Biggest Nail Trends for Spring 2012

One of the biggest beauty trends of the last couple of years is the increase in at-home manicures. More women are ditching the pricey salon prices and getting creative at home.

But even if you do prefer the look of a professional manicure, what are the colors that everyone will be wearing this year? What are the new nail trends on the horizon?

  • The Hunger Games 1 of 16
    The Hunger Games
    The "Colours From The Capitol" Hunger Games collection from China Glaze will be released the day before the movie is set to be released.
    Pre-order all 12 colors at Amazing Beauty for $39.95 (or $3.95 each), expected March 1, 2012.
  • Dior Vernis Garden Party 2 of 16
    Dior Vernis Garden Party
    These new colors from Dior aren't only pretty to look at, but they actually smell like roses. And the pastel green (waterlily) and lilac (forget-me-not) are on trend with Spring 2012 fashion.
    Buy from Nordstrom, $23 each.
  • Nail Rock 3 of 16
    Nail Rock
    The newest nail adhesive, Nail Rock comes in a variety of fun patterns that can be trimmed to the size of your nails.
    Buy from Nordstrom, $8.
  • Jet Set Resort Collection 4 of 16
    Jet Set Resort Collection
    The new Le Métier de Beauté collection (curated by Neiman Marcus Fashion Director Ken Downing) features brightly pigmented colors, perfect for spring and summer. You can expect it at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman later this month for $18 - $32.
    Read more at The Daily Obsession.
  • RGB Blonde On Blonde 5 of 16
    RGB Blonde On Blonde
    LA-based nail polish line RGB is coming out with their new spring collection this February, featuring vintage-like pale hues. (Expect even more spring colors in March.)
    Read more in the Stylist.
  • Tom Ford Beauty Nail Lacquer 6 of 16
    Tom Ford Beauty Nail Lacquer
    Allure called the new Tom Ford Nail Lacquer collection a "breath of fresh air" after all of the crazy nail trends lately. Coming in an array of wearable colors, the high-quality formula is as beautiful as it is pricey.
    Buy from Nordstrom, at a whopping $30 each.
  • Chanel Spring 2012 7 of 16
    Chanel Spring 2012
    Nail polish enthusiasts will be excited to see the three new Chanel shades: April, May, and June. Classic and universally flattering, these shades are perfect for your colllection.
    Buy them from Chanel, $26 each.
  • Nails Inc. Neon 8 of 16
    Nails Inc. Neon
    The new neons of the season include a neon orange Portobello (shown) and a neon pink Notting Hill Gate.
    Coming to Sephora in March 2012.
  • Butter London Spring/Summer 2012 Collection 9 of 16
    Butter London Spring/Summer 2012 Collection
    Butter London (which uses no formaldehyde, DBP, or toluene) has four brand new colors. We especially love the opaque pistachio green (Bossy Boots) and opaque cantaloupe (Trout Pout) colors.
    Buy from Nordstrom, $14 each.
  • Nicki Minaj for OPI 10 of 16
    Nicki Minaj for OPI
    OPI's newest collection (out this month) features a lot of on-trend colors — including bold teal and lime green, glitter formulas, bubblegum pink, and a shatter top coat (for a graffiti look).
    Hitting shelves this month, $8.50 each.
  • Sally Hansen Salon Effects Valentine’s Day 2012 11 of 16
    Sally Hansen Salon Effects Valentine's Day 2012
    The Sally Hansen nail polish strips were a big hit in 2011, so they're coming out with a special Valentine's Day 2012 collection — with hearts, words, and festive designs.
    Available in drugstores February 2012, $9.99 each.
  • YSL La Laque Manucure Couture Duos 12 of 16
    YSL La Laque Manucure Couture Duos
    YSL's newest Spring 2012 collection comes in two duo sets: mint green and chocolately brown, or bubble gum pink and tangerine orange. Green and orange are both major spring 2012 trends.
    Buy from YSL, $30 for two
  • Essie Spring Collection 2012 13 of 16
    Essie Spring Collection 2012
    Essie is going bold and bright for their spring collection. Once again, orange makes an appearance.
    Nordstrom, $8
  • OPI Holland Collection 14 of 16
    OPI Holland Collection
    OPI's soon-to-launch Spring 2012 collection includes a lot of trendy colors, like a light sea green (Thanks a WindMillion), hot pink (Kiss Me on My Tulips), and a bright orange (A Roll in The Hague).
    Read more at Addicted To Lipstick.
  • Orly Cool Romance 15 of 16
    Orly Cool Romance
    Orly (one of my personal favorites) is coming out with a collection of muted, almost dusty colors — on trend with Spring 2012. All Orly nailpolishes are free of DBP, formaldehyde, and toluene.
    Available later this month.
  • Iris Apfel for MAC Nail Lacquer 16 of 16
    Iris Apfel for MAC Nail Lacquer
    Released a couple of weeks ago, this MAC collaboration with icon Iris Apfel includes three new nail shades: a bright orange/coral, a bright blue fuchsia, and a creamy pale stone beige.
    Buy from MAC, $15 each.

You’ll notice these Spring 2012 trends throughout the collections:

1. Green. A creamy light green, to be exact. You’ll recognize it as pistachio, sea foam, and mint greens.

2. Bright orange. Considering the Pantone Color of the Year 2012 is Tangerine Tango, this comes at no surprise.

3. Bold Brights. 2012 is taking a step away from eye-blinding neons and moving toward mod brights. A blue-toned fuchsia is really popular for Spring 2012.

4. Pastels. In addition to the creamy opaque green color, you’ll find other muted colors like lavender, pink, and butter yellow.

5. Nail adhesives. Stick-on polish isn’t a thing of 2011. Expect to see more collections popping up.

6. Glitter. Another nail trend to follow us into 2012, glitter nails will continue to be wearable well past the holidays.

7. Nude nails. You’ll see a variety of skin-colored polishes this year — from fair beige to darker brown.

8. Star-studded collections. Starting with OPI’s Muppet collection from back in December, you’ll see more entertainment-related collaborations — like The Hunger Games movie and Nicki Minaj.



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