No matter how you feel about it—whether you're drawn to it or not—green nail polish is having a moment. It's having more than a moment, actually. It's been trending for a while now and in every shade under the sun. Personally, I love green nail polish. So humor me, if you will, as I'd like to make a case for it. Here it goes. Green nail polish is unexpected. It's eye-catching. It's confident. And depending on whether you choose a subtle sage green or a striking slime shade, it can fit any situation and aesthetic.
Despite my impassioned plea to consider painting your nails a shiny shade of green, I realize that you might require further proof that green is in fact the go-to nail color of the season. And I'm happy to abide. Keep scrolling to see the five most photogenic shades of green nail polish. From mint to emerald, these shades are cold hard evidence that green is the way to go.
#1: Mint Green
Let's start with mint—perhaps the most approachable shade of green. I call it gateway green.
You have to admit mint is one of those rare colors that work all year round. It looks fresh and springy in the warmer months and cool and icy in the colder months. It's a chameleon that way.
This minty shade is brighter than most and looks amazing under a super-glossy top coat.
#2: Olive Green
Olive green is definitely darker and bolder than mint, yet it has enough subtlety to still appear somewhat neutral. And if I do say so myself, it looks incredible paired with gold jewelry.
One of my all-time personal favorite shades of olive green is this one from where else but the L.A.-based nail brand Olive & June. It has the perfect amount of yellow in it to balance it out.
Speaking of my personal favorites, J.Hannah is one of my favorite nail polish brands, in general. Each shade is unexpected and original, including this one, which is aptly named Artichoke.
#3: Sage Green
There's no shade of green more whimsical and elegant than sage green.
Sage green looks exceptionally elegant when glossy. This polish has a super high-shine finish.
#4: Emerald Green
Here it is—my absolute favorite shade of green nail polish ever. There's just something about an emerald-green manicure that looks rich and lush and elegant and classic all at once.
Whether it leans more yellow or blue in undertone, you can never go wrong with deep green.
If this deep-green Jinsoon polish doesn't convince you to go green, I don't know what will.
#5: Slime Green
Here's what I've been building toward—slime green. It's definitely the most untraditional shade of green on this list, but who says a manicure has to be traditional anyway?
Slime green is striking and unexpected. So in other words, it's basically made for Instagram.
How does that one saying go? If it's good enough for Gucci, it's good enough for us?
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This topcoat is super glossy and keeps color intact for days at a time.
This remover is unique in that I can use it without feeling like I need to ventilate my apartment.
After just a couple of uses, this serum makes my cuticles feel soft, smooth, and moisturized.
A mini manicure kit is a must for traveling. Every time I go somewhere without it, I miss it.
Nail art stickers are the easiest way to make an at-home manicure look salon-worthy. Just pop them on over nail polish, paint over them with a clear topcoat, and you're good to go.
Kaitlyn McLintock is a skincare-obsessed beauty writer who covers everything from up-and-coming trends to product launches, in-office treatments, and more. She has over five years of experience in digital media, and her work has appeared in publications such as The Zoe Report, InStyle, Coveteur, and more. When she's not hovering over her computer writing about all things beauty, she's drinking coffee, listening to Harry Styles, or exploring her new city of Austin, Texas.
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