Do you care about your nails as much as you care about your makeup or skincare? I assume most of us don’t do anything more than applying nail polish. Good looking nails can boost your confidence, so why don’t we see nail polish as an accessory? Getting out of the comfort zone and trying new things, new colours can be a good start. Metallic or pastel nails, which nail polish trends will you be willing to try out this year?

Nail Polish Trends for 2016

These are the nail polish trends for spring/summer 2016 you should definitely try out…


Every year trends changes, however, there are some staples that always stay the same like pastel nails in spring&summer. It is time to leave behind berries and burgundies and brighten up the manicure routine. If you can’t decide on which pastel colours to go for, checkΒ Pantone Colour of the Year, beside Rose Quartz and Serenity, there are so many pretty colours like Lavender Fog and Sphinx, which is like a mixture of grey and pink.

Nude Nails

Nude nails are always on the spot light. They don’t only look elegant, they are also a safe choice. Most of the time chipped nail polish won’t be noticed and nude nails are perfect if you are going for a natural look.

Colourful French

Colourful french is one of the major trends this year! Vibrant tips might not be your thing, but this trend deserves a shot. If you like to keep things simple and always have french manicure, then why don’t do try to add colour to it? Applying bright colours on the tips and keeping the rest plain gives such a beautiful and different finish. If you didn’t try it yet, you should definitely think about it!

Metallic Nails

Metallic nails used to be a big thing some years agoΒ and now they are back again. Gold, silver, chrome… There are so many alternatives. If you get tired of pastel nails, pick a duochrome nail polish like Wet n Wild Gray’s Anatomy.Β Once in awhile change is good, it makes things better!

A Little Bit of Glitter

Adding a little bit of glitters to life can be fun. Who wouldn’t like shiny sparkling nails?Β Either you apply it as a top coat or on its own, definitely give glitters a try! Pinks and blues can be the perfect picks for spring&summer nail polish trends!

Matte Nails

Matte nails are not for everyone, some love it and some absolutely hate it. If you want to give this trend a try, but you don’t want to get a matte nail polish, it is best to pick up a matte top coat then you can turn every nail polish into matte one and if you don’t like it then you can just stop using it. Instead of applying matte nail polish to every nail, only applying it to ring fingers look really cool.

What do you think about these nail polish trends? Which would be your favourite?

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  • Ten

    Great post girl!! I think I’m gonna try matte nails soon! (I’m already on the nude game!) haha

    • Thank you! I am not really into matte nails, however once in awhile it is good to try something different πŸ™‚

  • Sheridan Grady

    I forever love pastel nails and naughtily wear them all year round! I love glitter nails when they are first done but trying to get glitter polish off is a NIGHTMARE for me!! xx

    • Pastels are perfect for anytime of the year, a safe choice! Glitters look great however removing them is a nightmare ha ha! xx

  • Georgia

    I love pastel nails, especially at this time of year πŸ™‚ xx

  • Roberta Romeo

    Lavender fox is absolutely stunning!!! I love pastel colors on my nails but also matte and metallic polishes are so amazing! *-*
    Have a lovely day dear!

    • Pastel nails are my favourite, they are beautiful πŸ™‚
      Have a lovely week!

  • I’m getting more and more into nude nails, it goes with everything and it is usually quicker to do as well! I don’t really like matte nails, but only use a matte top coat as an accent nail is a good idea!

    • When I don’t feel like doing much, nude nails are what I go for, they are really low maintenance! I am not really into mattes either but once in awhile for a chance, it is good.

  • This has definitely inspired me to want to start painting my nails again! For the whole of Autumn/Winter, I don’t think I painted my nails at all lol. But the Spring/Summer always gets me out of my mazy funk. I definitely think I’m going to gravitate towards the pastel and nude nails. But I love the idea of having a matte accent nail too.:) – Warm Brown Smoky Eye Tutorial

    • Sometimes I am too lazy and I don’t really do much to my nails. Pastels are perfect for spring, they are so beautiful πŸ™‚

  • Pastels are my favourite for spring, but I’m yet to try metallic or matte nails. They are definitely something I need to check out soon. Love this post x

    Beauty with charm

    • I need to try more metallic nails, it is good to try something different once in awhile! x

  • I am not real doing much to my nails right now, but metallic nails sound like fun. Whenever I will find the time, I will see if I have some metallic polish somewhere.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • With two kids, it is understandable! I don’t think I would ever have time to brush my hair πŸ™‚

      • Great thing is my hair is that straight you don’t really notice if I didn’t brush it πŸ˜‰

