Spring 2012 Nail Colors
What Nail Color (or lack thereof) to wear this Spring?
This spring will leave you scratching to go nude...literally. With a plethora of bright and crazy colors strutting down the runways, little is left for the imagination when it comes to nails. Very feminine, simple shades are the edgy yet wearable way to go for prom 2012. Ivory, oatmeal, tan and similar polishes are on every model and celebrity's hands this spring. Nude nail colors are the perfect way to keep a balance with this season's bright fashion and accessories.
Nails painted with a cream like palette are great because their neutral color matches all prom dresses and are flattering on every set of hands. The key to using a "naked" shade of polish is to keep nails shiny, chip-free, and more of a rounded shape. These tips will give the idea of longer fingers and make a statement even with the lack of color. Pale pink and yellow hues are also huge this spring and are more appropriate if avoiding overly bold colors and patterns of clothing. Of course it would not be spring without some nail designs outside of the box. Some designers showed models with lattice or lace nail designs, but still kept the colors white or nude.
An old classic of red nails has also emerged as a trend. In the 1950's it was common for women to match their lip color with their fingernails and the same concept is back with a hot twist. Some designers had models wear pink or salmon nails and lips to clash with a neon accessory on purpose, while others just classic red lips and tips for an old world look. New nail art was also on the runway for spring 2012. The "reverse French manicure" appeared as a great way to use pale and bright hues together to create a more dramatic effect.
All of these trends can work for anyone as long as they are done with a proper manicure. Whether at the salon or DIY at home, following a few simple steps can make nails look all the better. Using an exfoliating scrub on hands before polishing is essential. Mixing course sea salt or sugar into a soap or oil and then rinsing can also have the same effect. Also, trim and buff nails and be sure to push cuticles back before coating with any polish to get a longer lasting manicure.