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Spring 2012 Hot Nail Polish Colors and Trends for Nails

Springtime is the perfect time for a fresh new look or a special day pampering yourself. Even a simple new spring manicure or pedicure can make you feel like a million bucks. To welcome the warmer weather, try one of the hot spring 2012 nail polish colors for your next mani or pedi. You can brush up your style with stunning nail colors for spring 2012 using some polishes from the latest collections by top nail polish designers.

These hot nail polish colors for spring 2012 will give your look a snazzy twist, no matter if you choose something a bit wild or a look that is more down-to-earth. Polished nails can really polish your look – try not to go out of the house with half-worn polish on your fingers and toes. Instead, dress up your nails with a pretty new shade of polish just in time for spring. Check out our Spring 2012 hot nail polish colors and trends for nails to find some great new colors to add to your nail polish collection as flip-flop weather finally arrives.

Spring 2012 Nail Polish Trend #1: Bright, Bright, Bright!
You might not be surprised to find that some of the hottest nail lacquer colors for spring 2012 include bright hues in yellows, oranges, blues, purples, and greens. The trends for spring 2012 hot nail polish colors are leaning towards shades that make a statement, grabbing attention, and accenting an outfit like the perfect fashion accessory.

“I would say these bright colors are one of most exciting collections yet,” says Natasha Polikov, co-owner of Marina and I Salon. “As always, nail colors are dictated by fashion and it is not an exception this year. The biggest colors in fashion are orange and yellow. And nail colors are following with wonderful oranges, corals, salmons, and, of course, yellows. And absolutely any bright and delicious color that will compliment any and all of those, including the brightest pinks, most luscious lavenders, deep and seductive hues of blue, and spring reds.”

Polikov respects that not all women are bold and daring with their nail polish colors, though, and she recommends a few easy ways to adapt the trends to personal comfort zones for nail colors.

“Some of us ladies are a little shy, a little softer perhaps, and there are colors for us are there as well,” she says. “All the same colors work, but just in shades a little more mysterious like smoky blue, quiet gray, mysterious very light violet, beautiful sage, and very soft shimmers.”

OPI’s Spring 2012 nail polish lineup, the Holland Collection, fits the bill for both bold and bright colors as well as more subdued yet still gorgeous shades in the same theme. Colors include rich reds and purples, medium blues, a softer sage green, and a few pinks and coffee hues, among others. There truly is something for everyone in OPI’s spring 2012 collection, whether it’s a basic off-white or light pink, or a truly deep purple or a fun coral red.

Another set of bright and pretty nail colors to try for spring are the daniPro polishes, which are a doctor-formulated brand that includes a topical antifungal to keep your nails free from nail fungus and discoloration while looking beautiful. The daniPro collection includes bold and bright colors like My Girl PURE PINK, Stop And Smell the Flowers LILAC, and First Kiss RED, but also includes lighter shades like Love is All PINK, and neutrals in nude, steel, and even clear coats. I received four bottles of daniPro nail polish to review. The polishes apply smoothly but may need a couple of coats to reach your desired depth of color. I especially like the lilac shade, which has a shiny and juicy appearance. The colors really “pop” on your nails and I love how bright they appear. These nail polishes are natural, organic, and safe to use, formulated to be healthier for those using them, as they are free from formaldehyde, DBP, and toluene.

Spring 2012 Nail Polish Trend #2: Classics and Subtle Neutrals – Beige, Cream, and Pinks
It seems the neutral shades of nail polish never go out of style! Some additional spring 2012 hot nail polish colors include sweet shades of pink, cream, and beige, offering a softer look that works for business as well as pleasure. Dress up your nails for a formal occasion or everyday wear – these nice neutrals and soft, subtle nail polish colors will keep your look fresh and feminine no matter what the occasion.

