Color Stories: Beyond the Pale

From soft beige to pale pinks to white tints, pretty pastel shades were all over the spring 2012 runways. The subtle glamour of baby pink nails is nothing new—in the ’60s, screen starlets took a break from bright reds and opted for softer shades of pink. For your nails to look their best in barely there colors, make sure they are crisp, clean, and completely chip-free. For a longer-lasting mani, try a gel color, which will last one to two weeks longer than regular polish. Our top pick for a soft pink shade is OPI GelColor in Bubble Bath.

1. Eva Longoria keeps it subtle with a nude pink polish
2. Scarlett Johansson wears a white shade of nude
3. Liz Taylor looks flawless in nude nails