Professional-looking results are all about the base—and the top coat! If you’re DIY-ing it, industry veteran Logan swears by OPI Infinite Shine 1 Primer Base Coat and Shine 3 Gloss Top Coat (each $12.50 for .5 fluid ounces; www.ulta.com). They last like a gel but don’t require a UV lamp to harden. Logan also suggests refreshing your nails by applying an additional layer of top coat three days after your mani.
Now for the fun part: picking the polish. These are the shades that should be in rotation for your tips and toes this fall.
You only need one coat of Marc
Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Polish in Blacquer, which blends the boldness of black with the high- shine of lacquer ($18 for .43 fluid ounces; www.sephora.com).
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A gorgeous khaki green, Formula X The Nail Colors in Intrepid is chic worn solo and stunning paired with a metallic gold French tip ($10.50 for .4 fluid ounces; www.sephora.com).
Want to go classic for fall? ZOYA Lacquer in Courtney is a sophisticated dark ruby shade ($10 for .5 fluid ounces;
Lacking the pro touch when it comes to DIY nails jobs? Spray ^erf®ct Spray °n Nail Polish sticks only to the base coat, so you can nnse mess-ups off ($19.99 for 1.7- uid ounce spray-on polish and .d4-flu(d ounce top and base coaf www.buysprayperfect.com)
A vibrant poppy,
Lacquer in Cahuenga
Pass stands out against a darker fall wardrobe. The new brush design hugs cuticles for a flawless application ($8.50 for .6 fluid ounces; www.orlybeauty.com).
OPI Nail Lacquer in Pale to the Chief is a creamy bisque hue that’s flattering against all skin tones ($10 for .5 fluid ounces;
A bronze shimmer over a black base,
Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Nail Polish in All Night
Long reads as a rich metallic brown with a gel-like finish ($20 for .5 fluid ounces; www.sephora.com)
On-trend but neutral, ORLY Lacquer in Mansion Lane is a stylish shade of stone ($8.50 for .6 fluid ounces;
The gold metallic shimmer in ZOYA
Lacquer in Ash ups the fun factor of this cherry-red polish ($10 for .5 fluid ounces;
JIN soon Nail Polish in Beau is a moody shade of teal—fall’s version of summer’s blue trend ($18 for .37 fluid ounces;
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Not only will this copper color complement all skin tones, but NAILS
INC. Gel Effect Polish in Crown
Palace contains charcoal to protect nails from toxins and pollutants ($15 for .47
fluid ounces; www.nailsinc.com).
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