2012 Spring Nail Color Preview

by Nail Schools on March 20, 2012

shutterstock_70308043The close of 2011 featured some eye-catching colors, but 2012 brings tidings of muted neutrals and sweet pastels. Fresh off the runway and flooding the street, spring nail trends demand attention by day and night. Look for colors that accent short nails and revamp long nails.


Neutral nail polish can take your hands from ordinary to extraordinary, proving once again that less is more. Beiges and tans have a milky undertones, while pinks and violets have a gray undertones. Some sheer examples are the beige “Barre My Soul” and lilac “Care to Danse?” from OPI’s NYC Ballet collection, due out in April.

Vintage Red

If you are obsessed with color, the vintage red trend is still going strong. The Christian Dior, Donna Karen and Jason Wu collections featured shades of cherry red and orange red on the catwalk this season. As it turns out, red lends itself to quite a few design applications, including dots, lace and stripes. Even Jennifer Lopez wore a reverse French manicure with burgundy tips to the Academy Awards.


If you like sweets, you are in for a confectionary-inspired treat. This season’s warm and cool shades look good enough to eat. You can expect cool pastels to have a white base, which makes colors in the blue and turquoise family look cleaner than in years past. But you may be surprised by the green tinted chartreuse, or pistachio color popping up all over. It just may end up this season’s sleeper hit. Warm colors will have yellow undertones and range from amber to tangerine and from orange to coral.


Move into spring with dazzling metallic colors. The glitter trend continues with a whole new line up of colors, shapes and sizes. Although tiny and shiny speckles remain the favorite, a new craze of 3D holographic patterns is creating a buzz. Noteworthy blue, emerald green and ruby red gemstones are sure to catch on.

The 2012 collections offer a little bit of everything this spring. You cannot go wrong with neutrals that complement your skin tone. Faint pink colors pair perfectly with fair skin. Chartreuse works wells on olive skin. Pale beige looks stunning on dark skin. If you want a slight spot of color, choose a neutral polish with gold undertones. One of the newest trends is to wear gold on the ring finger and a bright color on the remaining fingers. There is truly no limit to the number of textures and patterns you can add to a soft, ultra-feminine backdrop. So, what are you waiting for? Go out and see which shade whispers to you.

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