Spring 2011 Nail Trends

By Renee Mailhiot
With a new semester comes new trends, and while you can concentrate on scoring the best pair of boots to get you around campus or shopping around for the most chic messenger bag you can find, try something that can dress up your extremities – nail polish!

Not only is nail polish non-committal since you can change it with one swift motion of an acetone-soaked cotton ball, but most of the top of the line brands are perfect for a college girl’s budget.

One of the coolest, and easiest, nail trends to try is the “crackle” effect of black matte lacquer. OPI just released “Black Shatter,” a black top coat that can be layered over any dry polish and dries into a cracked, leopard-print-esque pattern. The polish was released with the collaboration collections from Serena Williams and Katy Perry’s lines. I especially want to get my hands on it and try layering it over China Glaze “Cheers to You,” a metallic foil silver shimmer. It’s a definite trend-setting look, so any edgy fashionistas will want to get their hands on this.

Apparently Chanel is still setting the nail polish bar pretty high; on the heels from the coveted “Jade” and popular “Nouvelle Vague,” comes a series of light blues and teals, but with more of a  dusty feel. The best part about these subdued pastels? You can wear them now to truly give into  your winter blues, or save them for spring break vacays in March and April. While people have  been buzzing about Chanel “Riva,” I prefer China Glaze “Sea Spray” and Revlon “Minted.”

For those of you who prefer more of a minimalist nail look, subdued shades like dove grey and soft pink were all over spring 2011 runways last fall. Try China Glaze “Pelican Gray,” Chanel “Jade Rose,” or Sally Hansen Hard as Nails “Toffee,” for nice, neutral nails that won’t compete with your  Friday night outfit.

For those of you who are really budget-conscious this semester, head to your nearest Walgreen’s to snag $1.99 bottles of one of my favorite cheap brands, Sinful Colors. My favorite shades? Mermaid-worthy “Gorgeous,” glitzy “Frenzy,” and copper-toned “China Gold.”

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