  • I love pastel shades on my nails during Spring πŸ™‚ I will try to do colourful French mani I think, I always like the look of it when I see it on Instagram or Pinterest πŸ™‚ x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    • Colourful french looks different, I wasn’t sure at first but now I really like it πŸ™‚ x

  • I love nude nails, those and shades with a grey undertone are my favourite πŸ™‚ x

  • I can’t get on board the matte nails trend, I like it when I see it on Pinterest but when I try it on myself, it just looks weird. I have seen the colourful French trend and it’s so darn pretty, not sure if I can achieve it but definitely will try!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Matte nails don’t really suit me however once in awhile, I do it for a change. Colourful french is beautiful, definitely give it a try πŸ™‚

  • I love nude nails. It’s a safe bet for me.

  • Nina

    I love pastes and nude nails as well as mettalics.

  • I’m looking forward to colorful french! It’s something different ☺
    Nati xx

  • Katie

    A colorful French manicure sounds really cool, I honestly never thought of that! The Wet n Wild matte topcoat is a really cheap matte transformer, it’s only around $1 and it actually works x

    • Colourful french mani is beautiful and fun, definitely give it a try πŸ™‚ x

  • Corinne C

    I’m always a fan of glitter and pastels! I should start doing my nails now that I’m able to do wear nail varnish at work!

    Corinne x

    • Glitters are pretty however removing them is the pain…

  • I love this shot! I’m definitely eyeing up some pastels this year as I always do and never seem to pick any up. Definitely eyeing the Formula X collab with Aimee Song at Sephora for those. And I agree with the matte top coat – when I discovered that I thought it was perfect as you could then wear your existing nail polishes two ways!

    Cindy |

    • Lately all I’ve been wearing is pastel nails, they are perfect for this time of year! Matte top coat is way better than buying a matte nail polish!

  • Nude nails and classic french tip have always been my favorites. I love how effortless they look, yet stunning and beautiful for any outfit.

    xo, mikΓ©la /

    • Classic french is classy, it will always be my favourite! x


    I am wearing metallic on my nails right now, I am totally loving that trend.. oh and glitter!

    Filipa xxx | Instagram

  • I love pastels and nudes, but I’d love to try the matte nail polish trend as well! xx

    June |

    • Instead of buying a matte nail polish, just get a top coat then all your nail polishes will turn to matte nail polish πŸ™‚ x

  • Ohhh colorful french sounds fun! You’re so right though I usually just wear a solid color and then go crazy with my makeup. It doesn’t help that I have super shaky hands! I love pastels and nude nails are probably my favorite (because they’re so low maintenance!)

    • When I know I will have a busy week, I go for nudes. Nudes are safe choice and pastels are my favourite!

  • I love the sound of colourful French! Nude nails are always a winner too but I couldn’t do matte nails, I love hi shine too much!

    Danielle’s Beauty Blog

    • Colourful french looks so pretty, I need to do it more often πŸ™‚

  • Karina GuimarΓ£es Ribeiro

    I love all this trends, especially nude and pastel nails!


  • My nails are crying for a mani, so this helps tons! I think I might try out a colorful french!
    An Unblurred Lady

    • Colourful french is beautiful, definitely give it a try!

  • Simona Baber

    Love, love love this post!!

  • always a big fan of pastels and nudes! loving the 2016 trends πŸ™‚

    xx Melis

  • I always love to wear glittery nail polish, i think it’s always a great thing to wear since it stays up for long.
    Love some of your mentions.

    Have a great day!

    • Glitters are fun, however I really hate to remove them, it is always messy!
      Have a great week!

  • Love the matte nails trend and really want to try it. Gemma x

  • I love how nice a little bit of glitter looks but removal process is a real pain. IT GETS EVERYWHERE. Also, I love pastel nail polishes in spring time! That’s what I’m most excited about πŸ™‚

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • I really hate it when there is glitters everywhere, that’s the reason why I don’t wear it so often πŸ™‚

  • Lovely post – colourful French tips is a nice one for the summer months I think x
    Emma |

  • I love nude nails and matte nails all year round! x

  • I never need an excuse to invest in some more pastels!

    Makeup Monster

  • I have so many nail polishes, but I always forget to use them. Or I avoid them, because I`m so bad at painting my nails. But when I do it, I go with pastels, can`t go wrong with them.

    • I keep getting nail polishes and only wear them once or twice before I get new ones, I should really stop it!

  • Becky Hughff

    I love all the amazing nail polish colours coming out but my nails are so short and impossible to paint!

    • When I cut my nails, I can’t really paint them. I don’t like the look of it.

