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The Prettiest Nail Polish Trends

Updated on October 12, 2016
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Who doesn't like pretty nails?

A woman's love for shoes is well known, but what about the beauty of those feet inside the shoes? The finishing touch for a pedicure, the toes peeking out from sandals, and otherwise unadorned feet on the beach all deserve a little attention that comes from pretty polish.

Top Trends for Spring

In spring and summer those sandals shod or otherwise bare feet are on full display.

FOR fall/winter

During the winter season, hands take center stage with bling, deep color, contrasts, and matte looks..

What colors are trendy? Which ones are classic? Nothing is easier to change and experiment with than nail polish.

So I thought I'd gather together a few of the (probably) thousands of choices available.

Whether you give yourself a home pedicure, or book a professional salon, these are the colors and looks to get for this year.

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Trendy Colors

What's The Newest Fashion?

For 2016, gray and metal have gone to chrome. Ombre is taking the Pantone duo of Serenity blue and Rose quartz and mixed them one into the other. Yellow appears for spring.

Going into fall, matte looks and geometrics with bling are on trend. Take the ombre idea and make it matte with your fav wardrobe colors.


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2015...

There are always seasonal changes, deeper colors for fall/winter and lighter ones for spring/summer, but what about fashion forward trends?

The buzz: BLUES are big. For 2015, it was cobalt, specifically. Freshen up your blues with this strong color that fairly sings (like a bluebird?). It will make you feel happy.


Autumnal shades are also a beautiful look. Try them in sheers or marbled looks.

Then there is the true gray color that has the same effect as the Gothic black (which is still popular), but looking newer.

For Spring?

Look for pinks, gray and neutrals, pastels on a sheer base for an almost nude look.


found on topteny.com
found on topteny.com | Source

Lots Of Matte Look

Some say adding eye shadow or cornstarch to polish gives you the effect. For 2016, it is back to black

Tantalized? Look at all the newest looks:

2016 Top Ten


  1. Navy with sparkles
  2. Milky white, Creamy Beige opaques
  3. Unusual French Nail Colors
  4. Nail art.
  5. Silver Metallics
  6. Apple Red
  7. Seafoam Green
  8. Glitter
  9. Gloss finishes
  10. Geometric and Abstract designs

Keep the Navy, Get Edgier With the Art

Found on wewomen.com: this deep blue was popular for 2015. Update the design with vintage or geometric asymmetry.
Found on wewomen.com: this deep blue was popular for 2015. Update the design with vintage or geometric asymmetry. | Source

Past Looks, Which Will Stay?

How it looks in 2016:

Gorgeous Red takes on a pure red apple look.

Nail Art goes to the art museums for abstracts, 3D, and geometrics.

Nudes with flat beige.

Marbled went to "Oil Slick".

Compare this years spring looks with the slightly weird stuff of 2014

For 2015: Gorgeous Red.... Dreamy Creamsicle Orange.... Super Natural.... Ballet Pink....

Get the picture? Classic reds, chic corals, soft pastels, and nudes are 2012's colors. For 2013, the reds are tempered with art effects: half moon, racing stripes, and blood dripping art.

Get with 2015 and use sheer colors, tribal or marbled painted look. Or sophisticated gold stripe across every nail.

Nudes which are strongly blush pink and milk white, nail art.

Black is still strong ...Pearl effects ...Skin matching ...Racing Stripes ... the verdict is IN.

New Looks

Pantone's color of the year: Rose Quartz

Blues are navy.

Grays are charcoal.

Greens are seafoam.

Reds are apple.

Matte is Strong for 2016/17

DKNY matte nails
DKNY matte nails | Source

Green Tips

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French Manicure - Is Back! But Different

The look of a French Manicure is classic and elegant. A natural colored nail with a white tip that is given a satin glaze.


The History

Some stories tell it that Max Factor invented today's "French Manicure" in the 1930s for Hollywood stars. It is one of the most requested nail designs.

