The latest runway-inspired nail polish trends that you will be wearing this season.
In 2012, prepare to see more and more luxe, designer influence in nails – everything from the pretty pastels at Chanel to the new mint and pistachio shades from YSL and Essie. With new spins on neutrals, textures and colours, there are plenty of luxe nail offerings. We turned to Leeanne Colley, Revlon Nail Expert and owner of Tips Nail Bar and Spa in Toronto, for her take on the hottest nail polish trends of the year.
Nail polish trend #1: Glitter
Norman Ambrose Spring/Summer 2012; Image courtesy of CND
Sparkling nails continue to shine for spring. CND nail artists created a two-tone French manicure at Norman Ambrose Spring 2012, using a hot red hue on the base of the nail and finished it with a gold glitter tip. For a fresh update on glitter, Colley suggests trying a glitter fade. “Start with a solid base colour, then fade a fine or chunky glitter overtop in an upward motion from the tip to the centre of the nail,” she says. Try: For a bold look try Revlon Nail Enamel in Scandalous—a dark fuchsia with different sized glitter for real depth and dimension
Nail polish trend #2: Metallic and magnetic polishes
3.1 Phillip Lim Spring/Summer 2012; Image courtesy of IMAXTree.com
Taking cues from the metallic makeup seen at Chanel, Ralph Lauren and 3.1 Philip Lim, this trend is trickling down to nails for spring. Be sure to apply metallic lacquer with smooth, even strokes as it shows more flaws than opaque polish. For added dimension, try doing magnetic or holographic nails – magnetic polish contains particles that create a ripple effect when they come in contact with a special magnet located in the lid of the bottle. Nails Inc. currently has a selection of magnetic nail lacquer available at Sephora, and Sally Hansen will release some later this year. “The big trend here is about anything with a really interesting finish,” says Colley. “These enamels are wearable and give the illusion they were professionally applied even if they weren’t.”
Nail polish trend #3: The new neutrals
Frankie Morello Spring/Summer 2012; Image courtesy of IMAXTree.com
New neutral tones offer a refreshing look that is perfect for everyday wear. Barely there nudes were the chosen hues for nails at the Frankie Morello, Monique L’huillier and Joseph Altuzarra Spring 2012 shows. “Last year beige was all the rage for neutral nails,” says Colley. “This year, nudes are specifically about earthy tones like sand, stone, granite and bone.” Try Revlon ColorStay Longwear Nail Enamel in Bare Bones. The technology in this polish will keep your manicure going strong for up to 11 days. For a hint of colour, demure and neutral pastels are the way to go. Try OPI’s grey-green pastel in Stranger Tides as seen at Rebecca Taylor’s Spring 2012 show or Colley’s favourite—Revlon Top Speed in Jaded for a gorgeous pale mint with a hint of shimmer.
Discover how to add a splash of colour to your manicure and another must-try trend for this spring, on the next page...