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Red Carpet-Inspired Polish: Mani Monday

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.


Most of us won’t be sporting a Dior gown any time soon, but that doesn’t mean we can’t draw beauty inspiration from Oscar night glamour. Award show gowns are one of the best trend-predictors, especially when it comes to color. This year, pale neutrals, saturated blues, and shiny metallics ruled the red carpet. What do these three shades have in common? They translate beautifully to nail polish.

Dress Inspiration: Naomi Watts in metallic Armani Privé.

Try This: Shiny foil-like finishes are huge right now, and lucky for us, metallic polish is easy to pull off. Silvers, golds, and other metallic shades look great on just about everyone. For a gorgeous gold, pick up tenoverten in Worth, or try Deborah Lippmann’s Moon Rendezvous for an unexpected blue metallic.

Dress Inspiration: Reese Witherspoon in bright blue Louis Vuitton.

Try This: Cobalt is rich, saturated, and really makes a statement. Look polished and put-together in blue by keeping nails short and well groomed. Color Club Insta-This is a dead-ringer for Reese’s dress.

Dress Inspiration: Amy Adams in a pale blue-grey Oscar de la Renta gown.

Try This: Amy took a risk with this dramatic (and stunning) look on the red carpet, but pale grey is actually one of the easiest nail colors to wear. An added bonus: it’s a great alternative to pinks and neutrals for the office. The perfect match? RGB Dove, a barely-there grey with the softest touch of blue.

Here are three more red carpet inspired trends to steal for your fingers right now.

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