  • I haven’t tried any matte nail polishes but don’t think they would appeal to me – pastels, heel yes! xx


    • I am not really into matte nail polishes, however for a change it is something to try out x

  • Although I wear nude polish most of the time, yesterday I decided to experiment and tried a lilac shade.

    • Lilac shade is beautiful, it is perfect for spring&summer!

  • This is such a great and fun post, Ela! I’ve been wearing pastel polishes these past few weeks, especially pinks and purples. I have yet to try matte nails, which I just may have to try, as well as metallics, it’s been so long since I’ve done gold nails! Thanks so much for the inspiration, beauty, and I hope you’re having a great start to your week so far!



    • I am not really into metallic nails however I am slowly liking it, I need to try out the gold ones, they look beautiful! I hope you are doing great, lovely! x

  • This is such a fun post! I’m so in love with pastel nail colors – especially pinks, blues and purples. Have a great week, Ela!

    Elise Anne xo

    • Pastel nails are beautiful, it is one of my favourite nail polish trend! Have a great week, Elise! x

  • I love all these trends, I love a bit of glitter but I do find it a pain to remove! It lingers long after it should!

    • I love glitters but I don’t really like removing them, it gets so messy!

  • Love everything you mentioned here Ela, but I just can’t convince myself to try metallic nails haha πŸ˜‰ I live for pastels though!

    Thirteen Thoughts

    • I was into metallic nails when I was a teenager, but now I am not really fan of it. Sometimes for a night out, it is a good choice!

  • A big YES to use anything with glitter haha, I love metallic nailpolish but I don’t own any.. I think this is a good reason to buy one right? haha

    • Definitely a perfect reason to buy some metallic nail polishes πŸ™‚

  • Great trends! I definitely love doing glitter accent nails during the summer. It’s just so fun!

    Connie | Sponsored by Coffee | Etsy

    • That’s mostly how I use the glitters, it looks beautiful!

  • Love love love nude nails and pastels. I’m all about more soft shades at the moment!
    Nida | Caked To The Nines

    • Soft shades are probably my favourites, they can go with anything! x

  • I usually go for pastels in spring but I would love to try colourful french and matte nails too, although my nails are terribly weak at the moment, almost all of them are broken. πŸ™

    • I broke my nails right after the wedding(luckily not before) so I cut them really short. Now I am waiting for them to get longer so I can try colourful french!

  • I love a good nude nail, it’s pretty and goes with everything. I do get my nails done though because I’m shocking at doing my own, I just don’t have the patience for it hahah.



    • Last time I got my nails done, they turned out really bad the next day so I better do it myself from now on!

  • I but far too much effort into my nails haha- I always have acrylics πŸ˜› I am a huge fan of all of these trends- especially the matte nails- matte grey nails especially! I love a colorful french tip too!

    Rachel xx

  • I love pastels in the spring time but I really must start taking care of the nails soon. I have let it go and my hands are horrible πŸ™‚

    Pams Stuff and Things

    • I should do the same, lately I haven’t even applied hand cream *sigh* πŸ™

  • Siffat Haider

    I’ve never been one to keep up with nail trends, but it’s always interesting to know what’s in. Definitely a fan of matte nails so I’ll have to try that!

    • I wasn’t really into nail polish trends as well, however this year there are so many things I really like to try out! x

  • I want to try a colorful French! So fun!

    pumps & push-ups

  • My favorite nail trend for the spring is definitely pastels. In general,I’m not a big fan of pastel colors, but I really like them on the nails at this time of the year!

    • I am a fan of pastels during spring&summer and berries in autumn&winter, so lately all I’ve been wearing is pastel nails!

  • I am always a fan of nude nails and a classic French manicures. I may take a risk and wear more bright colours on my nails. <3 Thanks! /Madison
    Sugar Talk

    • Classic french is beautiful, definitely one of my favourite thing to wear!

  • Kay (shoesandglitter)

    Ohh so many interesting ideas in this post! My nail trends don’t change much throughout the year… I love Barbie pinks and bold reds, depending on the mood. πŸ™‚ x I deffo couldn’t wear matte nails, though – I need my nails to be shiny and glossy, not matte! <3 Pastel colours are gorgeous for spring, and I don't mind a little bit of glitter from time to time… πŸ™‚ I have a Barbie pink Hello Kitty nail polish with a ton of glitter in it, it's kinda cheesy but I'm in love with it! πŸ˜› Thanks for sharing yet another awesome post, hope you're well! Kisses. x


    • I guess we all have one of these Barbie pink nail polishes, I save it for when I am feeling down so a bit of colour cheers me up ha ha πŸ™‚ I hope you are doing great, hun! Have a lovely week xx

  • I love the nude nail trend on others, but I just haven’t found the right nude for my skin tone yet. I feel like nude looks better on paler skin tones.

    xx Yasmin

    • It is all about finding the right tone, once you do you will love the nude nail polishes on you! x

  • nude nails are my absolute fave. i always go for it whenever i have to redo my nails since it goes with everything and i love how it looks on my hands. can’t get enough!