Paul & Joe’s spring 2012 nail enamels feature a nude beige, an elegant pink, and a flirty rose color specifically chosen for springtime. This nail polish collection is unique in that it was actually inspired by owner Sophie Albou’s love of cats as an ode to Paul & Joe Beaute’s 10 year anniversary. The adorable cat themed nail polish boxes are too cute for words so hopefully the picture does them justice. I received a bottle of Manekineko (027), which is a bright, hot pink nail polish that brings together romance and playfulness in one bottle. I especially loved the ease of application with the nail polish brush, but the shape of the bottle is also attractive and easy to hold and open. Some of the key ingredients in this specialty nail enamel include orange flower water, white lily extract, jojoba oil, chamomilla recutita, and pearl calc extract, each with its own purpose to moisturize, soften skin, or protect your nails. Paul & Joe’s spring 2012 nail polishes retail for $14 and are available for purchase at b-glowing.com and beautyhabit.com.

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Spring 2012 Nail Polish Trend #3: Patterns, Metallics, Minx Nails, and Glitter
If you are in the mood for something daring and edgy from the other side of the spectrum, consider patterned nails or bold metallics, Minx nails, or manicures and pedicures with glitter galore. The possibilities are truly endless when it comes to spring 2012 nails in the world of glitz and glamour. Keep the Ruffian manicure in mind, as well as the patterned nail stickers as an at-home alternative to salon professional Minx manicures.

If you are feeling especially crafty, try your luck with geometric patterns, color blocking, and other hand-painted nail art designs that you can enjoy all spring and well into the summertime. The Capitol Colours Hunger Games Collection from China Glaze offers an attractive set of metallics and bold earth tones like Stone Cold (a steely gray), Riveting (a sparkling tangerine), and Agro (a glimmering green). The Capitol Colours Hunger Games Collection from China Glaze is available at Amazon.com and ULTA Beauty, retailing for $7 per bottle.

Spring 2012 Nail Polish Trend #4: Posh Pastels
Pretty yet sophisticated pastel hues also make the list of popular nail polish colors for spring 2012. Look for colors that aren’t quite in the Easter egg family. Instead, opt for pistachios, lavenders, buttery yellows, and muted blues and corals. You can mix and match your spring manicure and pedicure colors for a two-toned look as well, choosing light lavender and pairing it with dark amethyst or navy blue accents, or other fun nail color combinations.

For a pairing of mini nail polishes, consider mark’s miniature nail polish duo, Violet Daze and Tickled Pink. The dark, sparkly purple hue fits nicely with the metallic trends as well as the brights for spring, while the lighter Tickled Pink shade fits with the pastels for the season. I received a set of Violet Daze and Tickled Pink and found them a gorgeous pairing for spring. I painted my toes in the dark purple shade and my fingernails in the lighter pinkish, purple shade for a look that lives up to the feelings of spring. I recommend using two coats of either color for your mani or pedi, or even painting your nails all one color and using the other shade for accents like stripes, a single stripe, polka dots, plaid, or another fun design. This two-pack of mini nail colors by mark (entitled nailed it TREND) retails for $7.

Spring 2012 Nail Polish Trend #5: Gel Nails
A hot nail salon trend for current manicures and pedicures is the gel nails craze. This salon option gives women a more elegant and long-lasting choice when it comes to their manis and pedis.

“All the new trends in the nail industry follow right in the steps of the nail polish colors,” says Natasha Polikov of Marina and I Salon. “I am, of course, talking about gel nails and their colors. More and more clients using gel products for their nails are interested in color. Many of the gel colors (or gel polishes) match the colors of the polishes almost one for one. And the benefits of using gel products for the nails are endless, including two to three weeks or more in between manis! It gives us a freedom that all of us busy women of today need so much.”


We hope you enjoyed our spring 2012 hot nail color preview. Please feel free to share any of your favorite nail polish tips and trends or color combinations in our comments below.

About the Experts:
Natasha Polikov came from Belarus in 1980 with her parents and sister Marina. She attended Ippoliti’s School of Cosmetology and followed her love for nails. In 1990, Natasha and her sister opened Marina and I Salon. She’s a Master Educator and Distributor for Luxe Beauty Solutions training nail techs for gels.


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