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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

6 spring nail polish trends

My twin sister texted me from a San Francisco nail salon the other day. Standing in front of endless rows of polish, she had no idea which shade to choose. "Which colors are 'cool' right now?" she asked. Well, after our half-joking conversation, I researched this season's nail polish trends, and ever since I've been noticing (and admiring) these gorgeous colors on pretty girls around the city. Nails are on fire this spring!

Which color, below, do you like best? What color is on your fingers and toes as we speak? (My nails are currently orange, but my next color will be mint:) xoxo
Six nail polish trends: Very pale pink (or even beige), mint, lavender, bright orange, fuchsia and orange/red. (Find similar colors here, too.)

(Top photo of my sister and me. Polish layout by Em for Cup of Jo. Flower photos, cropped, by Paris Apartment, Flora Abundance, Kari Herer, Tongue in Cheek, Oh Happy Day and FlirtyFleurs.)

109 comments:

Nikskie said...

i like all the color in the first pictures. that pale blue, purple and pink are great

Alexa said...

i'm currently loving essie's turquoise and caicos!! it took me 2 weeks to hunt it down in manhattan so i must not be the only one :)

J. Beaudet said...

I would wear the oranges and reds! I also love the pale pink and nude colors:)
Jennifer

Emily said...

Oh I just love Essie, such a beautiful selection of colours :) That's a very sweet collage you've got going on Joanna! x

Joanna Goddard said...

alex, so pretty for the beach! i love love love that mint.

JenV said...

After at least a decade with various iterations of vamp on my toes last weekend I tried the orange red, similar to last photo. It has been popping up on blogs and in magazines and I love it! It made me instantly feel revived and fresh and like summer was just around the corner. Highly recommend.

Malia said...

I currently have Essie Tart Deco on my toes with OPI Only Gold for Me on top. I've noticed a lot of neon yellow too this year and while I've liked it on other people I'm not sure if I can pull it off, but I do have a bottle waiting at home...

Kathryn said...

I love the first and second colors! I normally wear darker toned nail colors, this is perfect for spring.

I am the girl who randomly walked up to you in the playground last week with my friend :) and I mentioned you in my blog post: http://www.toastandnutella.blogspot.com/2012/03/you-can-have-life-you-want.html

I enjoyed meeting you! You have been such an inspiration to me over the years, thank you.

synapse said...

i'd go for the pink. or the red. i'm not too adventurous when it comes to nail colour. when it comes to bright colours i only go for the red (a more vivid one or a darker one). right now i have 'latte 2 go' from h&m. however, a few weeks ago i got all crazy and bought a coral one! it looks more BAM in the nails than i would expect (considering the view from the bottle) but it was fun (coral red from women' secret). but most of the times (even though i don't have much time to just sit down and try not to paint my whole hands!) i just go with pearl/soft pink,/almost just transparent - mainly to keep me from bitting the nails. shame on me!

clarity enhanced diamonds said...

The pale pink color is my favorite by far!

jen said...

I love Essie's "Eternal Optimist" - it's the prettiest color of pale pale pink. It might even be the first picture for this post. I generally love all those colors. I'll have to pick up a few more on my next trip to Target.

synapse said...

oh and this goes only for the fingers! the toe nails are always bare or with transparent/pale pink. too much maintenance otherwise!

Danni said...

Flesh-tone nails are also on trend for spring; although somehow I find the look a little bizarre.

Jen said...

Currently wearing Essie Tangerine. Nice mix of red and orange!

Dea said...

I've been meaning to get a bottle of mint polish. Will get one soonest.

I love my Essies, but right now, I'm wearing China Glaze Hunger Games--Smoke and Ashes on my toes, Agro on my fingers.

HeyNiceCardigan said...

I love the mint, plus it reminds me of LOOOONG ago in the 1990s when Hard Candy pastel nail polishes were all the rage...

Anonymous said...

I've been hoping for a post like this :)

Mandee said...

that's interesting, those are not really the popular colors in Portland right now. I went to the salon last weekend and just told them to give me the most popular color and the painted them dark grey, almost blue! It seems to be what everyone is wearing around here. Maybe it is because our Spring starts so much later than other parts of the country!

Suzyn said...

What I always wear (when I wear it): ruby red! Goes with the rubies in my engagement ring!

Lemanie said...

Ooo I think I'm going to buy them all!! I love each one of those colors!! =) I have pink on right now!!

Lemanie's Randomness Blog

JM said...

Thank you for linking to that Mint color! I got that as a pedicure last summer and have been looking to buy it ever since, but have not had any luck finding it!

