Spring’s Most Unexpected Nail Polish Trend


A dark manicure might not be the most obvious warm-­weather beauty look, and yet there they were, all over the spring 2015 runways: Peter Som had cement gray, Narciso Rodgriguez a muddy ochre, and Giorgio Armani a matte bronze. Even Tom Ford, a designer who rarely strays from his signature crimson lacquer, is offering up two dramatic shades for spring: Black Jade and Indigo Night.

“We live in an era where it’s common practice to live outside expected norms,” says Greg Salo, founder of Caption Polish, a company that’s also offering a slew of super dark hues this season. (Our favorites are the inky Look Don’t Touch and dark cherry­-hued Never Ask Permission.) “Pushing up against accepted protocols is a way to redefine who you are and express yourself. Wearing dark nails for spring is a natural extension of that frame of mind.”

We’re all for that. But if going to the dark side is just too Elvira for you, there are plenty of alternatives that don’t involve falling back on Easter colors or nudes. For example, Salo says metallics can be just as dramatic as super dark hues. “Depending on your look, they can be real statement makers that also work as neutrals,” he says. “Try a metallic golden green or a taupe­-gray, and don’t be afraid to top with a holographic or glitter top coat to make the look pop.”

Just remember to have fun with it. Spring is a time for re­invention and playfulness, after all. “Never be intimidated by any color,” says Salo. “Just take a risk and just go for it.”

Shop Dark Spring Nail Polish

Nail Lacquer in Indigo Night


Tom Ford Beauty

Nail Polish in 407 Elderberry


Burberry Beauty

Nail Lacquer in Runway


Giorgio Armani

Nail Polish in Look, Don’t Touch


Caption Nails

Nail Lacquer in Black Jade


Tom Ford Beauty

Nail Polish in Collection Sloane Mews


Nails Inc. London

Nail Polish in Never Ask Permission


Caption Nails

Nail Polish in Lullaby Of Broadway


Deborah Lippmann

Nail Polish in Mots Bleus



Jennifer Fisher Jewelry x RGB Cosmetics Nail Polish in Momma



Nail Polish in NailKale


Nails Inc. London

Le Vernis Metallic Nail Polish in 20