Beauty Beat: Fall 2012 Nail Trends

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Beauty // Kathryn Romeyn // 10/03/12
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Even though it’s still scorchingly hot in many places across the country, I’m personally more than ready to transition to fall tones. I’ll miss my neon orange toes of summer, but there are so many exciting color families to explore this season. Fall runways seemed to go one of two ways (when not showing off nail art, that is): dark and creamy or nude and barely-there.

On catwalks like Jen Kao, Karen Walker, Rebecca Taylor and Catherine Malandrino, manis walked on the dark side, ranging from jet-black to almost-black reds, midnights and graphites. Meanwhile, at Christian Cota, The Row and Derek Lam, models flashed super natural creamy-beige nudes that translated to an almost bare look, think Essie Brooch the Subject and Estee Lauder’s Nude Attitude.

Fall lacquers are totally reflective of this two-sided focus. Chanel offers both Frenzy, a lilac-y beige, and Vertigo, a deep inky gray, and Essie’s brand-new Stylenomics line also goes from the greige Miss Fancy Pants to an aubergine Skirting the Issue and even the deep, deep evergreen Stylenomics. In addition, Zoya’s 2012 NYFW Designer collection speaks to the dark take on cream textures with six shades ranging from midnight to deep purple. Floss Gloss’s Partybruise epitomizes the almost gothic spirit with its eggplanty brown-blue cream sheen.

If you know me, I’m not one to easily choose just one color. Fortunately, several runways managed to perfectly mix the two sides of light and dark, like LAMB’s half-and-half nude and burgundy design and Donna Karan’s oxblood-tipped French fingers. This fall I’m stoked to dip a finger in both ponds by doing something with a perfectly-matched-to-my-skin-tone base (I’m F2 in HIPPxRGB’s genius Nail Foundation line) and a moody green, aubergine or navy tip. It may not be living on the edge, but it’s so this fall.

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