The calendar turned to autumn two weeks ago, but I have been in full-on fall mode since September 1. I know, I know; I get ahead of myself, but the month of September itself signified the end of summer for myself and I’m sure many of you as well.
As we’re digging out our sweaters, trench coats and suedes, I also like to spend some time digging through my beauty collection for gems I’ve hidden away while favoring electric pink polishes and coral lipstick. Today, it’s all about the polish.
It’s a common misconception that everything fall has to fall (pun intended) into the category of rich and dark. Finally reaching for the bordeaux lacquer again feels good, but there are a multitude of shades suitable for the season. I’m all for vamping it up, but if that’s not up your alley, don’t sweat it! I have rummaged through my three-foot-high stack of polish containers and found some beautiful fall-appropriate shades that won’t leave you feeling like you belong in The Addams Family.
If you love red – I am a sucker for burgundy polish and there is no denying that. I had to include one of my all-time favorite shades by China Glaze that shows up true to bottle color on the nail. Instead of going for a deep red with purple undertones, aim for a brick. These perfectly encapsulate the season for me, and you can find a variety of brick shades that pull cool or warm, choosing what best fits your skin tone.
If you love pink – I think the inclination when transitioning a summer pink to fall is to go for a raspberry. Nothing against raspberry, but blush is highly underrated for fall. It’s a beautiful neutral with just enough warm and cool tones to not give the “mannequin hands” look. Blush is also highly complementary to all of the siennas, burgundies and greens likely to be cropping up in your wardrobe. I’m also a huge fan of mauve for autumn if you’re looking for a slightly deeper shade. It’s not just a shade for your grandmother anymore. There’s something so chic about a glossy mauve mani.
If you love nude – There isn’t a season or occasion that a nude nail isn’t appropriate, but I tend to lean more toward those with a touch of grey or mauve for the cooler weather. I have fallen in love with this L’Oreal shade, surprisingly. The best thing about their polishes? The brushes have rounded tips, making them perfect to get into the cuticle without making a mess!
If you love orange – A great summer orange is always fun and eye-catching, but there’s something about a deeper, more rustic fall orange that I cannot get enough of. Adding in a dimensional shimmer and touch of rust instantly takes you from popsicles to pumpkins. (Oh my God, that’s so cheesy.)
If you love blue – A good royal blue polish can get you through quite a few months of the season, and while I love going navy in the cooler months (After School Boy Blazer by essie is my FAVE), lightening up and throwing in some grey takes you perfectly into fall. essie’s Who is the Boss has become a fall essential for me. I love dusty blues, and I find myself leaving the bright baby blues for April and reaching for cyan and steel blue come October.
If you love green – Green is a quintessential fall color. I had to suggest Zoya Hunter, as it is one of my favorite deep greens that actually appears green on the nail. I feel that olive and sage greens are often overlooked as nail colors. I see a lot of army fatigue green cropping up in wardrobes, but it works perfectly on the nails as well. To avoid looking, how should we say this… sickly, avoid green polishes with yellow undertones. Julep Hannah is a gorgeous olive shade that’s suitable on many skin tones, and essie Da Bush is one of my all-time favorite greens, and is a highly complementary sage.
I hope I’ve inspired you to try something new this season! Don’t go throwing away all of your classic fall shades, but remember that a little (pumpkin) spice never hurt anyone. (Oh, the cheese again! OK. Now I’m done.)