Amy Turman said...

I LOVE the orange and the mint. I've actually been wearing orange a lot this season.

xoxo,
mon amy

Kate said...

I've been going back and forth between essie's "turquoise and caicos" and chanel's "orange fizz." Both shades are so bright and happy. They provide just the right pop of color. But I'm definitely eyeing that mint...

goodnightstars said...

oooooh I love all of those colors! Right now, my fingernails are bare, but I'm going to paint them "Electrify" by China Glaze...it's in the Hunger Games collection and it's a gold/red glitter polish!

My toes are currently neon pink...quite a change from my usual berry color.

Sarah Carlson said...

I, too, have a great orangey color on my nails! This one has a great subtle pink undertone for an exotic vibe! Can't wait to change them to pale pink.

Katie Ann said...

I've got on "Orange Curacao" by OPI at the moment, but am wanting to try out a new pink I saw on a woman at the bakery the other day. :)

Katie

Nikki Shaw said...

love this post! i have versions of all these colors at home, so i'm excited to be "stylish" this year. :) currently, i've got mint on my toes and lavender on my hands!

Jane {In the Pink and Green} said...

I just got lavender at my last mani, and I loved how pretty it looked! Thanks for sharing! :)

Lux said...

Which one did you sister go with? I'm a clear girl myself. So boring.

The Slow Pace said...

I always try to risk with fancy colors... but I end up with pale pink, red or coral in summer. I'm not original... but those are my faves!

Sage Crown Parker said...

wo, this is the first time i've ever been on the hip train, LOL! I've got the mint on right now :)

BronsonBloopers said...

I'm definitely into the orange-red colors!

http://bronsonbloopers.blogspot.com

Bows and Sparrows said...

Right this minute I'm sporting Essie's "Capri" color on my fingers and toes. I'm also really partial to O.P.I.'s "Monsooner or Later." Both are really lovely orangish-red shades.

a western amily field guide said...

my toes are lilac. polish on my fingers makes me claustrophobic.

Quindome said...

I can't stop rocking Lollipop and Clambake by Essie. Orangeish red, I can't quit you! I do also like the lilac color though, but probably only for fingers, as it would make my super pale feet look like they were frostbitten!

Joanna Goddard said...

hi kathryn!! it was so nice to meet you :)

Joanna Goddard said...

JM, the mint is soooo awesome. and danni, thanks!!

Anonymous said...

Of those choices, I'm going with mint.

I also highly recommend Essie Turquoise and Caicos. It's not at ALL what I would normally wear (I've never worn anything that wasn't somehow pink or orange-based, other than pearl, even on my toes) but it's a great color. I put it on in February when I needed a pick-up and some a spring feeling, and it really cheered me up. (I actually felt a little rebellious in it, somehow. Maybe because I rarely wear color on my fingers at all.)

Anonymous said...

Just looked back at the comments and see I am not the first to recommend Turquoise and Caicos! It's readily-accessible where I live, but in New England most people don't wear nail polish.

Joanna Goddard said...

lux, my sister ended up choosing a very pale beige-y pink to match her skin tone, kind of like the "flesh polish" trend, which sounds creepy but actually looks great! :)

Joanna Goddard said...

Mandee, that's so fascinating! i wonder if polish trends are weather dependent. :)

Joanna Goddard said...

Mandee, that's so fascinating! i wonder if polish trends are weather dependent. :)

Anonymous said...

I bought that lavendar color from Essie and it turned pink on my toes and nails! They look tie dyed. None of my other Essie colors do that... It's so weird.

wir 2 in Bremen said...

I'm wearing this one these days... and I absolutely love it ;))

http://www.melaniemoe.blogspot.de/2012/03/wecker-430.html

StephV said...

Essie's Sand Tropez is my favorite lately for a nude polish...its amazing!

megan said...

Pastels, pastels, pastels <3 I love the very pale pink, the mint and the fuchsia. I am wearing coral at the moment and my latest purchase is a silver one.. like real silver, wonder how that will turn out :)

x Megan

melanie molloy said...

Love these, my mum let slip that she has ordered me a mint one for my birthday! Cannot wait to try it!

stephanie said...

I wear all three of the pastels all the time, but I'm dying over the orange-red trend right now. And I've never been a hot pink person but I'm thinking more and more about it :)

Violet Boutique said...

I love the colours for spring and Essie is my favorite. What do you think about the nail art trend? http://violetboutique.ca/2012/03/manicure-trends/

Kate said...

