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Springs’s Perfect Accessory: Colorful Nails

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Nail polish brings out the artist in everyone, and I think a bold nail polish is a perfect (and budget-friendly) spring accessory! To pull off the trend all you need is some nail-spiration and a few pointers.

1. Get some inspiration

Checkout for their Spring Fashion Color Report.

Pinterest and Instagram have a ton of images nail polish images from perfectly painted solids to elaborate DIY nails. One of my favorite nail art instagramers is @sfpartynails, a San Francisco-based nail artist who hosts pop-up polish parties!

A. Vermillionaire by Essie

B. Cheeky Chops by Butter London

C. via @sfpartynails

D. On The Beach by Deborah Lippmann

E. Butler Please by Essie  via

F. Pink by RGB

G. Ivy League by Ginger+Liz

H. Bond With Whomever by Essie  via

I. Really Red by Essie

2. Don’t be a hoarder

Once opened the quality of the polish will diminish after 2-3 years so don’t forget to replace old bottles. (Click here to find out the proper way to dispose of old nail polish)

3. Buy a buffer

Do yourself a favor and start your spring mani with a clean even canvas. Base coats will also help to prime your nails before you lay down your color.

4. Get comfortable

Sit at a table and try resting your painting hand on a higher surface like a book so that you hand remains steady.

5. Choose quality

Highly pigmented polishes work best for making designs or patterns because fewer coats are needed to show the color contrast. Butter London is a perfect example of a highly pigmented opaque polish brand.

6. Keep a polish remover pen and/or pads on hand

This way, you’ll be able to clean up any mistakes/remove excess polish from the skin around your nails quickly and easily.

The best part of freshly painted nails is sharing them! Share your nail looks or other tips below.