As much as we love nail art, we’re better at admiring designs than coming up with them ourselves. That’s why we’ve enlisted Anna Norman, the smarty pants behind Glitter, She Wrote, to be a regular contributor. Every Monday, she’ll be sharing her latest lacquer inspiration—you won’t be satisfied with plain ol’ polish again.
As the seasons change and you begin reaching for sweaters and boots instead of sundresses and flip flops, it’s prime time to revamp your nail polish wardrobe, too. I’ve loved the brights and neons from the summer, but I’m so ready for fall. Here are my five color picks to keep your nails in top form this autumn:
Holographic: I’m crazy about the subtle holographic polishes popping up in fall collections this year. Holos are more subdued than big, chunky glitters, but still pack an eye-catching, sparkly punch. I’m wearing Butter London Dodgy Barnett, a pale grey with a barely-there holographic sheen.
Forest green: Green can be an intimidating color for even the most daring of us, but in a dark, muted shade, it’s perfect for fall. I chose Going Incognito, a deep green creme from Essie. Try Deborah Lippmann Don’t Tell Mama for a gorgeous emerald with a subtle hint of shimmer.
Greige: Update your standard pale pink or nude with “greige”—that hard-to-describe shade somewhere between grey and beige, often with a hint of brown or purple. Try Zoya Carey or OPI Berlin There, Done That, which I’m wearing today on my middle nail.
Eggplant: Every girl needs one great dark polish in her collection, but black or nearly-black can look harsh, and isn’t always workplace-friendly. Deep purple is a great alternative and it’s universally flattering, especially with a hint of red or a little shimmer. I’m wearing OPI Every Month is Oktoberfest, one of my favorite new polishes of the year.
Tangerine: Everyone’s been talking about Tangerine Tango, the standout shade from Pantone’s Fall 2012 Color Report, and I couldn’t agree more. Orange is a bright, updated alternative to the classic red. Try Deborah Lippmann Lara’s Theme or Kure Bazaar Afrika, which I’m wearing today on my pinky finger.
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