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The Fab Five: Nail Polish To Spring Forward

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Spring is a time for renewal, revitalization—and a revamp of your nail color arsenal. According to popular opinion, this time of year is reserved for candy-colored confections, which strikes us as a little cliché but is admittedly par for the course; there’s something about 65-degree days that calls for light and airy lacquers—whenever those days may come. Here, a selection of some of our favorite early arrivals.

Violet Femme
Rococo Nail Apparel in Sandrine
Described by Rococo founders Ange and Vernice Walker as a “Parisian blue,” there is certainly something about this periwinkle crème varnish that seems fitting for a sunny stroll along the Seine (or the Hudson).

Orange Crush
NCLA Don’t Call Me Peachy, available February 2013 at www.shopncla.com
Part of the SoCal brand’s perfectly pastel Life’s a Beach collection, this melon-tinged neutral is a bright twist on nude that works well with a surprising number of different skin tones.

Lacquer and Lace
Essie Embrace the Lace
Essie has finally joined the nail-wrap revolution with the debut of its Sleek Stick collection of printed overlays. Even though the gilded ivory latticework scrawled onto a pale pink background on these tips is easily removed with cuticle oil, it’s pretty difficult to part ways with it once it’s on.

Think Pink
Deborah Lippmann Girls set in Marnie
If you thought one season of HBO’s hit show Girls was not enough to inspire a beauty collection, you’d be wrong—at least in Deborah Lippmann’s estimation. The manicure maven just debuted a four-piece line inspired by each of the show’s four protagonists, including this prim and proper light rose in homage to Allison Williams’ gallerina character.

Mellow Yellow
Priti NYC nail lacquer in Envy
A long day on the slopes deserves a long overdue manicure—or so the thinking goes over at Priti NYC, which just launched its four-piece Apres Ski collection. What better way to clutch that cup of hot coca then with well-polished, frosty yellow tips?

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The 411: Rococo Nail Apparel’s Ange And Vernice Walker

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Rococo Nail Apparel may only be a few years old, but the sisters behind it, Ange and Vernice Walker, have been in the beauty biz for over a decade, doling out manicures behind the scenes on music videos and during London fashion week. Their forward-thinking brand landed stateside in 2009 courtesy of Space NK, and we’ve been smitten ever since. This year saw the birth of the colorful Geisha collection and the duo’s Nude Wardrobe, an array of flesh-toned basics that became an integral part of Spring’s neutral manicure madness. Anyone who has had the pleasure of meeting the sisters Walker know that they are as cool as the polishes they dream up. Here, they divulge their own favorite beauty essentials for pro tips and beyond.

VERNICE WALKER

The Nail Routine: Personal Best

“I’ve been massaging in our Essential Nail Oil as it’s started to get colder. Ange gave me a really flattering shape—the almond nail is on trend at the moment so I will keep the length this winter—and I’ve been wearing our The Darkest Emerald as an alternative to the dark reds and blacks of the season. I like to experiment with colors so I really love to put our Gold Leaf Lacquer on top.”

Rococo Nail Apparel, available at Space NK, www.spacenk.com.

The Makeup Must-Haves: YSL and Lipstick Queen

“I love makeup, it’s like my armor. I have a thing about eyeliner; it’s something I wouldn’t leave the house without! Makeup artist Fred Letailleur introduced me to YSL’s False Lash Effect Cream Eyeliners as they are great to wear all day. Deep Black is really black and the brush makes it easy to apply. When I am feeling brave I enjoy wearing color on my lips. Lipstick Queen’s Red Sinner is the perfect matte red and has a silky feel.”

Eyeliner Effet Faux Cils Long-Wear Cream Eyeliner, $25, www.sephora.com; Lipstick Queen Sinner Red, $18, www.barneys.com.

The Complexion Perfector: Dermalogica

“I have a simple routine and I like to stick to what I know! I’m a Dermologica fan and use their Special Cleanser, Multi-Active Toner, and Active Moist Moisturizer every day. Two or three times a week I use the Daily Microfoliant to exfoliate and brighten my skin.”

Available at Dermalogica, www.dermalogica.com.

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Rococo Nail Apparel Is Learning Japanese

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Last time we checked in with Rococo Nail Apparel’s Ange and Vernice Walker, they were revolutionizing the nude nail movement with a six-piece collection of “nail foundations” for fall—which, it should be noted, should still be in heavy rotation come spring. (Burberry’s Christopher Bailey had models’ fingertips painted with the neutral shades at his show in September.) The sister act’s holiday release is decidedly more colorful, though, inspired as it is by Japan and the country’s mysterious, theatrical courtesan tradition. The Geisha collection is composed of five enticing options: Deadly Nightshade, a dark ballpoint blue; The Darkest Emerald, a glimmering teal green; Hypnotic Luxe, a bright magenta; Flower Town, a ballerina pink; and New Geisha Luxe, a metallic mushroom. We’re particularly fond of lacquering the shimmering New Geisha on nails and reserving the ultra-feminine, dense pink Hypnotic for toes.

Photo: Yannis Vlamos / GoRunway.com

Better Off Bare

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The Fall shows saw their fair share of in-your-face nail art (think: Prabal Gurung, Ruffian, and Topshop), but things took a turn for the subtle during the second half of the season, with foundation-inspired hues turning up at Jean Paul Gautier, Yves Saint Laurent, and Giambattista Valli. Unlike picking out a classic crimson or muted gold, finding the perfect flesh-toned nail color can be a daunting task, which is presumably what inspired a few brands to launch one or more of their own. Here, our top five picks for going nude.

Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in Naked

This clean, bare beige from Lippmann’s successful spring collection is a boon to medium complexions with a cool undertone.

$16, www.lippmanncollection.com.

Rococo Nail Apparel in Lab Nude 3.0

As seen at Roland Mouret, this semi-sheer almond is one of six comprehensive hues in the brand’s new Nude Wardrobe collection.

$16.50, available September 1 at www.spacenk.com.

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