    • When I am feeling lazy, nude nail polishes are my saviours! They go with anything and also low maintenance!

      • i know! i always go for those colors cause it’s the easiest

      • i know – seriouslyyy

  • pink nails are my favorite for this season! thanks for sharing your tips!!

    The New Girl Blog

  • Ellie Adams

    I absolutely love playing around with different colours but I think my favourite will always be a classic nude or red. Glitter for Christmas is of course a necessity though πŸ˜‰


    • Classic nude or red never gets old! They will always be on top of my list πŸ˜‰ x

  • I really want to invest in some metalic nail colours! However i think nude nails will always be my fave!

    Darriyan xx |

  • Raydant

    I really like nude nails, it really became a trend late last year! Love the selections!

    Raqda x

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  • I have yet to try matte nails! I saw them on a few people and still don’t know how I feel about them yet. Although I said the said thing with matte lipstick and now it’s basically all I wear. So I might just give them a go this season. I do however always end up sticking to nude nails.

    Great post! Love ur breakdown of nail trends.

    • Even though I love matte lipsticks, I am not really into matte nail polish trend. I only wear it once in awhile for a chance, that’s why I got matte top coat, instead of investing on a matte nail polish which I will hardly wear, at least with the top coat I can turn any nail polish into a matte nail polish πŸ™‚

  • Aditi Oberoi Malhotra

    Great read! Colorful French sounds like fun!!

    Adi xx

  • trend-mixblog

    Loving these nail trend ideas! I’ve recently got into pastel nails, loving it for the spring. πŸ™‚

    • Pastel nails is what I’ve been wearing a lot lately πŸ™‚

  • I’m always looking for new ideas for my nails so this post is a gold mine! Can’t wait to try some new colors out this spring!
    xx Dany

    • Spring is a colourful season so why not make everything colourful, right?

  • I’m loving the pastel trend.. but matte will definitely never be my thing!
    Becca | theBeautyInbox

  • Nadia

    Ive been eyeing colourful French manicure and it looks so fab on long beautiful nails! Also, I’ve been obsessed with all the nudes and pastels – my nails have mostly been painted either light taupe shade or dusty baby pink’y/beige’y shade. Great post, sweetie & a really interesting read. It’s always nice to stay update with the recent trends. Also, massive thanks to your lovely fiance for a message & advice. You both are so sweet πŸ™‚
    Hope your weekend is going super great, lovely!
    xox Nadia

    • Classic/colourful french mani looks beautiful on long nails, I tried to wear it with short and it doesn’t look good πŸ™‚ Baby pink is one of my favourite colour, it looks beautiful.
      I hope you fixed your comment issue and you are doing great. Have a lovely week, hun! xx

  • Love these colors!



  • I’m just looking forward to finding time to do my nails, haha! I have nail polish picked out and sitting next to my computer, but baby boy’s naps are so unpredictable I haven’t gotten around to applying it yet! I have some pastel polishes I’d love to wear again! πŸ™‚

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • Once your baby boy has a good sleep routine, then you can have some time for pampering πŸ™‚ Of course the big one has to be good to let the mummy do her nails :))

  • Can’t wait to paint my nails with some bright pastel colours again!
    Lovely post Ela! x

    Melanie | Lilies Beauty – A Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

  • Metalic and matte nails are definitely on my to do list for this year, haha! It sounds so cool! Thanks for sharing this! xx

    • Something different to try out! I love trying new things x

  • I’m not really a nails girl, I tend to keep them short and simple. But I may start using them if nude nails become popular! They are gorgeous <3

    xx Bash |   go say   H E Y   B A S H

    • Most of the time I am too lazy to do my nails and when I do it, I want to have them looking nice all the time. Nude nails are definitely hit this year, something I will be wearing a lot <3 x

  • I’ve been living for pastel and glitter for years now – these are my absolute favourites! Nude nails are indeed a safe choice, and just look so pretty and delicate. I can’t decide between these three trends, but I do hope they’ll stay forever and ever! πŸ™‚ And what is yours then?

