"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
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
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
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.
Iconic Treatment-Enriched Nail Polish in Fashion, $18, available at
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.
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.
: Essie, OPI, and RGB offer the greatest variety of nude shade ranges.
Nail Lacquer in Nude Light Brown, $12.50, available at
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
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.
Nail Lacquer in Mink Brule, $36, available at
Matte Top Coat, $10, available at
Forget your go-to charcoal or greige — our experts predict that grays with
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.
Nail Polish in Don't Bossa Nova Me Around, $9, available at
This color looks purple in the bottle, but on the nail it's a gorgeous lavender-based gray.
Cashmere Matte Nail Color in Coat Couture, $9, available at
This dusty pink shade has hints of grey and lavender undertones — and looks dreamy against any skin tone.
Nail Polish in Moxie, $18, available at
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.
Cuddle With Color Fall Collection Nail Color in Chinchilly, $9, available at
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.
Nail Polish Fuelled By Charcoal in Spencer Street, $15, available at
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
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
. Her top inky pick? This Essie hue.
Nail Polish in Licorice, $9, available at
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.
Le Vernis Nail Colour in 665 Vibrato, $34, available at
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.)
Vinylux Weekly Polish in 183 Creekside, $10.50, available at
This vibrant blue is perfect for sitting poolside.
Nail Lacquer in Wavepool, $8, available at
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.
Over the Moon, $9.50, available at
Want to get ahead of the chrome curve? "My top trend pick for 2017 is
chrome," Santos says. This polish will help get you there.
Mirror Metallics Nail Polish Collection in Penny Talk, $9, available at
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.
Vernis in 769 Front Row, $27, available at
This shimmery Essie shade is a great drugstore alternative.
Nail Color in Super Bossa Nova, $9.99, available at
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.
Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in 500 Rouge Essentiel, $28, available at
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.
Nail Polish in I Stop For Red, $8, available at
Sally Hansen's Red Eye is a classic, opaque red that lasts for
on nails. Plus, it has a handy wide brush that makes it easy to paint your entire nail in just one or two sweeps.
Miracle Gel in Red Eye, $7.49, available at
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