Fingers, toes get spring style

The freshest spring polishes fall into two categories: lovely light neutrals and pops of hot color.

You’ll see neutrals, ranging from taupes to pinks to peaches in opaques, metallics and sheers. We worked our way through dozens of test bottles and settled on five that perfectly define spring ’09.

From OPI come two opaques: “Suzi & the Lifeguard,” a delicate but glossy light pink, and “Sand in My Suit,” reminiscent of Nantucket sand dunes. Both are part of the dozen shades in OPI’s new South Beach collection.

For neutral sheers, our favorites, hands and toes down, are from Shades by Barielle. The new Sun Goddess collection includes a trio of barely there, high-shine colors that will get you through any wardrobe challenge: “Nauti-Gal,” a surprisingly soft taupe; “Shell Shock,” a berry pink; and “Sand-al Chic,” a pink/peach.

For those who prefer a bolder statement on your fingertips, you, too, have some great choices. Essie’s Spring 2009 collection includes “Status Symbol,” a hot pink, and “Mesmerize,” a rich, ocean-inspired royal blue perfect for a sunny afternoon. Grab one of these bold colors and enjoy the season – Mediterranean or not.