Better Than Bare: Manicures Lighten Up For Spring 2011

CND Introduces Spring’s Limited Edition Colour & Effect

October 2010 – “Ethereal, femme manicures in opaque porcelain, shimmery finishes, dark blues, grays and reds will be the ‘it’ looks this spring,” says CND Co-founder and Style Director Jan Arnold.   


Chic, floral bohemian fabrics are accentuated by clean, gorgeous and modern nails – the new neutral for Spring is better than natural.  To get a peachy-perfect manicure, try CND’s limited edition Perfectly Bare Colour, a porcelain crème, or layer it with limited edition Perfectly Bare Shimmer Effect for a kiss of texture.  To achieve Behnaz Sarafpour’s “Halo Manicure,” try Perfectly Bare Colour with Silver Chrome Colour edged along the perimeter for a heavenly finish.  At Marc Jacobs and Marc by MarcJacobs, flawlessly fresh manicures were created by mixingPerfectly Bare Colour with Super Matte Top Coat for a warm, satin matte finish. 


Graphic brights, intricate beading and vibrant colors in lightweight gossamer fabrics are the perfect match for multidimensional effects.  Shimmer steals the spotlight this season as Effects provide a manicure makeover with tone and dimension in pops of reflective color in copper, scarlet, or gold.  For a gorgeous glimmer, try Scarlett Shimmer Effect as seen at Carolina Herrera,or layer Perfectly Bare Shimmer Effect over Putty Colour like the luminescent manicures at Monique Lhuillier.  To get 3.1 Phillip Lim‘s “City Slick” nails, top Asphalt Colour with Copper Shimmer Effect for an elegant, deep-bronze manicure with attitude, or mix a custom blend of Colours in Silver Chrome, Putty, and Ice Blue Shimmer Effect for the washed-out chrome look seen at Gottex.  For a truly decadent look, embellish your Effect manicure with nail jewelry fit for a duchess, like the “Cocktail Nails” seen at Diego Binetti.  


Turn your back on black and say hello to rich tonal shades of blue, oxblood red and berry.  Pair with global prints, 70’s-inspired silhouettes, or textured evening gowns in lavish silk.  For luscious nails like the pedicures at Marc Jacobs, try berry-hued Bloodline Colour, or grab CND’s Jason Wu Collection (available in May 2011) for the blue-based red Veronica Colour, seen on the runway at Jason Wu.  For Ruffian’s “Monogram Moon Manicure,” use the following Colours – one layer of Putty layered with Washed Down White and trimmed in Blackjack for a new spin on classic 40’s manicures.  To achieve “Van Gogh-blue” nails seen at L.A.M.B., mix half a bottle of SpeedeyTop Coat with equal parts of Colours in Inkwell, Anchor Blue and Brilliant White.

NEW The Look: Spring 2010 box set of Perfectly Bare Colour and Perfectly Bare Shimmer Effect is $20, available while supplies last starting in March 2011 at select salons and professional beauty stores.  

Colour & Effects are available in professional beauty stores, salons and spas nationwide.  Suggested retail price for Colour is $9, Effects are $11, and Base and Top Coats are $8.50.  For additional information, please visit

So what do you guys think? I’m excited to see the Perfectly Bare combo, it looks so gorgeous. I’m becoming a big Nude polish fan girl all of a sudden!