Usually, deep reds and autumn hues dominate fall manicures, but this year we’re seeing a surge in blue, with Taylor Swift, Lena Dunham and Jessica Biel all wearing azure shades. Celebrity manicurist Jin Soon Choi credits the bold hue’s universal appeal. “Blue is a chic color that looks great on all skin tones,” she told InStyle.com. Before layering on a dark lacquer, take an extra minute to prep your nails, as “high color pigments tend to stain nails,” Choi said. Her tips: After shaping nails (Choi suggests short nails with a natural square tip for a modern mani), apply a nail strengthener as a protective base coat. Let dry and apply two layers of your chosen hue. “Make sure to apply the color evenly for a chic look as opposed to a Gothic one,” she adds. Top it off with an extra-high-gloss top coat for a sophisticated finish.
Plus, check out our gallery of our favorite fall polishes.