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Allure's Top 5 Shades for Spring

Allure magazine's April 2012 issue names the top five shades for spring:


Lilac is more elegant when it's high-gloss. Matte versions can read as flat and chalky. a word of caution: Gray or lilac tones can make skin look ashy, so be sure to moisturize.

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Toasted Almond

“This shade is especially beautiful on dark skin," says New York City manicurist Sheril Bailey. It elongates fingers the same way nude pumps seem to extend the legs.

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Hot Coral

"Coral is the perfect bright," says Bailey. "It's pretty on all skin tones and so cheerful."

Muted Teal

The key word here is "muted." As in gray undertones. As in subtle. As in totally chic.


"Soft peach is the new pale pink: it works on everyone but is a notch more substantial — and sexy," says New York City manicurist Jin Soon Choi.



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