Wow, all these nail polish colours are just gorgeous! You picked well, Jo! But I definitely do love that lilac and pale blue colour a lot. And also the orange and red! Actually, all of them! x

Kate {Something Fabulous}
http://thesomethingfabulous.blogspot.com

Mariam said...

I love these colors! I'm wearing mint right now.

Jillian@TheHumbleGourmet said...

I actually have that EXACT same color of fuschia on right now! I guess I'm just a sucker for a trend ;-)

Alicia Marie said...

I am wearing bright orange with my ring finger painted a bright pink! Who says you can't color block your nails? Totally fun and not as obnoxious as it sounds :)

Publicists in Peplum said...

Perfect!! We're nail polish fiends.
www.publicistsinpeplum.blogspot.com

Votre Amie said...

Rockin some minty polish right now!!

www.iloveublank.blogspot.com

Katie said...

I tried to do mint, and it just did not work for me. Something about that color with my skin made my fingers look fat? Oh well. I love love the orange and pink!

That's Ms. Amy to You... said...

Orange is my go-to color for summer. It's such a fun pop of color, and makes me smile when I see it on my toes. I'm not a huge fan of pastels, but the pale pink. beige is always a classic, too.

LeSueurs said...

I totally appreciate this! The pale pink has always been a favorite of mine. Now I am super happy to know it is in!

Shannon said...

My toes are turquoise with a stripe of glitter and my fingers are dark purple. I love that bright pinky colour! I tried the pale colours a few months ago and they didn't work for me either. Maybe this summer with a tan :)

Amalia said...

I'm wearing a strong fuchsia color and love it. For the first time in my life I also use color on my toe nails (inspired by your orange nail polish photo on your toes) and have to say, I feel sexy ;)

I think I want to try orange next

Prêt-à-Penser said...

LAVANDER! :)

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liz said...

I can never decide! I have a mint, pink, grey and lavender combo at the moment with gold tips! Possibly a little too obsessed with nail polish :)I just posted an image of it: http://www.dressedfor2.blogspot.com.au/

danielle19 said...

just yesterday, i painted my fingernails orange, it's obvious, and my toes tour de finance. and my roommate use my mint candy apple to do her hands. apparently i am very on trend and didn't even know it!

kaela said...

not to brag but I've been wearing mint and lavender for the last few years haha...people always tell me "pastels would never look good with my skin color" glad people are jumping on board :)

not lisa said...

I'm a big fan of the frequent polish change. It's one of the quickest, cheapest and most painless ways to update your look.

Love the mint! That might be next on my list. This week I'm digging the beige.

Jenevieve said...

I also stood in front of the nail polish display a week ago debating which to choose for my toes. I ended up with a bright orange-red, but next time I'd like to go coral on my toes, mint on my fingers. Such fun colors this season!

Abby said...

Right now I have a pale pink on my nails! But they're desperately chipped and begging to be repainted, so I think I might go with a nice hot pink or mint green (or lavender, it's a great spring color!) I really just can't decide!

Chessa! said...

I have such a hard time choosing a color at the nail place that you'd think the decision was a matter of life and death. Seriously. I'm really loving all the pinks and bold red/oranges this season. Right now I have Pure Red from estee lauder on my hands. It's the perfect spring/summer red - it's just a bright and happy color and after last week's weather in NY it made me feel optimistic. I really like the pastels too. the lavender is so dreamy.

Melissa Blake said...

Pink all the way for me...my favorite color, hands down! xoxo

~ Dellah ~ said...

I'm planning on going with a minty color for my trip to Arizona, I'm wearing lots of coral and think the mint is a perfect pairing. I'm also really loving the lilac too! Usually i'm so indecisive i end up going with Opi's rainbow connection because its a sparkly mix of fab colours!

Maree said...

Love these colours! Especially the mint. Very cool- so soft.
My toes are fire engine red right now- I like bright colours on my toes.
My fingers don't have any polish...but I think that mint or soft pink could be just the ticket!

chelsea said...

Lovely! This being my first autumn in Australia, though, I don't know...do I wear the same colours as we head into winter that Northern Hemisphereans are wearing as they head into summer? Ahhh! Such problems I have :)

Thanks for the lovely layout. Love the polishes next to those beautiful flowers. I love the mint and the orangey-red myself...

Tara Galuska said...

I love nail polish! My finger nails are dark-dark berry with GIANT glitter over the top. Toe nails are alternating gold and silver.

dani press said...

i'm rocking coral right now, but LOVE the mint color! thanks for the tip! xo.

Haus and Home said...

Oh wow, so cool, your fave colors and their floral counterpart. I have a light purple on my toes now!

