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Nail polish is the the new lipstick, haven’t you heard? With a color for every personality, occasion and mood, it’s no wonder we get excited every time a new slew of colors enters the market. Check out Refinery29‘s top 8 picks of the new year, along with a few tips from nail experts.


“2012 is all about the color green,” says Essie founder Essie Weingarten. “There’s something really special about it, so you’re going to see a lot of it.” Unlike last season, where we saw tons of hunter hues, spring’s iteration is pretty pistachio. Look for polishes that have creamy undertones and lots of opacity. [RGB in Dew, $16; Essie in Navigate Her, $8]


Blame Pantone and 2012’s color of the season, Tangerine Tango, for all the bright orange nails you’re going to be seeing this year. “Offbeat orange and retro mod brights straight out of the swinging ’60s [will be big for 2012],” says CND founder Jan Arnold. [Sephora in Paisley Attention To Me!, $9.50; Le Métier De Beauté Nail Lacquer in Not So Safe Orange, $18]


“Beige is the new sheer pink and its popularity is rising,” says Lippmann. “I’ve been doing nude nails season after season because it gives the illusion of skin continuing and really lengthens your finger — it feels modern. We’re shifting to warmer, foundation-inspired hues because who doesn’t love the idea of never-ending skin? We’re always after that glowing, dewy, gorgeous effect.”


Ditch your highlighter hues and try a new kind of bright. “This isn’t old-school, ’80s neon,” says Butter London creative director Nonie Creme. “It’s a grown-up, modern interpretation; the result of a neon mixed with pure white pigment to create a beautiful, pulled-back look. This is an evolution of neon — still bright and in the same color family, but more sophisticated and subdued.” GET THE REST HERE!

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