A single stripe down the center of each nail, as seen on the Veda runway, is fun and unexpected, but subdued enough to wear to work. Stick with similar shades (try gray with a black stripe) for a subtle look, or use contrasting neons for a louder statement. To get the look, polish each nail with a color of your choice. After allowing the polish to dry completely, apply a single stripe with a contrasting color. Make sure to let everything dry before adding a top coat to avoid smearing.
Try: Striping brushes from the Birchbox & Color Club Nail Art Kit
Let’s face it—French manicures can look a little dated. Ditch the pale pink and white mani and try something more of-the-moment. Lauren Moffatt featured a diagonal tangerine stripe in place of the classic French tip, and Jenni Kayne gave models a bright pop of neon yellow on top of neutral nails. For your own modern French, use a round reinforcement sticker (from an office supply store) to create a guide for your colored polish, or simply use short, even strokes to cover the tip of your nails.
Try: Bright accent colors like these neons from Color Club
Bright white nails ruled the runways at Rag & Bone and Karen Walker, and we can’t wait to give this oft-overlooked polish shade a try. On short, well-groomed nails, bright white polish is the ultimate neutral for warm weather (and pairs perfectly with spring outfits). To avoid streaks, apply several thin coats of polish, allowing each layer to dry before moving on.