It’s true: No spring nail color is more classic than baby pink. But this season, I’ve been reaching for a different, more unexpected pastel: a bright turquoise that comes by way of Gucci Beauty’s Vernis À Ongles nail polish in Dorothy Turquoise. This cult shade first caught my attention at the 2019 Met Gala, where on the arm of Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele, Harry Styles wore a Gothic manicure punctuated by a few tactful turquoise accent nails. I was immediately drawn to the dose of cool contrast it supplied against his billowy black blouse and stacks of metallic rings. An aspirational color story! So, inspired by the fresh life of spring and craving a change, I finally reached for my sculptural, pear-shaped bottle of polish. I traded in my bare, buff nails for a blunt monochrome manicure in the rich sea-green shade–and have been relishing the results ever since.
It’s no mere coincidence: Turquoise is a feel-good shade–and one that historically has been associated with soothing and tranquil energy fitting for the vernal season. “It’s refreshing, yet bold,” says New York City-based nail artist, whose clients include Ashley Graham and Jodie Turner-Smith, of the universally-flattering gemstone hue. “It reminds me of a translucent ocean.” In terms of harmonizing with my wardrobe, I love how it looks against black leather, rusty browns, earthy yellows, and an occasional flash of something bolder, like fuchsia pink or avocado green. Over the past few weeks, it’s served as a nice transitional touch of color for the warmer months, one that friends and strangers alike have admired. Another reason I’ve come to love it? As I walk around New York City and my neighborhood in Brooklyn, I love how my nails match the turquoise-blue copper patina you see on old pre-war buildings. It’s a spring nail color that feels fresh and classic all at once.
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