TREND: Spring 2012 Nails

TREND: Spring 2012 Nails

With the help of the professionals at CND Nails – responsible for several of the runway nails season after season – we brought you a forecast of trends to come (click here for a recap), the most noted nails on the Fall 2012 NYFW runways. Now, we’re bringing it back to the present moment and, once again, calling on CND to give us their expertise on tip trends of Spring 2012. Taking her inspiration from the spring 2012 fashion week runways, CND Co-Founder & Style Director, Jan Arnold, gives us a recap of the 5 brightest, boldest and chicest nail looks to live in this season (plus pro DIY secrets):

New Rock & Roll

Debbie Harry meets Rihanna in this rock-star nail trend of nearly-neon shades in daring, psychedelic designs. Bold checkerboards, dangerous ombres and electric halo nails are energized with flashes of bright pink, primary reds and greens and midnight blues. Master this trend with a dramatic ombré – try pairing a dark blue or black with a fade into primary blue, red or green (we did it at Jen Kao and it looks beautiful AND dangerous)!

Seen at: Jen Kao and Nicole Miller

Hi-tech nails with sci-fi illuminated finishes are washed with lace overlay and tone on tone. Transcend the nude nail craze by rocking clear tips with texture – as with the Lucite Lace nails from Joy Cioci. Best paired with metallic weaves, opalescent chiffon, pleated muslin and paper-light poplin fabrics, seemingly natural nails are infused with radioactive texture in wrinkled cellophane, lattice airbrushing, holograms or transparent glass shards. DIY: To make your own lacey manicure, use a small piece of lace and paint over the fabric on your nail with CND Colour in Washed Down White or Studio White. Top with CND Air Dry top coat. For illuminated texture, layer CND Effects in Ice Blue Shimmer over nude or neutral nails.

Seen at: Joy Cioci and Joanna Mastroianni

Pan Am
Offbeat orange, yellow and persimmon are retro mod brights nails straight out of the swinging sixties. These shades look best when sported with a plaid cropped jacket or tweed pencil skirt. For the DIY-ers out there, make your own murky mustard yellow (a la Karen Walker) by taking a neon yellow polish and adding five drops of black polish to the bottle. Shake, shake, shake!

Seen at: Milly


Treasured Antiquity

This season’s new power metallic is emblazed with foiling and glitter. Heighten sophistication by contrasting a gold chrome nail with black edging; or doing a peachy nude nail with a slim silver perimeter. This look was seen on the runway at Norman Ambrose and The Blonds. Pick up your own gold leafing at a local craft store and apply to tacky polish with a tweezer. Use top coat to seal and protect the manicure!


Seen at: Norman Ambrose


Soy Milk Manicures

Say goodbye to the chalky white nails of yesterday, and hello to the creamy, airy whites of Spring 2012. Soy milk manicures are slightly translucent and look best on a feminine almond shape. This breezy shade of the season was used on the runways at Monique Lhuillier, Joy Cioci, Katie Ermilio and Joanna Mastroianni. Try two coats of CND Colour in Cream Washed with a high shine top coat.

Seen at: Monique Lhuillier, Joanna Mastroianni, and Joy Cioci


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