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Manicures have become more than just a clip, file, and polish. New York Fashion Week put the hottest spring 2011 nail trends front and center. Refinery29 spotted a few eye-catching trends that really nailed it.


These moon manis make for a beguilingly fun, retro feel. Try a nude base color, or a rounded, black French tip like the picture below:

The Tip: Sometimes you need more than a steady hand to get these moon shapes looking crisp. A nail art pen offers you more control if you can’t manage a brush!



The flash of metal got an updated, gritty twist for spring 2011. Try layering an iridescent top coat over a dark gray or use gold foil.

The Tip: Paint a layer of clear basecoat and messily apply gold foil onto your nail tips with a tweezer. Wait until dry, crumble the excess gold foil off, then secure with a layer of clear topcoat.



Free-spirited designers, naturally, got away with nail polish pattern-play this spring. Use bright pastels and patterns.

The Tip: For really precise graphic nails, we recommend a good Minx salon. If you’re confident in your nail art abilities, invest in some opaque nail precision pens and go wild!



Neutral nails maintain an au naturel spring-like feel. Whip up a pointed black and white French Chevron nail or use a gorgeous pale beige intersected by a thin, coral line.

The Tip: Don’t match the nude shade too closely to your skin tone, lest you want to look like you have mannequin hands. Go a few shades lighter or darker, and choose a color with a high gloss.

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