Reader Post: The Best Nail Polish Trends

Today’s post comes from I Heart Daily reader Sophia Mendelsohn from Sacramento, CA who wrote to us about the best nail trends for 2012! Red and pink are the traditional colors seen on the nails of many women, but today there are hundreds of shades and designs to choose from -- so many that it's hard to pick just one! Here's some help to guide you towards the most coveted colors and trends for 2012.

Hot Pink. Without a doubt, fuchsia as well as hot pink are trendy this year. Ditch your light pink bottle for the moment.

Nude. In contrast to hot pink, another nail color that you'll see everywhere is nude or neutral that comes in honey tones, creamy beiges, milky whites and pale pinks.

Green. One of the most soothing colors to the eyes, green made it to this year’s hottest colors. Try a lovely pistachio!

Pretty Shades. Girly shades like cherry red, rich burgundy, rose pink and butter yellow will never go out of style. To make the decision making easier, choose colors that complement your lip or eye makeup.

Tangerine Tango (pictured). Tangerine Tango was pegged Color of the Year by Pantone, so it will certainly be everywhere! "Orange will be a big color, and bright corals will also be popular," OPI Artistic Director Suzi Weiss-Fischmann says.

Unique Patterns. Inspired by artsy crafts and inimitable designs, nail art has been taken to a new level with countless patterns and designs. If you're up for it, go for sequined tips, chrome holograms, moody ombres and pearly finishes on your nails.

Blue. Celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann says: "Different hues of blue -- baby blue, turquoise, and navy -- will be big this spring. It will definitely be a lasting trend seen into fall as well."

Glitter. Finally, with new sizes and shapes, as well as fresh colors, glitter nail polish will continue its reign in the fashion world with shiny shimmers and the most recent 3D holographic nail polish.

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Sophia Mendelsohn owns the Modern Cosmetics and Popilicious sites, which focus on the latest discounts and reviews of nail polishes and beauty products, such as MAC Cosmetics. You may check out her most recent posts on MAC makeup certification classes as well as the hottest OPI Nail Lacquers this year.