11 Spring 2014 Manicure Colors & Trends

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Manicures from Spring 2014 shows

Clockwise: Emerson, Just Cavalli, Mila Schon, Nicole Miller, Kate Spade

The decline of nail art has been especially evident on Spring 2014 runways where solid colors along with metallic finish ruled the ball. Brights and solid pastels are worn over mostly natural nails that are on the shorter side. Flesh-colored or transparent manicure seems to have become a Spring must so you can easily go for that look. But here are the main manicure trends and colors of the coming season.

Manicure Colors & Trends – Spring 2014

Model backstage at Peter Som Spring 2014 show

Peter Som Spring 2014

Half Moon

Half moon mani is the major hit of the season. It can be done on unpainted nails or it the moon can be left unpainted instead. Both of these variants make for interesting fresh take on the familiar manicure style.

Colorful French Mani

French manicure isn’t as hot as nude nails unless it’s done in color. Opt for interesting color combos for your French mani to stand out this spring. Also check out the mani from Kate Spade’s Spring 2014 show for inspiration.


Bold and thin stripes, painted or stuck on, are big this season so don’t put away a thin nail art brush just yet. You can draw checkers like nail artists did at Tracy Reese or you could just create a few thin colored stripes on your nude nails.

Model backstage at Kye Spring 2014 show

Kye Spring 2014


White has been spotted at a few shows including Prabal Gurung, Nanette Lepore, Chicca Lualdi, and Kye. At the latter the nails were long and featured a couple of clear lines closer to the tips of the nails. This futuristic look is a nice unexpected twist for those who dislike toothpaste white nail polish. For this look opt for something semi-sheer.


Orange popped here and there on the spring runways and at some cases even matched the orange lipstick. If you don’t want a matchy-matchy look but would like to try orange the safe way, go for the nail polish. You can find the similar shade in O.P.I’s Brazil Spring/Summer 2014 collection.


Purple came in various hues from dark rich purple at Giorgio Armani to pastel violet at Emporio Armani. The pastel hue was also spotted at Puglisi and Wes Gordon where it (Essie Lilacism) was paired with sandy nude Essie Sand Tropez.

Model backstage at Honor Spring 2014 show

Honor Spring 2014


From sheer to hot pink you can choose from a wide range of shades and still be trendy. Our favorite take on the pink-ish manicure could be seen at Honor where amazing stilletto nails have been painted with Deborah Lippmann’sĀ La Vie En Rose nail polish and encrusted with Swarovsky crystals arranged in triangles.


If you want to be on trend pastel blue is the hue to aim for. It was seen at Osman, Badgley Mischka, and other designer shows. You can also opt for the dark blue hue as dark shades are somehow ‘in’ too.


At Robert Musso and Rebecca Taylor the nails were dramatically red. The color is rich and bold so you can totally make a statement wearing only that red polish and mascara-ed lashes.

Model backstage at Kenzo Spring 2014 show

Kenzo Spring 2014


Surprisingly black has made appearance at Chanel and Kenzo. At Chanel it was plain black while at Kenzo nail artists couldn’t resist a bit of nail art. That was a great combination of black and toothpaste white.


If you’re into festive mood all year round or if you just love the sparkle metallics are super trendy this spring so you can wear those unlimitedly if trends ever stopped you (or encouraged you) to do anything. There are truly no limits. You can wear any metallic shade or hue you can get your hands on or have at home. There are no rules and the shades on the runway ranged from pearlĀ iridescent white to bright gold.

If you’re looking for any of those hues you might find all the pastels you need in Ciate’s Spring 2014 collection Doll House or Deborah Lippmann’s Spring Reveries, brights in O.P.I’s Brazil, and both of those in Essie’s Hide & Go Chic.

Inverted half moon mani at Desigual Spring 2014 show

Desigual’s inverted half moon mani

Model backstage at Puglisi Spring 2014 show

Pastel purple at Puglisi

Model backstage at Cushnie et Ochs Spring 2014 show

White pointed nails with bold metallic stripe accents at Cushnie et Ochs

Model backstage at Tadashi Shoji Spring 2014 show

Tadashi Shoji Spring 2014

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Mona Liz

Mona Liz is a beauty and healthy lifestyle enthusiast with a passion for writing, music, cats, fitness, and food.

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