Recently, I found myself in Julie Kandalec's exclusive, appointment-only nail salon, Julie K Nail Atelier. Kandalec is known for unique, refined manicures and the kind of nail art you've only dreamt of. She's also a manicurist to the stars who counts Jessica Chastaine, Camila Cabello, Joe Jonas, Sophie Turner, and Selena Gomez in her regular rotation of star-studded clientele.
Since she's constantly working with celebrities and campaigns, Kandalec also has a wealth of knowledge on all things nail trends. While she was doing my nails, I asked her every question under the sun about trends. One thing I was curious about (and I know everyone else is, too): What will be the next It nail color?
According to Kandalec, the answer is simple: lilac. The perfect color as the months get warmer, lilac is the ideal way to add a subtle pop to your fingertips. "As fans of Bridgerton know, lilac has huge meaning for the show," says Kandalec. "Like with most über-popular TV shows (ever heard of Euphoria?), beauty trends are wildly popular due to what the characters are wearing."
Plus, lilac is also endlessly wearable and flattering. "Lilac is incredibly easy to wear on a multitude of skin tones," Kandalec says.
Below, I've rounded up some of this season's best lilac nail polishes, including picks from Kandalec herself. Who knows? You just might see one of these polishes on your favorite celebrity's nails soon.
In my mind, OPI's "Do You Lilac It?" is the ultimate lilac shade. Whenever I think of lilac polish, this one comes to mind both for its clever, catchy name and its gorgeous, chip-resistant color.
If you shy away from bright colors, this dusty lilac shade is the perfect way to make your nails pop without being overwhelming.