With each passing week, sweaters become gauzier, tights become optional--and sandals are no longer a souvenir from the warmer months but a viable footwear option to flirt with. As we trade in our ankle booties for minimal mules, pedicures suddenly make a comeback, taking priority in springtime beauty routines.
For those who emerge from winter with a vampirical pallor or find themselves simply unready for summertime brights, selecting the perfect shade for your pedicure's seasonal debut requires some strategy. To aid in the decision-making process, we asked five experts to weigh in with their recommendations for the most universally flattering shades.
Photo: Courtesy of Jin Soon
1. Jin Soon, editorial manicurist
"The single most flattering shade for the first day of sandal season is coral--it announces the arrival of spring and looks fresh and feminine on all skin tones."
JINsoon Polish in Sinopia, $18, buy it now
2. Sarah Gibson Tuttle, owner of Olive & June
"We have been loving light blue on everyone lately! It can come across warm or cool. Our current favorite is CND Creekside."
CND Shellac in Creekside, $14, buy it now
3. Maki Sakamoto, editorial manicurist
"I like Chanel's Camélia. It's hot pink and will be pretty [on everyone]! Also a light blue color from Essie called Bikini So Teeny--it's very spring-y and different."
Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Camélia, $28, buy it now
Photo: Courtesy of Sally Hansen
4. Madeline Poole, editorial manicurist
"My favorite universal pedicure colors are shades between periwinkle and lavender. It feels fun and unexpected but has a neutral softness to it, which doesn't draw so much attention to toes that haven't seen the light of day in a few months. Since periwinkle blue is so far away on the spectrum of color from any skin tone, it's going to pop off everyone and have a nice defining contrast."
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish in Sugar Fix, $10, buy it now
5. Nadine Ferber, owner of Tenoverten
"I've seen people try every shade possible: While nudes are nice, they seem bleak on some feet, and while [bordeaux] can be elegant, it looks drab on certain skin tones. You can't beat a coral red such as Tenoverten's Ludlow or NARS in Dovima for the perfect color as we enter this sandal season."
Tenoverten Nail Polish in Ludlow, $18, buy it now
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