When the weather warms up and you head to the nail salon, is your default color of choice a pastel shade or a bright pink? Spring weather is usually synonymous with light colors and baby hues, but just as we challenged the notion of wearing light colors on your lips this season, top nail experts are seeing a movement away from the norm and into the realm of unconventionality. While fair-toned hues like the bottles above are still a popular pick, we're excited to step outside of the box this spring. Think dark hues, metallics, and (totally doable) nail art. Keep scrolling to give your own nails an upgrade!
Gina Edwards, celebrity manicurist for Kiss Products, says that this spring, we'll be seeing "squareletto" nails, which—you guessed it—are a hybrid of square and stiletto nail shapes. For shorter nails, Edwards says you can expect to see a movement toward square shapes.
"On the runways, we saw every color range, including metallics, but there's a few that I think we will be seeing everywhere. Some of my favorites are dusty pastels, like Dior's Lady or OPI's Cost Me a Mint (pictured above). Also not far from pastel is gorgeous periwinkle shade, You're Such a BudaPest, which is such a cool and pretty hue," explains OPI celebrity manicurist Alicia Torello.
"On a different note, I think red is big for spring—like really vibrant. My fave is OPI Big Apple Red," adds Torello.
Jin Soon, founder of JINsoon nail lacquer, says this spring is all about simplicity: "I think a great trend to be on the lookout for this summer is simple graphic nail art. While intricate nail art is fun, it can sometimes clash with your overall aesthetic. Bringing it back to classic, understated nail art that’s easy to DIY is on-trend this season. This type of nail art is for the ultimate cool girl and screams modern and chic," she explains.
Says Michelle Saunders, celebrity manicurist for Essie, "Use multiple colors with soft lines like swirls and squiggles to create a unique nail look. I love using similar tones that range in depth to create a subtle design."
Soon adds, "The second trend that is on the rise is wearing dark and edgy shades for the spring and summer months. You don’t have to only wear bright, pastel shades. Dark colors, especially on short nails, are elegant yet edgy."
Saunders says a nod to the '70s is a popular trend this season (especially with festival-goers): "Think grassy greens and orange-y reds."
"Negative space was huge last year, and I think we will see a continuation of natural nail beds peeking out through geometric or diagonal shapes of color. Using thin, teeny nail tape is the best way to achieve razor-sharp intricate lines," says Dineh Mohajer, co-founder and creative director of Smith & Cult.
"I see a gravitation toward shades that are both soft and sweet, but also pastels with a dark and stormy side. I’ve created two new nail lacquer shades, including The Bee Side, an opaque buttery sunshine, and Subnormal, an opaque cement. Subnormal is quintessential punk meets pastel," says Mohajer.
"This spring, I’m loving creamy pastels that don’t have a heavy white base, like Formula X nail polish in Free Spirit, a cornflower-blue shade, and Lady Love, an iridescent pastel pink shade," says celebrity manicurist and Formula X brand ambassador Mar y Soul.
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