Fall Nail Trends

If there were ever a time to change your nail polish from ballet slipper to burgundy, it's now. Fall trends not only include luxe fabrics (including fur) and tweeds -- which demand high-gloss nail color -- but designs are inspired by such disparate yet demanding styles of the 1950s, the 1980s, the Far East and old Russia. Essie Weingarten, president and founder of Essie Cosmetics, Ltd, says this is the season of "everything indulgent."

The good news: You can share in all this glamour without purchasing a single item of clothing. Simply change your nail polish. "There is nothing like a well-manicured hand with rich, deep color," says Essie. "It makes a fashion statement, even if you don't go out and buy a new wardrobe."

Colors this season are so indulgent, she adds, that she named her fall collection after candies, including dark chocolate truffle, pecan, bitter chocolate, toffee and raspberry cream.

"These as well as other luscious, rich and deep shades are particularly complimentary to browns and the subtle, bright yarns in tweeds," Essie says. "The tweeds on the runway were exciting, and I loved all the browns. Brown is the new basic for fall. It's replacing the black of yesteryear."

If you wear dark polish, keep these tips in mind:

  • Think of dark polish as an accessory, and don't overdo it by wearing lots of jewelry

  • Be sure to apply a base coat, because dark polish can stain nails yellow

  • If you get a manicure at the salon, purchase the dark shade they use so you can touch up your polish as needed (even the tiniest chips are unsightly when your polish is dark)

Meanwhile, if you love nude and pink polishes, go for it, says Essie. These shades never go out of style. Just remember to apply a base coat, as the lighter polishes show every nail flaw, nook and cranny. And you might want to try layering two different pale shades to create your own color.

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