The prettiest mani-pedi combos to try now
Nudes and neons
Now here's one way to walk on the wild side! Jenna Hipp, who has painted up the famous fingers of Lea Michele and Miley Cyrus, suggests pairing a buff-toned lunar pattern, like NCLA's Nude Moon Nail Wraps ($16; shopncla.com) with Illamasqua's day-glo Rare shade ($14; sephora.com) on the toes. "A barely-there nail is an elegant way to lengthen finger and keep your look professional without being distracting," she said. "I love the contrast of a modest moon mani with a bright color on the toes. Not only is a bright pedicure a mood-booster, the combo allows you to try two trends at once."
Flushed fingers and holographic toes
Sheer washes of color are all the rage in spring makeup trends, so why not carry that effect onto your nails as well? Manicurist Dawn Sterling, who has worked with Alicia Keys, is taking a "business on the hands, party on the toes" approach this season by balancing a holographic pedicure with Dior's blush-toned Nail Glow ($24; dior.com) on the fingers. "It gives the illusion that your white nail tips are even whiter than they actually are," she said. "For the toes, I like a little fun, and I'm in love with NARS' Disco Inferno ($19; narscosmetics.com)! It's an iridescent silver with hints of pink when the nails are angled."
Ombre isn't just for your hair anymore! A neon fade like NCLA's Electric Gradient Nail Wraps ($16; shopncla.com) makes for a mood-boost at your fingertips, and Madeline Poole, whose handiwork has been worn by Kim Kardashian and Kate Bosworth, suggests making just as big of an impact with your pedicure. "You could go either way with this look, but I love a classic red nail and Zoya's America shade is a perfect orangey, tomato red," she told us. "Or, a neon toe like Never a Dull Moment by Ginger + Liz ($12; gingerandliz.com) could be amazing for spring and summer if you're adventurous!" If the bold highlighter hue intimidates you, Poole also recommends Ginger + Liz's New Money ($12; gingerandliz.com), a cool teal.
Petal lacquer and spring blooms
As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers, but if you happen to get caught in the storm, NCLA's botanical nail decals ($16; shopncla.com) serve as a hopeful reminder. They're a fashion-forward take on traditional floral patterns, and manicurist Stephanie Stone advises pulling one hue from the print to incorporate on your toes. "Lancome's Rose Plumeti ($15; lancome-usa.com) is a great pedicure match for this set," she said. "The baby pink polish complements the color blocking in a perfect way."
Spring break, anyone? If your beach vacation feels too far in the distant future, opt for a sea-toned pedicure as a temporary substitute to wading in the water. "Chanel's Blue Satin is a deep inky blue," said Viviano. "I like it paired with the nail color in Fracas, a gorgeous coral, on the fingers ($27 each; chanel.com)."
We're loving this view! Incorporate the Milky Way's dynamic nebulas into your beauty routine with the Stephanie's Galaxy nail strips ($16; shopncla.com), but go for a minimalist effect for your pedi. "Black polish on the toes ties the look together in a chic way, while letting the focus stay on your manicure," said Stone, who loves Chanel's Le Vernis Black Satin ($27; chanel.com).
When in doubt, opt for a nude lacquer. Buff shades have an elongating effect, making your fingers appear longer and leaner. "The simplicity with manicures has been growing momentum for some time now," said Sterling. "My favorite combo of polish to use for a beautiful nude is a thin coat of Chanel's Frenzy ($27; chanel.com) topped with a coat of Essie's Fed Up ($8; essie.com)." Layer the two lacquers for a timeless nude pedicure, then wear Essie's pale apricot alone on your hands.
What would Marilyn do? If your tastes veer toward the classic, try a retro-inspired moon manicure like NCLA's Dita Did It ($16; shopncla.com) with a solid red pedi. "The creamy half-moon against crimson already makes a statement for your entire look, giving off instant bombshell attitude," said Hipp. "Keep toes classy by using a similar shade of red to complete the vintage vibe." Hipp's favorite option is NARS's Jungle Red ($19; narscosmetics.com), a sexy sanguine hue.