The big news with nails this season: nude is in. After an excess of neon and oddball colors, the pendulum has swung in the opposite direction with an emphasis on pretty, wearable shades of cream and beige. That’s not to say there aren’t bold patterns and bright moments to be enjoyed—this is spring, after all—but it’s all about classic reds, chic corals, soft pastels, and mellow yellows mixed in with cool ombre and metallic designs. Welcome to your most flattering manicure season yet. Plus, see the top makeup trends and hottest hair from Spring 2012.
Minimalist colors made the biggest statement of all. Creamy shades of gray, white, pale pink, and soft beige looked refreshing on models fingers, contrasting against the many printed clothing and accessories. Perfection is key with these shades, though—no chips, scuffs or slacking on the upkeep—and a rounded shape helps elongate your hands.
Sheer golden nude at Derek Lam
Prettiness and femininity were two of the most directional trends at the shows. On nails, that translated into lady-like reds, rich burgundy, demure pastels, and smart chartreuse. Pick up hints of your shade on your eyes or lips for the elegant finish.
Rose pink at Chanel
Manicurists have proven that they can do just about anything with a set of Minx, some glitter, and an airbrush gun. Now that the boundaries have been pushed, it’s all about perfecting the art to focus on artful yet approachable looks. Here’s what worthy of gracing your tips this season.
Sequined tips at Dsquared