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.
Do the changing seasons have you stumped? If you’re not sure what color to choose for your nails right now, you’re not alone. Lucky for us, Pantone’s Fall 2012 Color Report is here to help. These 10 shades will be showing up all season in clothes, makeup and of course, polish.
French Roast: If black nail polish feels too harsh, try a rich chocolate brown instead. Essie Lady Godiva is a smooth, deep brown with an equally sweet name.
Honey Gold: Instead of the bright yellows from this summer, choose a warmer honey shade, or try a gold metallic to add some sparkle to the holidays. Zoya Ziv is a super-luxe, shimmery gold.
Pink Flambé: Bright pink is a bold statement for fall, especially when paired with dark or neutral cold-weather clothes. Try RGB Pink, an eye-catching, saturated shade.
Tangerine Tango: Orange is the ultimate fall color—pumpkin pie, anyone? Zoya Coraline from the Zoya Blogger Collection by Birchbox is a bright, buildable tangerine with a jelly formula.
Ultramarine Green: Not too light and not too dark, this shade is universally flattering for all skin tones. Give Nails Inc. Seven Dials a try, even if you’ve sworn off green polish in the past.
Bright Chartreuse: Fashion risk-takers, this color is for you. We love OPI’s Don’t Talk Bach to Me for a loud pop of yellow-hued green.
Olympian Blue: A nail polish collection isn’t complete without a good blue, and this season’s saturated, mid-hued shade doesn’t disappoint. Try Color Club Insta-This from the Birchbox and Color Club Custom Collection.
Titanium: Grey is a great alternative to nudes or pale pinks, especially in the colder months. Pick Nails Inc. The Thames for a sophisticated yet on-trend mani.
Rhapsody: This dusty lilac shade is a seasonal update on the pale pastels of spring and summer. Essie She’s Picture Perfect is just right for fall with its touch of iridescent shimmer.
Rose Smoke: This flattering pink-hued nude is a polish staple this season. Try Deborah Lippmann’s Modern Love for classic, fool-proof fall nails.