It's spring, but that doesn't mean you have to whip out the tweezers and glue dried flowers on your fingernails to feel seasonal. Top tip experts agree: this year, having a standout manicure is far from difficult to achieve.
"An easy way to update your mani for spring is to incorporate different colors and mixing up your accent nails," advises Steph Stone from Nailing Hollywood, who has worked with stars like Miley Cyrus, Ruby Rose and Kelly Osbourne. "Create an ombré by painting each nail a different shade in the same color tone or paint your pointer finger a different color instead of the typical ring finger as an accent nail."
(Nails/Photos by Steph Stone)
"For spring, I love combining a nude base with bright pops of color — think bright French tips or a nude to pastel gradient," says Chelsea King from Celestine Agency, who has created nail looks for A-listers like Katy Perry and Kate Bosworth." It’s perfect for those who love bright colors but need to keep things simple and less distracting!"
(Nails/Photos by Chelsea King)
King also suggests taking some time to give your winter nails some TLC: "The dry weather causes dry cuticles and nails suffer. To freshen up my nails for spring I like to trim them short to start fresh, and adding an iridescent shade is a great way to transition your nails from winter to spring and give them a healthy look."
"Start the new season with freshly manicured hands and you'll instantly feel like new," suggests Kim Truong, also of Celestine Agency, a manicurist who has painted showstoppers for the Jenner and Kardashian sisters. "Spring and pastel nail polish goes hand-in-hand, so ditch those vampy hues for lighter and brighter shades. Also freshen up your look by adding simple nail art to one or two nails. Get inspiration from the latest spring runways trends and try them out on your own nails. Update the classic French manicure by using a pastel shade instead of the usual white color. Try a half moon manicure with color blocking. Consider adding some bling to your spring with some sparkle or simple decals you can easily get your hands on. Experimenting with colors will freshen up your nails and also freshen up your mood!"
Last, but not least, don't forget your toes—it's sandal season, too! Truong has some smart tricks for prepping them after months of possible discoloration from dark winter polishes.
"A quick fix for slight discoloration is to buff it away using a 220 grit or higher nail buffer," she says. "For more serious stains try using lemon juice, as it is a natural bleaching agent. Simply cut half a lemon and rub it on each nail for 45 seconds and let it sit for a 30 minutes before rinsing. Remember to exfoliate, scrub those heels, and apply moisturizer to put your best foot forward for spring."
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