    Julia x

    • Pastel and nudes are my favourites! I love nudes because it is a safe play, when I can’t be bothered to do my nails then I go for nudes πŸ™‚ x

  • I’m loving the pastel trend.. love these colors.. Love the selections!
    Good vibes, FOX
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  • I am loving pastels and colorful french manicure this summer πŸ™‚

  • I definitely neglect my nails waaaay too often! And they’re not in the best condition either. Which is why I like to use nail polish regularly to cover it all up haha πŸ˜€
    Pastel shades are a definite yes yes for me. Soring is all about pastel shades! Nude nails are also something I’ve been more into lately.
    Loved these ideas! Thanks for writing about them <3
    Emma xxx

    • I tried to get my nails long before the wedding and right after (luckily) the wedding, some of them messed up! Most of the time I don’t really pay attention to my nails, I shouldn’t really do that! Pastels and nudes are my favourites, they just look beautiful πŸ™‚
      I hope you are having a great week, lovely! xx

  • I need to start looking after my nails before I try out trends but I would love too!

    Fix Me In Forty Five – A Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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    • Definitely try some of these trends, I am sure you will love some of them! x

  • Love it! Thanks for sharing



  • Caliope Couture

    I have to admit that I love all of these nails trends! I have worn most of these except for the colourful French tips which I love the look of but haven’t had the time to recreate yet. Might be a good weekend project πŸ™‚
    Christina β™₯

    • Colourful French mani looks beautiful, something I should do more often πŸ™‚

  • I love trying some glitter as a top coat, I think it’s such a cute and fun look πŸ™‚

    Velvet Blush

    • Glitters look beautiful, I wish it wasn’t that hard to remove them πŸ™‚

  • I never thought much about nude nails until a couple of months back and now I’m hooked! I also love brights and pastel hues for spring/summer x

    Jenny | Krystel Couture + House of Fraser Giveaway

    • Nude nails are safe choice and you can’t really notice when it messes up! x

  • Definitely will wear more pastels this year! I want to try the Colourful French, if I can manage to do it myself!

    • Practice makes perfect, so keep trying until you get it perfect πŸ˜‰

  • I do love a good matte nail. At first I thought it was a bit strange, but now I’m all about it πŸ™‚

    • Once in awhile, I wear matte nails. Some of the colours look so good when it is matte πŸ™‚

  • Diana Horsfall
  • I like nude shades!


  • Adaleta Avdic

    Pastels are definitely one of the many trends I’ve been rocking on the nails. I’m actually wearing a super bright polish today, but I’ve been opting for those pastels recently which has been nice. They go with everything. Also your nail polish collection is AMAZING! xx

    • Pastels and nudes are my favourites and I can’t get bored of them! Bright nail polishes are perfect for spring&summer, something I will be wearing a lot! x

  • Charlotte Mill

    I do love pastels and I think they are here to stay! Love hearing about trends, great post!

    Charlotte x


  • The Sunday Mode

    I love painting my nails but I actually haven’t painted them in such a long time. I love pastels and nude nails, I agree that nudes always look elegant no matter what.

    • Sometimes I go weeks without painting my nails and when I do, I want to paint them all the time, I wish I wasn’t lazy πŸ™‚

  • Aditi Oberoi Malhotra

    In love with all of these shades!

    Adi xx

  • Shwetali

    I am loving nude nails this summer πŸ™‚ Nice post ela

  • Love this post! I’m really obsessed with nude nails right now, I have medium colored skin so grays match well. My favorite is OPI’s taupeless beach, highly recommend.

    Je M’appelle Chanel

    • Nude nails will always be trendy, it is one of my favourite!

  • Lou

    I am loving nude nails at the moment. I haven’t worn colour on my nails in months! x
    Louise |

    • Nude nails are so pretty, I often wear nude nails πŸ™‚ x

  • Love the nudes!

    Love, Marie Roget | Marie Roget Shop

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    Hello there, I spotted your blog on Michelle Phan’s website and I decided to come and say hi! I love your blogposts :). If you have any spare time, feel free to check mine out, since I have just started writing a blog
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  • I love glitter and pastel nails! I remember when crackle nails were a thing!



  • Bernadette

    Lovely post, this was a very nice read. x

  • Great Post! I love french nails that mix the
    same color – but the tips are matte and the nail is glossy – so fun! πŸ˜‰
    Thanks for sharing!

    Love, Lindsey

  • I’ve always wanted to try the matte french tip nails, kind of a mix of both nail trends and it is absolutely beautiful! Really such a bummer that I still have not met a nail salon that carries matte nail polishes!

    xx |