6 silver nail ideas for spring for a stylish mirror manicure


Once spring arrives, you might tend to look for pastels, pinks, or bright, vibrant hues for your manicure. And, yes, there’s something to be said for those traditional polishes that complement the warm weather ahead, but if you really want to show off and capitalize on the mirror manicure trend, it’s time to invest in silver polish. “Silver nails are a great way to [try] a glamorous look for special occasions,” says Na’Tasha Simmons, founder of the nail brand XXVZ. “It brings a shiny effect to the nails that you can’t find in many other colors.”

Silver nails look great when peeking over lightweight trench coats or shining in juxtaposition with a black cocktail dress at a wedding. Whatever your outfit, they’re a statement worth making. Evelyn Lim, Head Educator at Painting box, attributes the growing popularity of the trend to Kourtney Kardashian. “Although they never left, [silver nails] are making a comeback thanks to Kourtney Kardashian and her manicure Kim Troung“, explains the professional. “Since her engagement, most of Kourtney’s manicures feature silver nails and the fans are having a blast with it.

So if you want to follow the trend, below is a list of six expert-approved silver nail ideas to try for spring. And with a range of skills from beginner to pro level, you can even try a few on your next DIY nail art design.

full sequins

Sequins may make you think of the holidays or special occasions, but with today’s silver trend, they do their thing for spring. To do at home: painting on ella + mila’s On Thin Ice and finish with a top coat. For even more glitter, swipe on Shake It by Jinsoon on top for extra pop.

French diamond tips

Lim constantly has clients asking for French manicures and what better way to combine the classic style than with silver, shimmering tips? Her advice for your manicure as the weather begins to warm up: SPF. “Apply enough sunscreen to your hands when the weather gets warmer and the sun gets stronger,” she told TZR. “This will allow you to protect your hands from UV rays and hold a manicure longer.” Then let your French diamond tips take center stage.

Mani Mirror

There is something to be said for the simplicity of an all-over polish, and in silver it creates a beautiful mirror nail. Here, whether your nails are almond, oval, square, coffin, or stiletto, splashing silver on each is the way to go. “Silver is basically classified as neutral and how not to like a flash or something shiny,” says Olivia Van Iderstine, Olive & June vice president of content and creation. For beautiful, lasting money, try Essie Rock Your World.

Embrace the space

Negative space, the nail trend that encompasses curvy lines, happy little accidents, and empty space, has been trending in nail care for the past few seasons. This spring, it’s updated with a silver polish for a glossy, mirror-like mani. Pro Tip: Use a stippling tool or a thin nail brush to glide your lines.

Chrome French tip

Go for exaggerated nail length when sporting a chrome French tip this season. Simmons suggests applying cuticle oil often for this spring trend, as your nails will likely still be dry after winter. As additional advice: glass files will help keep longer nails looking like new, day after day, and will work wonders for spot rips and broken nails.

metallic stars

If you’re more of a minimalist and don’t want all-silver nail polish, opt for fun nail stickers. Choose between a statement, accent nail or decals on your nails. Remember to follow with a high gloss top coat for a longer lasting manicure.

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