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Fall Beauty Dare: Show Off Your Feet!

Based in Washington D.C., Ayren Jackson-Cannady is so savvy that we wished she lived closer to NYC so that we could swap products with her. This beauty writer knows what’s up (she’s written for FitnessGlamour, and Gloss Daily) and we’re excited to have her sharing her know-how and multi-culti beauty expertise as a contributing editor. 

I Love fall (Love it with a capital L). The drapey sweaters, the candy corn, the crisp, fresh air! But, if there’s one thing that really irks me about the season it’s that fall is precisely when our poor toes start to play second fiddle to, well, everything. No more neon pink polish. No more strappy sandals to show off a fresh pedicures. No more caring. And, why should we? We just wind up stuffing our feet into super cute boots to hide any visible flaking or callousing. Then, when we see them again, the sight of our jagged toenails and dry cuticles just depresses us so we quickly slip them into our reindeer slippers.

But here’s my fall challenge to you (and myself): Make it all about your toes. Rock the bright polish, give yourself pedicures, and play with nail art. Here are some ideas from CND nail expert Candice Manacchio to making foot care fun in the fall.

Treat Yourself to a Spa-like Pedi 
"Beach Feet"—a.k.a dry and calloused feet from sand and sandals—need extra exfoliation and a bunch of moisture, says Manacchio. At home, soak your feet in warm water and some olive oil. Then exfoliate them with an equal mix of sugar, honey, and more olive oil to slough off dead skin. Rinse and moisturize with straight shea butter or a heavy duty moisturizer (I like Ahava Mineral Foot Cream). Keep toes looking fresh with daily use of cuticle oil.

Don’t Stow Away Your Bold Bright Polishes
"They are still a hit," says Manacchio. "Especially if you add a little ‘nail fashion.’" She suggests taking a makeup sponge and dipping it into your favorite bright polish, and then stippling it onto a dark base color like navy blue. Add a glitter top coat and you’ll have the Starry Night nail look from Rachel Antonoff’s Fall 2012 runway. Bam!

Let Your Creative Juices Flow
On a chilly day when you just want to stay indoors and cozy up to a fire, try one of these ideas. 
1) “Whatever base color you use, match that same hue to craft glitter,” says Manacchio. Simply apply the glitter to the top of your wet polish with a small makeup brush. The finer the glitter the better.

2) Do an ombre fade by painting each toe from darkest to lightest in the same hue. For example, paint the pinky nail dark purple, then the ring finger slightly lighter than the first and so on. 

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