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Nails are a uniquely exciting beauty accessory because unlike a lipstick or hair color that people notice immediately, our hands aren't necessarily the first thing anyone sees. For this reason, experimenting with different nail trends is less risky than other beauty trends. It's less an obligation to try a new nail color than a new hair color. That's why nails are the safest ways to get things itchy to change things in your beauty look.
Every new season brings with it different nail color and design trends, and this spring is no different. To find out exactly what everyone wanted in a few weeks, we approached Sarah Gibson Tuttle, founder and CEO of Olive & June (one of the most popular nail salons in LA), to tell us about the biggest spring nail trends. From gorgeous pastel ombrés to cool negative space manis, below are the seven spring nail trends that are going to blow up – and you'll probably want to experiment with. Keep scrolling to get your ultimate spring 2020 nails guide.
"Light pastels are the new neutrals," says Gibson Tuttle. Leave your beige and nude tones behind this spring to get something with a little more personality. Pastels complement each other just as well as neutral ones, but feel a little funnier for the new season.
Gibson Tuttle boldly states that "Sheers are the perfect Instagram filter for your nails," and by that she means that what's natural there just feels a little more polished. From files that are barely visible to transparent topcoats, this trend emphasizes the natural color of your nails.
"Spring is about entering a pastel-colored ombré world," explains Gibson Tuttle. Last year we saw rainbow nails and neutral ombrés explode in the scene, and this year we see the same trend through a pastel lens. Try painting each nail in a different pastel shade and watch the compliments.
"We can't wait for the double mani to come back with a French tip," says Gibson Tuttle. Try an unexpected color combination for a modern twist on classic French lace.
"We love a mani with negative space," says Gibson Tuttle. "Try a crescent moon or pastel triangle tip to freshen it up." This is an interesting way to create nail designs with only one color and the space of your nail. From triangles to diamonds to subtle crescents on the cuticle, a mani with negative space should be on your radar for spring.
"We love the floral 90s moment that's just happening for spring and we want it on our nails," says Gibson Tuttle. "Try to keep the base of the nails simple, and then add a few hand-drawn daisies on a few fingers. Or add a nail art sticker for a DIY option."
"We are inspired by our favorite jewelry brands (Hi, Jennifer Meyer! Our new pink lavender polish is named after her!) And integrate subtle metallic stripes on our manis," says Gibson Tuttle. A little bit of metallic instantly highlights any color you combine it with.
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