Lavender & Lace said...

I love the lavender!

lavenderandlaceblog.wordpress.com

Claire said...

I love how popular nail polishes are now! Especially since the colors are all so beautiful. Unfortunately my nails literally repel polish. I paint them, and they begin to chip by the end of the day. It's a curse!

Julia said...

I really love painting my nails, but I can't decide how they make me appear in a professional context! My job isn't die-hard serious, but I am young and I want to be seen as a professional. Do you have any advice?

(For example, I think coral, mint, or lilac would be too... girly for work? Ack! Whats a young woman in the workplace to do!)

holtkamp said...

i love these!

Anna said...

I want mint!
One good thing here in Lima is that manucures and pedicures are very affordable, so I keep changing colours all the time. Haven't found Essie here, where I usually get my nails done they use OPI.

Hannah B. said...

I have fallen in love with Essie's Lilac polish although I also adore the pale pink. It's the first time I've ever been able to wear a pale color without it being so shear you could see the nail underneath. Their polishes are just perfect!

Anonymous said...

I just did my toes! They're a dark blue background with painted white daisies, because daisies are the friendliest flowers.

rads said...

Currently I have the Essie Canyon Coral on my hands n toes.

Emily Lauren said...

i'm currently sporting the fuchsia, but i'd love to try mint!

Marissa said...

Orange-red has always been a fave of mine!

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Vanessa said...

My finger nails are currently light turquoise (Essie's Turks and Caicos) and toe nails are Fiji (Essie)--A Cup of Jo recommendation! I've also done at least 3 of these trend colours.

Natanya said...

My nails are mint :) they were orange a few days ago, funny how we pick up on trends without even noticing.

jenny said...

I've been wearing Essie's various pale pinks and nudes for a while now. They're lovely, and they're.. more forgiving of little chips, which is important now that I have two little ones and not as many visits to the salon.

Anonymous said...

Currently wearing "Baguette me not" by OPI (love their name choice!).
Em.

Miyan said...

i have bright ass pink polish on my fingernails & toes. i think this is the first time i have matched. i cant wait to try mint polish, too! =)

but seriously, why is it always so overwhelming to choose a polish color when at a salon?? i get this feeling too!

Miyan
www.miyan-overseas.blogspot.com

Kirsty - Belle Fantaisie said...

I'm wearing lavender with my ring finger light pink, so I guess I am on trend! Haha! Love the red/orange one too! x

Amy said...

I have Essie California Coral on my fingers and toes right now. I love it for spring and summer!

Olga @ MangoTomato said...

like you, I live on the East Coast (DC), and like your twin, my twin lives on the West Coast (Seattle). So I'm very familiar with texting and asking for advice when it comes to all things small and little ;)

I have that orange and love wearing it on my toes in the Summer.

Rachael said...

I am loving the bright red/orange colors right now. I just got Essie's Enuf is Enuf and I LOVE it. Super fun and makes me super excited for summer!

www.rachaelkhawkins.blogspot.com

Ali said...

Love all the fun and bright colors for Spring. Currently wearing yellow.

Teri B. said...

i find nail polish to be such a fun way to dip your toe into changing fashion trends. love.

teri
www.bockting.blogspot.com

zana said...

I love the mint one!

Ashley said...

I am funny, I never change my toe color- whatever is in style I don't ever care.
I always go with a orange/red.
To me it actually looks weird if I have another color on other than the orangey/red.

sara nelson said...

I love the orange but i have pale pink on my fingers and a bright hot pink on my toes

Carrie said...

I currently have shellac "Rubble" on my nails, which is kind of a dove gray. I like it a lot! My toes are dark purple. :)

KaileeC said...

I have to agree on the mint, such a nice color for Easter too! The orange is popping up everywhere right now!!

vintage honeybee said...

Sisters are the best. I love the springy colors.

Vintagehoneybee.blogspot.com

Bethany said...

I've been doing mint with charcoal gray in art deco type designs. Mixes it up and keeps people on their toes... which should be painted.

Olga @ MangoTomato said...

PS Just came back from mani/pedi: OPI's Kiss My Tulips on all nails and toes!

Brittany said...

i love mint and lavender on nails. my go-to summer color is coral but that orange looks fun

Maria @ Orchard Bloom said...

No way, you're a twin! I'm always excited to learn that people are twins because I am one myself!

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Chlöe Hughes said...

oooooo love your pretty nails!!!! please look at mine if you get a tick x o x o x o - http://hughesingg.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/top-spring-nail-varnishes.html

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