I think nail polish runs a close second to lipstick as an awesome beauty buy! It looks good on women of every size and body type; it’s a relatively inexpensive way to update your style; and it adds a little, well, polish to your overall look. Bottom line, it’s an easy way to make a big style statement. Today I’m running down the top five nail color trends right now.
Nail polish was first seen in China as early as 3000 B.C. and was even used in ancient Egypt as a way to denote class rankings. (The lower class wore nude polish, while the upper class wore red.) In more modern times, trends in nail color have often been popularized by celebrities, like the sweet pale pink color Meghan Markle wore when she announced her engagement to Prince Harry. For more information on any of the colors I reference below, click the pink links in the text which will take you to a collection. Look through the collection to find the shade I mentioned. If you’d rather, you can just scroll through the image widgets below each trend and click on the images for details.
The color of the year is a fresh, fun way to update your look. Butter London actually landed the coveted collaboration with Pantone for the official “Color of the Year” nail polish, called “Misty Lilac“. It’s beautiful! If you like this color palette, here are three to try: Smith & Cult Exit the Void, Essie Mirage 3, and Butter London Fancy.
2. Ocean Blue
If you’re a lover of the color blue, you have great options in a variety of hues this year. I particularly love OPI Do You See What I Sea. If you want to wear a bold blue, opt for something like Nars Night Out or OPI Closer Than You Might Belem (which is a blue-green that reminds me of the Caribbean) If you’re looking for a more sedate blue, try Deborah Lipmann Message in a Bottle.
Probably due to the excitement over the upcoming royal wedding, pastel nail colors are huge this year. In fact, the Queen herself will not wear anything but Essie Ballet Slippers, which she has favored since 1989! No matter what pastel shade you favor, you’ll find gorgeous options this year. Like blue? Try Butter London Candy Floss. Love green? Try Nars Thasos. Got a thing for yellow? Try OPI One Chic Chick. If you love pastels, but can’t decide on the shade, I think the Butter London Palace Pastels Collection of four polishes is a great option.
4. Pinks & Whites
If you’re like me and you love pinks in the spring and summer, then you’ll love Jin Soon Love or the darker Dior Mirage. If you want something really young and fresh this year, go for a white polish like the sheer Smith & Cult Sugarette or Yves Saint Laurent Blanc Arty. In my recent photo shoot, I wore an inexpensive Sally Hansen white shade called Multiple Color.
5. Primary Colors
As I told you in my Spring & Summer Style Trends post, bold Crayola colors are having a moment. No matter which Crayola color in the box is your favorite, you’ll find it in a nail polish this year. My favorite might be Yves Saint Laurant Red Lights. It’s a bold red with metallic flecks throughout.
Nail polish is such an affordable and easy way to keep your style fresh and updated. What’s your go-to nail color going to be this year? Do you favor the soft pastels or the Crayola palette? Let me know!
P.S. On a completely unrelated note, I just had to be a good gal pal and let you know about a rare, site-wide sale at Shopbop (20% off any size purchase under $500, 25% off $500+) for the next three days only! What’s Shopbop? One of the Amazon brands (so, free PRIME shipping), Shopbop offers a wide-ranging, hand-picked collection of apparel and accessories for women from the most popular contemporary and designer labels. We’re talking CURRENT in-store merchandise by designers like Tory Burch, Kate Spade, Sam Edelman, Rebecca Minkoff, Coach, and more! (Check for your favorite brand/designer HERE.)They also have a men’s site, called East Dane, and the same sale applies to that site as well. (Think ahead for Mother’s/Father’s Day, as well as graduation or upcoming family birthdays!) Click HERE to go straight to the Shopbop site.