sperry Top-Siders are ready for some lovin’. Along with your boat shoes, you’re packing the denim chambray, white shorts, J. Crew cashmere sweater, long-sleeved stripey tee, and entire Orly nail polish collection. “Boho Bonnet” is for biking around Sullivan’s Island. “Pixie Powder” is for exploring historic downtown Charleston. “High on Hope” is for strolling the Isle of Palms shoreline. It’s a new color for each event, obvi, but save your favorite Orly for touring King Street. It’s where all the action occurs, according to the Travel Channel. Visit Charleston’s Finest for a city guide on historic King Street shopping (we’re talking about jewelry, shoes, handbags and cosmetics with that enviable Southern charm).

Orly Bohon Bonnet

Orly in Boho Bonnet. Photo by

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