"Pick a color." If those three words tend to put you in a panic at the nail salon, take a deep breath and step away from the polish wall. Instead, take cues for your next manicure from the raddest color trends coming out of L.A. Think: bright pinks and reds, bespoke nudes, and tons of chrome — all hand-picked by the leaders in nail trends.
The first pro we consulted is Sarah Gibson Tuttle, the boss behind
Olive & June: our city's coolest nail salon chain with locations in Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and Pasadena. We've swooned about this salon a lot — and for good reason. It is the spot for locals to score a cool-girl manicure in the newest shades, shapes, and designs around. ( The proof is in the 'grams.)
Of course, we didn't stop there: We also consulted
Nailing Hollywood, L.A.'s renowned nail agency, owned by celeb nail artist Jenna Hipp, which represents some of the top celebrity manicurists on the West Coast. These are the woman who start the nail trends that sweep the red carpet long before they make it to the masses.
These pros know their trends — and they're sharing the latest, ahead.
Nudes That Match Your Skin Perfectly Warm, opaque, creamy beige was the neutral for 2016 in L.A. — but this year our experts are predicting nudes that are truly that: "I'll use pretty much any nude that matches my client's skin exactly," celeb nail artist Whitney Gibson says, adding "L.A. is full of nudists," with a laugh. The best strategy to get in on the trend? Hit the salon or store and start swatching. Those with medium skin tones may prefer this shade from Marc Jacobs. Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Polish in 158 Madame, $18, available at Sephora.
Olive & June's owner Sarah Gibson-Tuttle agrees, adding Deborah Lippmann's Fashion as one of her favorite picks. "This one is a classic," she says. Those with fair skin may love it, too.
Deborah Lippmann Iconic Treatment-Enriched Nail Polish in Fashion, $18, available at Net-a-Porter.
Reina Santos says that the company's own polish shade Cork has been a top request among her celeb clients — a warm, peachy beige that will check this trend's box for those with light to medium skin tones. Nailing Hollywood Nail Polish Cork, $9.99, available at Harmon Face Values.
This option from Black Up is a great lead for those hunting for a hue perfect for dark to deep complexions. But again, finding the perfect match will likely take some swatching.
Tip: Essie, OPI, and RGB offer the greatest variety of nude shade ranges. Black Up Nail Lacquer in Nude Light Brown, $12.50, available at Sephora.
This caramel beige has a warmth that's perfect for medium to dark skin tones.
Smith & Cult Nail Polish in Feathers & Flesh, $18, available at Smith & Cult.
Finally, we have this best seller from Tom Ford, a shade that celeb nail artist
Pilar Noire says is her top neutral shade request from L.A.-based clients. Santos also notes that matte nudes will have a huge moment, so break out those mattifying topcoats. Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in Mink Brule, $36, available at Nordstrom; Opi Matte Top Coat, $10, available at Ulta Beauty.
Non-Traditional Neutrals Forget your go-to charcoal or greige — our experts predict that grays with lilac undertones will be huge for 2017. "This color is divine," Gibson-Tuttle says, noting that it's the perfect alternative to a classic, light pink manicure, thanks to "a hint of lavender that clients adore." Read: Non-boring, but still a neutral. OPI Nail Polish in Don't Bossa Nova Me Around, $9, available at OPI.
This color looks purple in the bottle, but on the nail it's a gorgeous lavender-based gray.
Essie Cashmere Matte Nail Color in Coat Couture, $9, available at Dermstore.
This dusty pink shade has hints of grey and lavender undertones — and looks dreamy against any skin tone.
Jin Soon Nail Polish in Moxie, $18, available at Jin Soon.
Santos says that "muted grays" are going to be huge in 2017. Pick one with a cool undertone, like this one from Essie, and you're covered.
Essie Cuddle With Color Fall Collection Nail Color in Chinchilly, $9, available at Dermstore.
If you're looking for something with a big more edge, try this moody gray from Nails Inc. The gel-like finish lasts longer than traditional polish, too.
NAILS INC. Nail Polish Fuelled By Charcoal in Spencer Street, $15, available at Sephora.
Matte nudes aren't the only shine-free trends coming down the pike — Santos says that matte black is one of the most requested looks she gets from L.A. clients, and it's not slowing down.
Wet n Wild Wild Shine Matte Nail Color in Black Crème, $1, available at Jet.
Gibson-Tuttle says that she's seen a major uptick in black of late, as well. "Black is always in, but these past few months it's felt more relevant than ever," she explains. The evidence is mounting: The salon's been turning out
half-dips, designed, and classic renditions. Her top inky pick? This Essie hue. Essie Nail Polish in Licorice, $9, available at Essie.
Shades Of Blue Gibson's on-trend pick for 2017 is this vibrant hue, a cheery shade that will have you feeling blue — in the best way. Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in 665 Vibrato, $34, available at Chanel.
Prefer something softer? "This color has been popular for almost a year — and it continues to be a rockstar," Gibson-Tuttle says. (It's also the exact color shown in the half-moon manicure at the beginning of this story.)
CND Vinylux Weekly Polish in 183 Creekside, $10.50, available at Loxa Beauty.
This vibrant blue is perfect for sitting poolside.
Floss Gloss Nail Lacquer in Wavepool, $8, available at Floss Gloss.
Chrome In Every Color All three of our nail artists predict that chrome will continue to reign supreme in 2017 — but open the gates for shades of gold and rose gold chrome, too. The look is easy to achieve at the salon, or hack the look with this multi-color lacquer. Color Club Over the Moon, $9.50, available at Beauty Bar.
Want to get ahead of the chrome curve? "My top trend pick for 2017 is
rose gold chrome," Santos says. This polish will help get you there. Essie Mirror Metallics Nail Polish Collection in Penny Talk, $9, available at Ulta Beauty.
Bold Pinks & Reds The future is looking bright — in shades of red and pink, that is. "My forecast for 2017 is rich, bright pinks, like Dior's Front Row," Noire says. Dior Vernis in 769 Front Row, $27, available at Dior.
This shimmery Essie shade is a great drugstore alternative.
Essie Nail Color in Super Bossa Nova, $9.99, available at Walmart.
Noire also notes that vibrant reds are en vogue in L.A. — and the trend will continue into 2017. Her most-requested red is this classic, bright shade from Chanel.
Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in 500 Rouge Essentiel, $28, available at Nordstrom.
OPI's I Stop For Red is a vibrant, can't-look-away version of the trend we love. If you've been wearing it on your toes, try it for a manicure this year — and prep for all the compliments.
OPI Nail Polish in I Stop For Red, $8, available at OPI.
Sally Hansen's Red Eye is a classic, opaque red that lasts for
days on nails. Plus, it has a handy wide brush that makes it easy to paint your entire nail in just one or two sweeps. Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Red Eye, $7.49, available at Target.
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