Here's how to nail the spring manicure trends

  • Article by: LESLEY KENNEDY , McClatchy News Service
  • Updated: May 15, 2013 - 1:17 PM

Update your spring look with the latest nail polish looks, from speckled pastels to glam glitter.


Deborah Lippmann Staccato collection combines black glitter with pastel colors.

A long winter of heavy sweaters, turtlenecks and coats can leave you pining for a new light and airy spring wardrobe. Sadly, our bank account doesn’t always seem to be in line with our fashion sense. (Cue the sad trombone.)

But before you sink into the summertime blues, know you can inject some serious seasonal style into your life with an inexpensive bottle of nail polish.

Whether you prefer something simple and sophisticated, say a nude or something pale and creamy, or like to make a statement — pastel green or full-on glitter, anyone? — your nails can set your whole personal style tone.

On spring runways, we definitely saw a turn toward minimalism (Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, Marc Jacobs), but also noted pretty pastel and sorbet shades (Douglas Hannant, Peter Som, Rebecca Minkoff) and shiny metallics (Erin Featherston, Behnaz Sarafpour, Carlos Miele).

“Nude will continue to be big for spring as we saw on the runway, but it’s a stronger look with opaque nudes — not sheer pinks,” celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann tells

“White is another big trend that we saw on the runway that is great for spring. I used Amazing Grace topped with Like A Virgin from my line for the Honor show, and it was gorgeous,” Lippmann said.

Lippman says nail color for spring is just plain fun.

“I launched a Staccato collection containing three shades — I’m Not Edible, a panicked pink; Polka Dots And Moonbeams, a sprightly black and white; and a mint mayhem shade called Rockin’ Robin,” she says. “We took very wearable spring shades and added black glitter, which gives them a bit of an edge. I like how the glitter pops with the creme base, and adds pizazz to traditional hues. It’s like nail art in a bottle.”

Nail options

Here are three more spring nail polish trends sure to make a statement. And at these prices? You might as well snatch up as many bottles as you can. A fresh spring style is at your fingertips.


• Deborah Lippmann Staccato collection: Love the idea of glam, glittery nails, but not quite ready to go full-on glitz? This new polish combines black glitter with pastel colors (try the mint Rockin’ Robin, pink I’m Not Edible or white Polka Dots and Moonbeams) — giving you pretty feminine, but with an edge. A college-age nanny dubbed this “the coolest nail polish I have ever seen.” Get it: $19,

China Glaze Textured Nail Lacquer: No need to worry about getting your polish perfect with this fun and bumpy product that looks a little like a texturized wall once applied. It comes in great names (yellow-green In the Rough, coral Itty, Bitty & Gritty and dusty blue Of Course!) and offers subtle sparkle. Get it: $5;

• Nails Inc. Feathered Effects: Too shy to work the feather trend on your clothes? Wear it on your nails. This cool polish builds colors as you layer it, so use it alone or over a solid base color. In spring shades of teal and yellow, blue and white, pastel orange and blue or pastel peach and white, the feather-like particles add instant pop to your look. Get it: $9.50;


Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in ‘Supernova’: Add instant shine to your day by brushing this purple glitter polish on your nails. Wear it alone for a more sheer look, or cover a bright base coat for added oomph. Get it: $2.99,

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