Selecting the right nail polish shade can be challenging, especially when standing before a wall of shade selections. Do you want to go bold and bright or quiet and versatile? Is it complimentary to your skin tone? Does a higher price always mean a high-quality product? Luckily, there's a group of highly visible people who've built a career or based their hobby around the very notion of style: the fashion crowd. Today, we're diving into the world of street-style bloggers, cool girls, and off-duty models with an eye for aesthetics when it comes to anything from the perfect wash of their denim to camera-ready manicures.
Who better to ask what nail polish shades fashion people are wearing now than the talented nail artists behind them? According to celebrity nail artists Gina Edwards and Sonya Meesh, fashion-forward clients have recently requested bright orange (particularly in jelly polishes), lavender with blue tones, vibrant fuchsia, rosy pinks, and electric greens. You've heard it here first; it's time to retire your sheer shades and break out the eye-catching pigments. For fashion people this season, the brighter, the better.
Take Time to Prep
The secret to the perfect manicure? Prepping your nails before you ever reach for the polish. "You will never have a smooth, long-lasting manicure if you don't put in the proper work and maintenance—that means exfoliating and hydrating," explains Meesh. "Hydration and treating your nails as well as you treat your face will set you up for a long-lasting manicure." Their favorite products to ensure gorgeous nails are Orly's Cutique Cuticle and Stain Remover to remove stains and exfoliate dry skin and Dermelect's Revital-oil Nail & Cuticle Treatment.
For smooth and easy application, Edwards encourages using a ridge-filling base coat to effectively smooth out ridges and help lock in the base coat and nail polish. She also recommends carefully wiping the brush with a paper towel or pad to remove lint or air particles. Ready to paint? Scroll on for some inspo from our nail artists and favorite fashion people. Believe me: you'll want to screenshot these!
Fashion-Forward Nail Polish Shades
Above, Amaka Hamelijnck sports magenta nails with delicate floral detailing on the pinky and index fingers. Edwards says she's seen a major rise in fuchsia shades.
What better way to celebrate the arrival of warm weather than by diving into sunny hues? A color like Essie's All Fun & Games compliments all skin tones.
Don't worry, neutral lovers. Barely-there polish shades are also on the rise. Crowe's pretty pink manicure is a simple and effective way to keep your nails looking chic.
Bright nail colors may be everywhere among the fashion crowd in the coming months, but so will earth tones as the coastal Cowgirl aesthetic is having a moment on TikTok. If you're not ready to don a cowgirl hat quite yet, brown-orange nail polish may be the way to go.
While I normally gravitate toward manicures in neutral shades, I have a soft spot for bright blue once warm weather finally hits. Here, celebrity nail artist Zola Ganzorigt pairs a blush base with minimal blue nail art.
Looking for a fun way to upgrade your everyday French manicure? The fashion people on my Instagram Explore page have been spotted with metal-toned tips.
Break out the pastel! Powdery-pink polishes will be flying off the shelves this season, so you better grab your own just in case.
Whether or not you believe in the red-nail theory that's gone viral on TikTok, red manicures are popular with the fashion crowd. Hermès Nail Enamel in the shade Orange Poppy looks nearly identical to what model Camila Morrone wears in the shot above.
I've always been a fan of iridescent nails, especially when the polish shade deviates from creamy whites or blush pinks. I'll be using Londontown's Sugarplum to bring this look to life.
How gorgeous are these nails on Hamelijnck? As proven by this Amsterdam-based content creator, vibrant blue nail polish looks especially good when you match it to your makeup.
Is it any surprise Edwards' celebrity clientele is in love with lavender nail looks? Try Static Nails' polish in Lavender Fields to create a playful and stylish mani.
Here's a great example from Goldstein of how to update a simple orange manicure with minimal details. I can't wait to try a delicate French tip during my next trip to the salon.
Don't wait until fall to play with purple shades for your manicures. Take this daring nail look from Nguyen, for example. Its shiny, textured, and edgy in all the best ways.
If you've been searching for the perfect rose polish to pull off the "quiet-luxury" trend that's taken over TikTok following Sofia Richie's wedding, Essie's nail polish in Final Stretch is a good place to start.
Bring the intrigue and mystery of the desert with you wherever you go with this dusty, earth-toned orange. Our top pick to pull this look off? OPI's No Tan Lines polish.