Red remains one of the best nail colors for spring in 2018.
When you think fashion week, you probably envision models, sleek clothes, and chic shoes, but it's not just about fit and fabric. New York Fashion Week is also a veritable fountain of trend and vogue, and everything from the models' carefully coiffed hair to their eye-catching manicures is meticulously planned by the designers. Luckily, you don't have to be a statuesque model to take part—some of the best nail colors for spring debuted at fashion week and will inspire you to paint nails that are totally on trend.
Metallics are nothing new in the world of nails, but what makes this spring's take on the finish so unique is a departure from the usual suspects. No silver and gold here—designers showcased metallic nails in bold and unexpected hues like green (Wet n' Wild Wild Shine Nail Color in Do Pass Go) and rose gold, such as Revlon ColorStay Envy Nail Enamel in Beginner's Luck.
One of the best new nail colors for this spring is any shade with a subtle shimmer, rather than a chunky glitter. While glitter is great for the holidays, a sleek shine makes a statement for spring. Try adding a topcoat to any of your existing polishes for an on-trend look. Essie LuxeEffects Top Coat in Frilling Me Softly instantly updates any polish for a fashion-forward look.
Nude with a Twist
Nude nails are a complete classic, but they're not exactly daring. Designers added a twist to their nude manicures at fashion week by adding a feature nail. By embellishing just one nail, your nude polish takes on a fresh look even if it's an old favorite. Try the Fing'rs Nail Arts Kit to add a couple of bright dots to the nail on your ring finger or carefully glue on a gem for an extra sparkle. Who says nude nails have to be boring?
Color of the Year
In December Pantone announced the 2018 Color of the Year as Ultra-Violet, a blue-purple hue that is both daring and unexpected. Almost immediately, models were spotted walking the catwalk with bright purple nails. Your nail color is the perfect way to test a trend without revamping your entire closet, so try Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Purplexed to see how you like the shade. Looking for something a little more subtle? Wet n' Wild Megalast Salon Nail Color in On a Trip is a lighter version of violet.
Everyone knows you can't go wrong with a classic red. After all, red nail polish has been a top seller for decades for a reason. Still, you might want a spring update, so swap out your maroon and burgundy-based reds out for a brighter, fresher version. A coral red, like Essie Nail Lacquer in Watermelon, is an easy switch that's just as timeless. Prefer a cherry red instead? Go with Essie Gel Couture Rock the Runway for a sassy spring update.
You don't need to be a model or a designer to rock the latest fashion week trends. By updating your nails and beauty routine for spring, you can transition to warmer weather in style. Keep an eye out for the best nail colors for spring so your look stays on trend.
By Jae Curtis