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Pretty Spring Colors

The March issue of Self Magazine helps readers choose "pretty spring manicures." It lists vivid teal, pale lilac, and opaque putty among its three top choices for striking spring hues.

According to the magazine, "'Seafoam green-blue nails allow you to nod to one of fashion's hot colors for spring without going overboard," says Nonie Creme, creative director of Butter London, a chain of salons headquartered in Seattle. Keep your clothes classic and chic for an elegant look. Too timid for peacock? Dip your toes in the trend. Try Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen Salon Nail Lacquer in Honeydew.

Playful purple looks fab witih a faux tan. Pick a hue that suits your skin tone. Deep shades work for warm types and pastels for cool ones, says Jan Arnold, cofounder of CND. Not sure where you fall? 'Look at your inner wrist,' says Arnold. If it has an orange or yellow tint, like the sunset, you're warm. A green or blue cast? Cool. Try OPI Nail Lacquer in Done Out in Deco.

'Super shiny, rich neutrals give the illusion od long fingers,' Arnold says, similar to the way wearing matching heels and tights lengthens legs. The tip of a brush can leave streaks or indents in neutrals, Arnold warns. For a finish as smooth as patent leather, lay the brush parallel to the nail and ease it on to the tips. Try Orly Nail Lacquer in Country Club Khaki."

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