This polish style had fallen out of favor with fashionistas, and the natural nail or black nail replaced it. The variation of the "American nail" with an off-white tip is considered more fashionable than stark white tips, today. And this is the basic way it has re-emerged.

For some, it was always be the favorite choice, and they will be happy this year. The newest ways to use a French nail look is with the edge stripe in pastels of green, blue, or pink. Fantastic art effects can also be found. Like so.


In 2016

It takes a new tack: tips are done in color. Emerald green made an appearance...

Give yourself a manicure?

The Frugal Way To Be Fashionable


Gather together:

  • Pack of cotton balls
  • Paper towels / Makeup removal pads
  • Nail polish remover
  • Nail polish
  • Emery board
  • Nail trimmer
  • Cuticle remover

Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter by LUSH
Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter by LUSH

LUSH has some of the most delicious products that are good for you and smell heavenly.

 

  1. Soak hands in warm soapy water
  2. Remove Nail Polish
  3. Trim your nails
  4. File your Nails
  5. Remove Cuticles
  6. Apply 2 Coats Nail Polish
  7. Apply Lotion

Keep your cuticles cared for - These are the best beauty buys for nails

Reading the advice of top manicure experts, you will no doubt come across recommendations for the best nail care products. The implements and time saving ways to keep your nails in top form. Take some time to look over these selected nail care products for gift ideas or to give your own nails the care they deserve.

I especially like the Sephora cuticle pen.

Sanitation Is Important

At home, but especially when using a salon, remember to keep implements clean and sanitized for good foot health.

Best way to Accessorize?

Cute manicures and pedicures!

photo by Multiple fragments of tissue
photo by Multiple fragments of tissue

When was the last time you had your nails done?

Maybe its time to get a pretty pedicure

Maybe you are like me and tend to forget about your nails until there is a special event... like a wedding or a vacation where you will wear sandals, and you think, "Oh no, I need to do something for my nails!" But with all the pretty nail polish colors available, and the relaxing experience of a pedicure or a manicure, maybe it is time to put an appointment with a salon on your schedule a little more often. It isn't a big thing, or an expensive thing, but the time spent grooming and painting your nails can add a little good feeling into your day.

More than just a chance to pamper yourself, it can be a part of your health regimen. Cleaning with proper cutting and clipping of the nails can prevent ingrown toenails and infections. This is doubly important if you suffer from a condition like diabetes. If you opt for the professional pedicure or manicure, a massage is often included which improves the blood circulation.

Probably the most important concern is not the choice of a pretty polish color, but of the sanitation practices of the salon. You can always bring your own polish color, but the conditions of the facility is far more important for the health of your feet.

Blue - Can still be found, but the newest trend is Navy

photo by rks71794
photo by rks71794

Pretty Colors From OPI

Love their colors, their quality, but admitting that their whimsical color names have something to do with it,too!

Look for blushy pinks, matte neutrals, and bold metallics

Try their "local" color collections: Hawaii, San francisco, New Orleans...

Best Colors in a Mini Collection

OPI Hawaii Mini, 0.125 Ounce
OPI Hawaii Mini, 0.125 Ounce

No need for a big bite out of your budget when you want to experiment with the trends in nail color.

Small sizes of polish give clear opportunity to try out a look before spending money.

Prettiest summer colors including trends of the right red and the new green.

 

Vintage Trends through the Years

Polished with Color or Natural? - Which manicure would you opt for?

Which do you think is better? polished or natural nails?

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      How to Manicure Your Nails

      When Only Sexy Deep Red Will Do - A dark red nail may be the classic sultry look

      Oxblood is still IN. You might want to step up the brightness to an Apple red for summer and in keeping with the latest fashion looks.

      What if you want to go lighter, but still give your nails a rich color? The color of the year is "Rose Quartz", which is a dusty pink. Consider giving it some glitter or opal effect.

      A color that will take you far this summer is the new beige or a charcoal gray.

      Take a look at your wardrobe colors and pick a trend that is a versatile harmony with the colors you will be wearing this summer.

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