Pantone Nails That Surpass The Season

Sep 4 · 3 min read

“Pantone” has become a buzzword for the fashion industry, and it has made its way into the wonderful world of nail art. Before we dive into our favorite Pantone manicures, we’d like to take a moment to discuss the origins of the Pantone phenomenon. Since the year 2000, Pantone has selected a “Color Of The Year” and as a result has become the global authority for color in art, fashion, and design. The term “Pantone” comes from Lawrence Herbert’s “Pantone Matching System” which was originally developed as a system for identifying, matching, and communicating colors across print and textile industries, thus creating a standard for colors across fields. In other words, if you want to get really extra, you can use the Pantone Matching System to ensure that your nail color matches perfectly with the color of your shirt and shoes. This 2019, the Color Of The Year is Pantone 16–1546, Living Coral. It is described as “Vibrant, yet mellow, Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.”

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Here are some of our favorite variations of Pantone, including manicures that integrate Living Coral.

Coral Half Moons

Living Coral has never been more alive and celebrated than with this simple Pantone manicure.

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Pink On Pink

Pink, pink, and extra pink. Cheers to the whole purpose of Pantone, to provide perfectly matched colors across mediums.

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These multi-colored french tips pay tribute to some of our favorite Pantone colors over the past 20 years.

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If “Emerald” and “Greenery” got married, the result would be this Pantone hybrid.

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Simple Stripes

These minimalist stripes feature the more pastel hues on the Color Of The Year chart.

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Matte & Laq French Manicure

This mod maroon manicure pairs matte textures with ultra shiny lacquer tips. What better way to celebrate your favorite color!

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For more manicure inspo, here is a recap of all of the Pantone Colors of the year since 2000!

What’s your favorite Pantone year? We can’t wait to see what 2020 brings!



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