Top 5 spring nail trends to try now

By: Julia McEwen

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Top 5 spring nail trends to try now

By: Julia McEwen
We love watching the runways each season for the latest in nail colours and nail art from the pros. These five spring nail trends caught our eye this time around.

Spring nail trends - Matching lips and nails
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Trend: Matching lips and tips

As much as we appreciate kooky nail art and out-there nail-polish hues, there’s something darn alluring about matching your lips and tips. The trend first emerged in the 1950s; colour matching your lipstick and nail lacquer was a sign of sophistication. At the time, the most popular shades were glossy reds, powdery pinks and tawny corals.
For Zac Posen’s spring collection, models marched down the runway with ladylike crimson nails and lips. The red nails were inspired by the dynamic red in both the collection and on the lips, says M.A.C pro Keri Blair, putting matching lips and tips back on the map for 2015.

M.A.C Studio Nail Lacquer in Shirelle, $14, M.A.C Lip Pencil in Cherry, $19,

Spring nail trends - watercolour nail art
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Trend: The watercolour technique
An over-stuffed bouquet in soft focus was how M.A.C pro Keri Blair described the colourful nails she created for Desigual’s spring 2015 show. Think this looks complicated? We admit it may take you a wee bit longer than a basic mani, but it’s well worth it. After you apply your base coat, paint on two coats of white polish; this will give you a blank canvas to work on.Then choose three to five other polishes and start to randomly—and lightly—dab onto each nail. Once you’ve reached your desired effect, seal in the goodness with a top coat.

CND Vinylux Weekly Nail Polish in Cream Puff, $12, Essie in Bikini So Teeny, $10, Formula X The Colors in Lilac Indigo, $13, M.A.C Studio Nail Lacquer in Impassioned, $14, Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish in Lemon Heaven, $11,

Spring nail trends - nude nail art
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Trend: Natural nails

There’s no such thing as one shade fits all—especially when it comes to nude polish—but this OPI lacquer used on models’ nails at the Reem Acra show gets close. Behold one of the most popular shades of all time: Bubble Bath. This soft, creamy pink has just the right balance of opaqueness and sheerness.

OPI Nail Lacquer in Bubble Bath, $11.50,

Negative space nail art
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Trend: Negative-space manicure
We love a good moon manicure, but this negative space mani is a new and creative spin on the classic. Nail artist Miss Pop was the lead for OPI backstage at the Charlotte Ronson spring show. She was inspired by Ronson’s fresh colour palette and the use of circles found in the collection. The cutouts alternate on each nail, almost tricking the brain by creating an optical illusion.

OPI Nail Lacquer in Hula-rious, $11.50,

Black-and-white nail art
Image courtesy of Essie Canada

Trend: Graphic black and white
Essie Canada's lead nail artist, Rita Remark, created the graphic nails seen at the Rudsak show at World Master Card Fashion—a.k.a. Toronto Fashion Week. She put a twist on the popular white manicure (one of last summer's biggest shades) by applying Essie's Licorice down the middle of the nail. This linear mani gives graphic nail art charm while visually elongating short nail beds. 
Essie in Blanc, $10, Essie in Licorice , $10,

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Top 5 spring nail trends to try now