Hot New Spring Nail Trends

Spring is finally here, which means no more mittens! Phew. It also means it’s time to get your nails looking their best. But why stick with a traditional manicure when there are so many easy ways to take things to the next level?  Check out our 3 most loved trends for this Spring!

Cool Ombré Trend

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Ombré patterns have been everywhere this season. The French word ombré means “shaded,” and in fashion it refers to pretty much anything that starts out one color and then slowly morphs into another. So, why not ombré nails? They’re easier than you’d think.

How-To: Start with shaped and buffed nails. Clean nails thoroughly with acetone polish remover. Do not use a base coat, as the blending for the ombré look will not work as well over a base coat. Work with one nail at a time so polish is wet enough to blend. Starting at the cuticle area, apply a blue polish in a thick layer, using a dabbing technique, about 1/3 of the way up the nail. Using a lighter, metallic-blue shade, immediately polish, starting where darker blue ends, and “drag” the end of the darker blue polish up the nail to the end with the lighter blue to create an ombré “fade” (so the colors look like they fade into each other). Continue this application with all nails. Seal nails with a quick dry-top coat.

The Glitter Trend

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After years of sticking to subtle shimmer on our nails—more flicker than glare—we’ve found ourselves besotted with the new mega-size glitter polishes. A little bit rebellious and very luxurious, this trend is flashy in the best possible way.

How-To: Working with one nail at a time, apply a layer of brush-on nail glue, then dunk your finger into a container of craft glitter. Shake off the excess and re-dip as necessary to get the glitter to cover the entire nail. Once all your nails are finished, apply another layer of glue to hold everything in place, then top with clear polish.

Half Moon Trend

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One of the easiest and quickest looks to re-create is the half moon. This trend focuses on the moons of your nails (the half circle on the base of your nail).  Instead of highlighting the tip of the nail, try showing off the half-moon shape near the cuticle of the nail. You can switch it up by using two contrasting colors or by leaving the half-moon completely clear. It looks tough to make but following my DIY steps you will realize it’s super easy and looks killer!  Let’s try together:

How-To: Leave the moon (the white, half-moon shaped part of your nail closer to the skin) of your nail bare (you can use half of a hole perforator to cover), and coat rest of nail with two coats of plum polish. Do high-arched tip in one coat of black polish (note: to achieve full effect, nails should be a pointed, triangular shape). Finish with a shiny top coat.

What nail trend are you wearing right now?

 

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Banish Winter Blues with Pretty Pastels

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Feminine and flattering pastel statements are a definite must have for Spring 2013.  These sweet hues like turquoise, pink, lilac and powdery yellows are perfect on just about every skin tone.  The pretty, on-trend tones are super easy to wear, whether you rock them as an accessory to give a fresh pop to an existing outfit, or sport pastel as your focus piece.

There are many ways you can incorporate pastels into your wardrobe.   Check out our favorite ways to wear these cool colors!

Mix pastels and neutrals

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Adding a dose of neutral can help balance out the girly nature of pastels making it very easy to mix into one’s existing wardrobe.  Whether it’s a pair of earthy toned pants or a crisp white shirt, pairing it with pastel will give you just the right dose of color without going overboard.

Accessorize

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Unsure about stocking your closet with these candy shades? Try introducing some bits here and there.  Start with some adorable accessories first. Pastel accessories look great especially on a black dress. They sweeten up the look a little so it doesn’t appear as too vampy. Opt for a statement necklace in a pastel shade or even a pair of pastel pumps to balance the outfit out.

Pair it with Black

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Some women like the look of pastels but don’t want to seem like they’re going to a garden party when wearing them.  One easy way of avoiding this is to pair your pastels with your black pieces.   Got a favorite black leather jacket that you love to wear? There’s nothing wrong with pairing it with a pastel top or bottoms, like a pair of mint skinnies.  The combination of the softer pastels with the edgier details is a nice contrast and keeps your look from becoming too saccharine.

Keep hair and makeup minimal

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When you’ve already got sweet candy colors all over you, you’ll want to keep your makeup sweet and simple. Avoid mixing pairing it with dark smoky eyes unless if you’ve got black or deeper hues in your outfit. The best would be to go with nude or light eye shadow shades, paired with a classic red lip or a shimmery pink.

How will you wear pastel this spring?

 

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