New York Fashion Week in February. I hate it.Runways full of lovely fall looks make me feel like spring (and sandals and sundresses) is just a cruel joke.

New York Fashion Week in February. I hate it.

Runways full of lovely fall looks make me feel like spring (and sandals and sundresses) is just a cruel joke.

Keep the dream alive! There is one area you can start styling for spring: your nails. Keep these tips and trends in mind as you start prepping your digits for life after gloves.

Pop in pastels.Light colors are always popular, echoing nature's new blooms and that mythical bunny's eggs. Look for pastels in mint, robin-egg blue and lavender. Sally Hansen's Xtreme Wear, available at drugstores, comes in myriad soft shades and will only set you back about $3.

Make it to the moon. Moon manicures employ two different polish colors to create the inverse of French manicures. One coats the majority of the nail, and the other is delicately applied to look like a crescent moon peeking from the cuticles. Try a red and white combo (a la Dita Von Teese) or a metallic color on the bottom (a la Rihanna).

Look for longevity. Although they require multiple applications because the paint is so thin, Essie brand polishes last surprisingly long. They hold out for about four days before the first chip comes knocking. Not bad for $8 at drugstores.

Drop in dramatic details. Fashion forecasts are calling for a resurgence of detailed manicures, like glittery top coats, cracks made by Katy Perry's OPI Shattered paint and pop art designs of primary color blocks.

Drugstore shoppers should check out the line of Kiss paint and stencil sets. These color trios are packaged with stencil kits with designs like a fleur de lis and stars. Some of the stencils are kind of cheesy (hello, cherries), but the $7 price tag is worth the polish's precise brush tips - necessary if you're doing your arty manicure yourself.