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By now, you’ve probably been inundated with an endless stream of articles, round-ups, and Instagram “experts” telling you that it’s mandatory to start wearing bright colors instead of, for example, dark nail polish colors for spring. Whenever the weather warms up, we routinely accept this assumption as one of those unwritten, but totally necessary rules. Personally, I think it’s all sort of ridiculous. Wear what you want; especially when it comes to your beauty routine.
I’m particularly rebellious when it comes to my nail color because it’s the one part of my look I’m never too lazy to switch up. Colors are rarely in short supply, which means I never get bored and actually have a little fun painting them on myself. It’s work, but not too much work, like struggling to put on a fake eyelash (the bane of my existence). If like me, you’re ready to break a beauty rule or two, I recommend starting with any of these dark polishes.
Not only are they tailor-made for a moody spring aesthetic, but they’re also all from reputable clean brands. That means they’re made with the all-too-common nasties (formaldehyde, toluene, camphor, etc.) and won’t chip or dry out your nail beds. It’s always the right time to try something new.
786 Cosmetics “Pretoria”
A “breathable,” 11-free dark purple.
Cirque Colors “Wall St.”
A gorgeous olive green.
Kanai Beauty “Tartlet”
A mesmerizing glitter eggplant.
Karma Organic “Moonlit Ocean”
A chip-resistant purple-blue with a metallic finish.
Sally Hansen good.kind.pure “Bee It”
A creamy cranberry.
Base Coat ‘Ali’
A rich wine red for when you want to feel bold.
Butter London Cosmo Glazen Peel-Off Glitter Nail Lacquer
A vibrant glitter you can easily remove at the end of the day.
Cote No. 77
A creamy midnight blue.
ella + mila ‘Date Night’
A dark and sultry purple for your next night out.
Flora 1761 Aralia Leaf
A lush emerald with a hint of sparkle.
A gray that doesn’t look too washed out.
Priti NYC ‘Dream Weaver’
A gorgeous forest green you can see from feet away.
Smith & Cult ‘Dirty Baby’
This charcoal glitter isn’t for the faint of heart.
A soft-looking grape with pink undertones.
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