Spring nail colors

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Nothing like spring to get me excited about painting my toenails a bright new hot pink! The flirty and playful feel of this season’s nail polishes are pretty, yet seductive, and definitely will get you in the mood for spring.

New colors feature a subtle play of romantic neutrals and pastels with a pop of color to complement the season’s fashion palette—filled with bold graphic prints and romantic patterns. Among current color trends for spring are muted pastels in shades of pink, lavender, gray and white, with brighter, bolder colors such as fuchsia, coral, orange and red primarily for toes. My favorites? OPI Kiss to My Karma deep red and OPI I’m Indi-a Mood for Love hot pink; Carolyn New York Pride Week, a hot pink with a touch of purple; and Essie’s Hard to Get flirty pink.

yoga-blue.jpgThere’s also a lot of deep, dark reds and blues—which continue to be the hottest current trend. OPI’s Russian Navy nail lacquer is one such trendsetter, which has been updated with Yoga-ta Get This Blue! in the brand’s 2008 India Collection. I tried it and it’s not for me, but the color anywhere else would be be-a-utiful!

The natural look for nails (my preference for fingernails–too much maintenance otherwise!) is a continuing trend as well, so look for new sheer and natural colors that are flattering on all skin tones, in addition to reparative, nutritive products that make natural nails healthier, such as Avon’s Nail Expert and OPI’s Nail Envy. Look also for specially designed brushes for a salon look and formulations free of toluene, formaldehyde and DBP as companies improve the quality and application of their polish. Read more in the March issue of GCI magazine.

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