These Are The Nail Color Trends NYC Girls Are Wearing Right Now

New Yorkers may have the reputation of wearing all black, all the time (though everyone we know is a master print-mixer). But even those who think gray is too loud know there's a time and place for a dose of color — and that's always, and on nails and toes.
The city also happens to be, oh, 10 steps ahead of the trends, so who better to ask which manicure shades will be blowing up in 2017 than the women who run the most in-demand salons? We checked in with Eleanor Langston, former beauty editor turned founder of Paintbox, which is known for its modern gel designs that change seasonally; Nadine Abramcyk, co-founder of non-toxic haven
Tenoverten; and Jin Soon Choi, founder of Jin Soon, the ultimate go-to for deeply indulgent manis and pedis. Ahead, they predict the color trends that you'll soon be seeing on well-groomed hands everywhere.
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Unexpected Pastels
Pastels are far from a spring cliché, according to Langston. She says her clients at Paintbox are all about pastels and gravitate toward them no matter the month. The hottest right now? Light sage, millennial pink, and pale blue.

This baby blue shade is striking in its softness, making it a standout color this season. Wear it alone, or copy Langston, who likes to add in a siren-red accent. “Pairing the feminine tones with a bolder tone (like cherry red, cobalt, camel, or emerald) is a super-sophisticated way to give your mani some edge,” she says.
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You can't talk about pastel without talking about pink. But this isn't your grandma's French-manicure pink: It's dusty, faded, and made for nice-but-not-too-nice girls.
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Green is a hard color—too bright and you're in St. Patty's Day territory; too dark and you're going to feel like a Christmas tree. This soft, creamy sage, on the other hand, is the easiest choice in the world. It flatters all skin tones, but especially olive.
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We saw deep mauves all over Instagram last year — and we love the sultry trend. But this lilac and slate hybrid is a muted version of the latter that works year-round and is super chic.
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Dusty Neutrals
“We are seeing a return to neutrals for the brisk weather that's been hitting NYC lately. Oddly enough, people lean toward using whites or very neutral beige over the cold months of January and February. It's almost a bit of a backlash against the colorful nails a lot of people don during the holiday party heavy season in December as well,” said Abramcyk.

The ones we keep coming across all feel slightly tweaked, however. They've got brick, rust, and purplish-gray undertones, so they don't match skin tone perfectly.
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This unique shade feels as though slate and violet had a baby, but it still falls under the earth tone family. “We predict people will stick with earthy neutrals that have heavy saturation as transition to brighter summer hues,” says Abramcyk.
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With peach and brown undertones, this deep rose hue is mature and sophisticated.

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Tonal Browns
Want something moody and goth-adjacent that isn't stark black? Go for a rich, dimensional chocolate. “I think we’ll see strong, saturated colors that are impactful,” says Langston. “I think those shades are surprisingly flattering on all skin tones and go with any outfit,” says Langston. “But they give your fingertips a little bit more interest than a basic nude.”
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Brown looks best with a high-shine top coat — or opt for a shimmery, metallic, smoky quartz finish.
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This opaque shade is the perfect milk chocolate.
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Full-Bodied Wines
“This shade is a fall/winter staple and is always popular this time of year at the spa. It’s flattering on everyone, so there is no guesswork when it comes to choosing this deep burgundy red,” says Choi.

This deep wine in particular is a client favorite at her salons.
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Make this sophisticated hue more playful by adding in a whole lot of silvery flecks.
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There's horror movie blood (you don't want that) then there's Snow White prick-of-the-needle blood. This is that — and it's gorgeous.
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Color Wheel Brights
For those on the East Coast who dream of heading West, vibrant, happy shades are in season year-round. The coolest ones are primary or secondary shade from the color wheel with the highlight toggle turned way up — classic, but sunnier.
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Trust us: This purple looks its best when peeking out from a gray cashmere sleeve.
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A saturated yellow that matches a stick of butter won't wash out any skin tones — and won't require those around you to wear sunnies.
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Rocking orange is no easy task, but worth the challenge.
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It might not be cheap, it's so so damn pretty.
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Why wouldn't you want a manicure that matches your mimosa?
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