Lacquers We Love: 10 Hot Hues for Your Nails
This season, heavy metals are going vintage, taking on a slight patina quality. We’re obsessed with the lived-in feel created by OPI’s Designer Series Pewter ($9.50; opi.com for locations) and Givenchy’s Bronze Precieux ($20; sephora.com). Chromatic formulas like Deborah Lippmann’s Autumn in New York ($20; deborahlippmann.com) and Bobbi Brown’s Golden Beige ($15; bobbibrown.com) also prove to be extra glamorous, merging an Old Hollywood vibe with a modern metallic finish.
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In the market for something truly outrageous? Look no further than Maybelline’s Amethyst Aura ($4; drugstore.com) Chanel’s Atmosphere ($27; chanel.com), and Sephora’s Mesmerize ($13; sephora.com), which amp up even the most basic nude hues with minimal effort. Because the iridescent glitters are super-fine, the effect is more chic than childish.
Whether or not you’ve hopped on the 50 Shades bandwagon, there’s no denying that this trio of lacquers is completely sexy, yet unassuming (not unlike Christian Grey himself). Dior’s Junon ($25; dior.com) and TenOverTen’s Essex ($18; sephora.com) are classic pale concrete hues, while a deep shade like Chanel’s Orage ($27; chanel.com) is a more risque option.
Walking the line between teal and navy, shimmery tones like Orly’s Smoked Out ($9; orlybeauty.com), Leighton Denny’s Hypnotic ($19; net-a-porter.com), and Giorgio Armani’s Amethyst ($20; giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com) serve as a slight reminder of summer nights spent at the beach, while staying in line with fall’s subdued shades. Not into sparkle? Try YSL’s Bleu Galuchat ($27; yslbeautyus.com).
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We’ve never met a glass of wine we didn’t like, and decadent Bordeaux-colored lacquers like Burberry’s Oxblood ($22; burberry.com) and MAC’s Sunset Sky ($14; maccosmetics.com) prove to be just as refreshing on your tips as the drink is on your lips. Another honorable mention: CND’s Crimson Sash ($10; cnd.com for locations), whose color won’t fade even after a week of wear.
Red nail polish is a classic for a reason: It flatters every skin tone and makes a statement without taking away from the rest of your look. Candy apple tones like Essie’s Dress to Kilt ($9; essie.com) will forever be a mainstay, but darker, unconventional shades like Urban Decay’s Pulp Fiction ($15; urbandecay.com) and Butter London’s Bric-a-Brac ($15; butterlondon.com) charge the elegant hue with an extra dose of sex appeal.