Spring is finally here, and with it comes a new palette of colors to dominate the season’s fashions and, of course, nail polishes. But the hue that reigned supreme on the catwalks wasn’t your typical warm-weather vivid pink or hot yellow; instead, the shade du jour, lavender, spoke quiet volumes—whether dusty and delicate (as seen at Max Mara) or brilliant and luminescent (as seen at Tom Ford). The sublime pastel, a toned-down variation of 2018 Pantone Color of the Year Ultra Violet, seems poised to knock millennial pink off of its pedestal, giving nail art lovers a shade they can partner with a slew of quirky hues to create manicure designs that serve up seriously on-trend beauty. Here, we pair spring’s freshest lavender polish picks with catwalk-approved colors and, with the help of resident NAILPRO nail artist Sigourney Nuñez, craft simple nail art designs that dare you to experiment with lavender.
Whisper-soft and cool, this hue buddies beautifully with an offbeat palette of colors—think: cognac, aqua, kelly green, teal and maroon.
Warm in tone, this hue harmonizes with other neutral shades, like muted gray, blush, tan and sparkling cream, and makes a monochromatic impact with Pantone’s Ultra Violet.
As vivid as it is calming, this bright pastel plays the perfect partner to a gamut of colors, like hot pink, like-minded orchid, punchy peach, inky black and sandy beige.
What do you think of the lavender nail looks? Let us know in the comments below!
Guest artist Sigourney Nuñez is the digital content manager for NAILPRO and a nail tech in Los Angeles.
-by Karie L. Frost
[Images: fashion from Getty Images, nail art from Brooks Ayola]