| Back to Nature Nudes —Nude-as-naked nails look refreshingly demure, yet provocative. Make sure your polish comes in a high-gloss formula so you don't end up looking like you have mannequin hands.|
Above, from left: Karen Walker Spring 2011 image via CND; Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Naked, $16, available in mid-January at Deborah Lippmann; Essie Nail Polish in Sand Tropez, $8, available in February at Essie.
|Lovely in Lavender—Purple nails are our secret weapon. Dusty purples, saturated lavenders, and shiny heliotropes look great with most skin tones.Above, from left: Nicholas K Spring 2011 image courtesy of Dashing Diva/Eric Yu; Estee Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Violet Diva, $19, available in March at Estee Lauder; Priti NYC Nail Polish in Geisha Girl, $12.50, available at Priti NYC.|
|Gun-Metal Grays—Don't forget about those metallics! Give your digits the full metal treatment with pearlescent polishes. The future is now!|
Above, from left: Chanel Le Vernis in Black Pearl, $25, available at Chanel; M.A.C. Champale Nail Polish in Very Important Platinum, $13, available at M.A.C.; 3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2011 image courtesy of CND.
|The Can't-Miss Topcoats—Give your polish an extra edge with a striking top coat that cracks over your color; one that adds a slick, holographic shimmer; or one that adds a gilded layer of nude shimmer.|
Above, from left: Chanel Pearl Drop, $25, available at Chanel; CND Copper Shimmer, $9, available at ENail Supply; CND Perfectly Barely Shimmer, $20 (with Perfectly Bare Colour), available in March at CND; OPI Topcoat in Shatter, $8.50, available in January, visit OPI.com for locations.
|The Blues Clues—Whether it's Robin's Egg or Tiffany's Box, this pale blue shade has got "Spring" written all over it.|
Above, from left: Nicholas K Spring 2011 image courtesy of Dashing Diva/Eric Yu; Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Barracuda, $6.99, available in February at drugstores nationwide; Priti NYC in Forget Me Not, $12.50, available at Priti NYC.
|Peachy-Keen Pink—Need a polish that'll make your tan shine? This is it, ladies.|
Above, from left: Dior Nail Vernis in Pink Boa, $21, available at Nordstrom; Priti NYC Nail Polish in September Charm, $12.50, available at Priti NYC; Behnhaz Sarafpour Spring 2011 image courtesy of CND.
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