Fall 2011 Nail Colors and Trends.

by Elizabeth Leva, scoopFASHION blogger

COLORS: Darks and Metallics

I often think the most indicative trait of an approaching Autumn is not the changing of the leaves, but the changing of the nail polish. With the first breath of Fall, we rub off those neons, slap a coat of black polish on our nails and dart to the nearest Starbucks to wrap them around a Pumpkin Spice Latte as soon as they are dry.

But this year, explore the rest of the dark side. Navy, charcoal grey, burgundy, chocolate and dark greens, purples, browns and reds are some fabulous (and more transitional) Fall nail color alternatives to black.  Essie always offers an affordable selection of colors spot on with the trends and is available in Target and many drug stores.

“Wicked” by Essie (dark red):

“Devil’s Advocate” by Essie (dark plum):

“Power Clutch” by Essie (dark grey/green):

“Midnight Cami” by Essie (dark blue):

Prefer something with a little more glimmer? You’re in luck! Metallic nails are still a HUGE trend- and I would be doing you a disservice to mention metallic nails without strongly suggesting these gorgeous shades by the ever-popular, excellently made Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour collection.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in “Gold Lame”:


Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in “Quartz”, “Peridot” and “Graphite”:

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in “Black Pearl”:

TEXTURES: Glitter and Matte

If a simple metallic sheen isn’t enough bling for your digits, kick up the glitz by adding one of  these fabulous glitter lacquers by Deborah Lippmann to any of your favorite polish colors (light or dark), or just wear them alone. The color combinations are endless!

“Boom Pow” Nail Lacquer by Deborah Lippmann at Neiman Marcus:

“Stairway To Heaven” Nail Lacquer by Deborah Lippmann at Neiman Marcus:

“I Love The Nightlife” Nail Lacquer by Deborah Lippmann at Neiman Marcus:

“Bad Romance” Nail Lacquer by Deborah Lippmann at NM:

Not a fan of shimmer or glitter? Head in the complete opposite direction to try another extremely popular nail trend, matte polish.  The best thing about this trend is that by purchasing one new product, you can make all of your existing colors look different. Just apply the matte top coat and prepare to be amazed by the new look of your polishes.


You can play around with mixing glossy and matte polishes, too:

TECHNIQUES: New takes on ombre and reverse french

You may know about the glitter trend and the ombre trend, but how about mixing those ideas? This DIY tutorial gives step by step instructions for achieving this super chic look.

The reverse French manicure trend has also been popular for a while now. While we knew to  flip the colors…..who knew to flip the shape !!  Check out this awesome tutorial for how to give your reverse French manicure an even MORE different look.



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