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Perfect Polish Pairs: How to Apply the Latest Nail Toppers for the Ultimate Mani

Color Chameleon

These shade-morphing Ruby Wing polishes make us feel a little bit like a superhero—the minute we step outside into the sunlight, our secret, color-changing power emerges. And as a top coat, we’re loving Ride ‘Em Cowgirl—the sparkly gold transforms into copper-red glitter in sunlight.

Sheer Sensation

We at Birchbox love a good innovation, and nail polish is no exception. Take the latest from OPI: Sheer Tints. Since they’re buildable, you can get anything from a translucent wash to a saturated ombre. For the ombre effect pictured here, start with one coat of pale blue polish. Next, use OPI Sheer Tints in I Can Teal You Like Me, concentrating most of the hue (think multiple coats) at the tips. Getting an ombre effect with dark polish is tricky, so these sheer toppers are polish perfection.

Matte Metallics

Metallic = shiny, right? Think again. This season, it’s all about the matte nail—especially when paired with silver, gold, and other metal-hued lacquers. To get this unexpected look, start with your favorite metallic polish, like Color Club Dark N’ Stormy. When the polish is dry, add one to two coats of a matte top coat—we’re loving this shine-free formula from Ruffian. You’ll be left with modern, textured nails—a match made in style heaven!

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