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The following post was written by Alison Elle, who blogs at Alison*Elle, and is part of POPSUGAR Select Beauty.
Fall weather means cozy knits, warm drinks and, of course, seasonally appropriate nails! I especially love wearing rich, dark nail colors during the cooler months but always like to add a little pizzazz when I can. This easy-to-do glitter manicure is sure to get you lots of compliments and can be adapted depending on the polishes you have in your collection.
- Start with a base coat like Clinique A Different Nail Enamel Base and Top Coat ($13) to protect your nails from staining.
- Paint on a dark base polish. I used Clinique A Different Nail Enamel in Black Honey ($13), which is a deep burgundy/wine, but similar options include Essie Wicked ($8) or LACC Beauty in 1940 ($14).
- Apply a chunky gold glitter on the lower half of your nails. Be sure to pat the glitter on, rather than brushing, to have more control over the placement (you may have to do a few layers to get your desired effect). I used Avon Frosty 'N Fab Glitter Nail Enamel in Golden Tinsel ($4), but Sephora by OPI Only Gold For Me ($5, originally $10) is similar.
- Seal with a top coat like Revlon Extra Life No Chip Top Coat ($6) to protect your work.
And there you have it: Fall-fabulous nails!
A french manicure may be the go-to nail design for weddings, but challenge that old-fashioned idea with a fresh new take on classic and pretty nail art for the modern bride. The pearl and rhinestone nail design above is from Stephanie Lavery, editor in chief of Nail It! Magazine. Here's how to get the look.
- Apply your base coat and then two coats of a nude or light pink polish to the nails.
- Use nail glue to adhere flat-backed nail art pearls, which you can find in beauty supply stores, to the nails.
- Next, individually glue rhinestones around the pearl to create a floral design. Use an orangewood stick with top coat to easily pick up the rhinestones and place them onto the nail.
- Finish by sealing the design with a top coat. You'll have an understated design with the right amount of sparkle to accent your new wedding jewels.
Some say navy is the new black, and others would argue that gray is the top moody shade, but here's the truth: green polish is in for Fall. Leave the mints and seafoams for Spring, however, and try on something darker this season, like olive or forest. On the Prabal Gurung runway (above), models wore a green and gold combination. And in the past few months, we've also been seeing this trend in the beauty aisles. Matte shades are always in style, but holographic effects are also on the rise. Scroll down to see our favorite green hues for Fall.
Sephora Formula X in Tornado ($11)
Shop more of our favorite hunter and holographic green nail shades after the jump.
If your wedding is happening during the Fall months, consider this prime time for leaving the traditional pale pinks and french manicures behind. Autumnal hues and seasonal beauty trends give you plenty of reasons to try something a little unexpected on your fingertips. Let one of these striking shades help you show off your brand-new wedding jewels.
Gold: A soft metallic like Deborah Lippmann Believe ($17) will only enhance the sparkle on your ring finger. But you can alway try a more yellow gold or chromatic silver depending on what looks best with your jewelry.
Navy: For a surprising take on something blue, try a deeper shade like Butter London Royal Navy ($15) on your fingertips or toes.
Red: This bold hue screams timeless beauty, and Diorific Vernis in Marilyn ($26) is a decadent take on cherry red. The color will pop against any wedding gown.
Berry: Trade in the sheer pinks of springtime weddings for a richer shade of berry like Sephora Formula X in Riotous ($11).
Nude: From soft taupes like Ciaté Paint Pot in Cookies & Cream ($15) to warm browns like Givenchy Vernis Please! Nail Lacquer in Delicate Brown ($17), go for a creamy nude that's completely opaque for a standout nail that's still subdued.
Plum: Rich eggplant hues are a Fall favorite, and we like the vampy version of Essie Sole Mate ($8) for an elegant take on plum. You can also top it off with a matte topcoat to add a velvet-like texture for an added take on luxe.
As you fully embrace Fall beauty trends this month, don't forget about your nails. Sure, you can just trade in your Summer hues for darker polishes, but there are a few other fresh ways to update your manicure look right now.
1. Go for deep royal shades. "Not jewel tones but darker, edgier tones of purple, teal, red, and brown," says Danielle Candido, the lead nail pro and educator for Gelish.
2. Nail art is still in. "Nail art is no longer confined to painting intricate designs on an individual nail," Candido explains. "Now, nail art is more conceptual and driven by the current fashion and textile trends." She recommends trying a matte top coat to give your manicure an edgier texture or leathered appearance. She also adds, "Bits of mylar and glitter added to gel polishes give the surface a chunky and gritty feel."
3. Dress up your nails for Halloween. "Beginners can make a spooky impression just by adding a matte top coat instead of a shiny one," she says. "A more advanced style is to drop little droplets of shiny top coat at the free edge." And for the very skilled DIYer, Candido recommends trying a tricolored fade of yellow, orange, and red, with holiday-themed appliqués of spiderwebs and ghosts on top.
Through the decades, iconic stars Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn have inspired a plethora of beauty products, from skin creams to makeup palettes. And now you can count polish brand LCN among the most recent. Its new-for-Fall Charade Collection ($8 each, $25 for the four-piece set) includes earth-toned colors inspired by silver-screen legends Audrey Hepburn, Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe, and Elizabeth Taylor.
Audrey, a gorgeous jade, is the quintessential Fall green, while Marilyn, a rich, deep melon, is an autumnal take on Summer's ubiquitous coral. Rita is a golden yellow, and Liz lends a dramatic plum tone that's the ideal complement to your cool-weather fashions. From warm to cool, these polishes offer a little something for everyone.
Beyoncé welcomed October with a snap on Instagram, showing off a bright pink manicure with her pinkie decked out in one of the latest polishes to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Do like Queen Bey, and flip through the pretty pink lacquers that give back to breast cancer research. Nab the sparkling shade from Beyoncé's photo, and mix and match it with the other polishes that give back.
If you're expanding your at-home library for National Book Month, these beauty volumes should be on your wish list. They're good for so much more than keeping glass stains off your coffee table. Each page is packed with hair, makeup, and nail tips from celebrities and industry insiders. Whether you like a good self-help book, prefer a historical drama, or salivate over amazing photography, there is an option here for you. Click through to start your romance with all things beauty.
These bloody tips are the perfect accent to any Halloween costume, and it's an easy three-step look. Editor in chief of Nail It! magazine Stephanie Lavery created the look using an extremely pale pink as the base. After painting two coats, she went back with a dotting tool to place four random dots along the top of the nail. If you don't have a dotting tool, you can just dab dots using the end of the polish brush. Lastly, go back and connect the dots to the tip of your nail and seal with a top coat. Don't worry about perfection, it should look drippy, after all. For a more gory version, why not try an oxblood hue on a bare nail? Now if only pulling together our Halloween costumes could be this easy.