Trend Alert: 4 Fall Looks for Your Nails

Fashion and beauty trends are constantly changing, and our nails are the perfect canvas to showcase our favorite styles of the season. One quick swipe of nail polish remover, and we’re testing out the next trend. Here are four fall 2013 looks we're loving right now.

MOODY TIPS

We’re digging the deep, dark lipstick that dominated the fall fashion runways, but dramatic lips can be hard to pull off during the workday or at school. Instead, try the look as a manicure. Short, well-groomed nails keep the look chic (and just a little bit vampy).

Colors used: Floss Gloss Blood, Suede & Tears (pointer), Zoya Stacy (middle), Floss Gloss Faded (ring), and OPI Vant to Bite My Neck (pinky)

COLOR BLOCKING

The color-blocking trend isn’t new, but the look has matured for fall 2013. Instead of the crazy neons we saw during the summer, cooler weather is all about combining rich, saturated shades like navy and classic red. First, paint each nail with your lightest polish. Next, freehand shapes like triangles, squares, or stripes with contrasting shades. Don’t worry if they’re not perfect—you’ll fix that on the next step. To finish, use a nail-art pen or thin brush to outline each shape with white lacquer—this will clean up any messy lines and give a modern, pop-art feel to your manicure.

Colors used: Floss Gloss Moon Baby, Floss Gloss Faded, and Ruffian Red

GILDED GLAMOUR

One of our favorite makeup looks right now is the gilded eye, which features a dramatic sweep of sparkling gold shadow. To get the look on your nails, begin by painting each nail with a pale nude shade. Add a top coat and let your nails dry completely. Next, apply a circular binder reinforcement sticker to each nail, leaving a crescent shape exposed at the tip of each nail. Fill in the exposed area with gold polish, and then carefully remove the sticker to reveal your finished look.

Colors used: Floss Gloss Dinge and tenoverten worth

LACQUERED LEATHER

Whether you’re into faux or the real deal, leather jackets (and pants if you can pull them off) are the fashion item of the moment. To bring the biker vibe to your manicure, start with a simple black lacquer. Next, sweep away the glossy finish with a matte top coat. For even more edge, use tweezers to press a few small sequins or metal studs (find these at your local craft shop) into the wet polish.

Colors used: Nails Inc. Black Taxi and alessandro Top Coat Matte

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