9 April 2019 Nail Colors And Trends To Try For The Month Ahead
Despite being the first official month of spring, April can be a little gloomy. (You know, that whole “April showers” thing.) Luckily, the trendiest April 2019 nail colors are anything but.
“I think after this particularly brutal winter on both coasts, [people are looking for] a fun way to boldly transition into the warmer weather,” Mazz Hanna, a celebrity nail artist who works with Julia Roberts and Selma Blair, tells The Zoe Report. Her top pick? Day-Glo neon polish in shades like highlighter yellow and traffic cone orange. But don’t worry — if bright colors aren’t your style, there are plenty of low-key trends to try, too.
“Pretty, neutral manis are big right now,” Sarah Gibson Tuttle, the founder of LA-based nail salons and online retailer Olive & June, tells TZR. The mani entrepreneur is partial to Olive & June’s new line of perfect nudes and light pastels (which — spoiler alert — is really, really good). While spring neutrals look great on their own, they also make the perfect backdrop for a bit of nail art. “I've been really into subtle nail art lately, nothing too funky but something a little different to keep things feeling fresh,” Jess Hannah, founder of J. Hannah, tells The Zoe Report. Her pastel, geometric, negative space mani, below, is a must-try.
Ahead, the nine shades, shapes, and finishes that are sure to be at the fingertips of stylish women (like yourself) all month long.
“Neon is definitely a trend that is back in full swing,” Hanna says. “Pops of neon, solid neons, neon French manicures, and plenty of neon negative space manicures will be everywhere. I recently painted my nails a shade of neon green that I custom blended at the new Orly Color Labs, and if I had a dollar for every compliment I got I’d be retired. Everyone loves neon.”
“These monochromatic ombré nails are just as fun as neons, but in a more toned down way,” Hanna tells TZR. “The thing that makes this nail trend so appealing is that you can use any color family that suits your personal style and easily DIY it at home.”
“Our Nail Polish in Geri has been one of our best sellers and it's a gorgeous shade of pink that feels right for any moment, from brunch to weddings,” Gibson Tuttle says. “Pink is a return to traditional spring looks. After a few seasons of darker colors, it's nice to be back to what feels really in season.”
“We are seeing a lot of matte finish nails using lighter, springier colors like taupe, grey, and coral,” Leah Yari, the co-founder of côte, tells The Zoe Report. “A matte finish is soft and subtle, like a gentle breeze and billowy clouds.” The best part? You can mattify any polish with a coat of côte's Matte Top.
“Spring has officially sprung and flowers are back,” Elaine Lee, the lead nail technician at Valley Nails in New York City, tells The Zoe Report. “Our artists hand-paint florals based on desired color and client's inspiration.” Opt for bright orange poppies on a stark white background to give traditional pastel florals an eye-catching update.
“As the authority in nail art, we are always on the lookout for nail art trends,” Lee says. “One of the nail art trends we're noticing come back around is fresh pastel and spring colors.” Muted tones like Be Iconic, the moody lavender polish from Sally Hansen's new range, are particularly popular for April.
“For nail art, we have seen more pastel base colors with palm tree designs,” Yari says. To keep the look from being overwhelming, stick to just one or two frond-covered fingers.
Subtle Nail Art
“I was inspired by the colors and geometry of a Josef Albers piece and did something similar for my nails,” Hannah tells TZR of her peach, yellow, and green negative space mani. “The colors are particularly springy — it feels like nature.”
Living Coral is Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2019, so it makes sense that the bright shade is trending in nail salons across the country. Yari calls it “a happy, vibrant color that reminds us of spring blossoms by the coast.”