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Beauty & Beyond: The Nail Polish Edition

Don'??t point. My mom always told me that. I tell my daughter that. It'??s what we do from generation to generation to keep a world of good manners. That is'?¦don'??t point'?¦unless you just got engaged within the last three months. Then you'??re allowed to point at everything, but only with your left hand. Gotta show off the bling in the most obviously subtle way.

I also find myself pointing unnecessarily when I get my nails done. This is a treat I don'??t often do (although my tootsies are always painted). But when I indulge, it'??s as if my gestures suddenly become over-exaggerated. '??Look at me'?¦I mean, look over there,'? I say as I point to something in the distance.

This being said, I plan on doing my nails a lot more this fall. Mainly because the trends I'??ve seen are workable not over-the-top colors'?¦or should I say over-the-tip.

Thought I would point out a few I saw on the Fall 2011 runways shows. There'??s a richness and luxury, somewhat earthy feeling'?? think lush greens, full-bodied reds and multi-dimensional metallics.


Get a Green Light
From olive to hunter, military-inspired colors dominated the fall runways. I'??m in love with this color range, so I immediately ran out to paint my nails in Deborah Lippmann'??s Billionaire (seen above), a moody hunter green that'??s just on the shelves. It'??s a dark, lush color reminiscent of an Army surplus jacket. I also love: MAC Fatigues ($1 for anyone who guesses what this color looks like) and Nicole by OPI'??s Green Up Your Act!. If you'??re getting a mani/pedi, ask for OPI'??s Uh-Oh Roll Down The Window. Amazingly rich color with a name that makes me nauseous.

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Really Red
Red nails aren'??t a new concept, but the brightness behind them this season is staggering. Check out Wet 'n Wild's Caught Red Handed, ORLY's Emberstone (a shimmery almost metallic red...there two trends, one color) and All Fired Up by Sally Hansen, available at drugstores.


Not exactly an every-day wearable color, but it'??s fun to shimmer at parties or for a night out. And there'??s certainly flare in today'??s metallic. Don'??t just think golds (although those are certainly on the top of my list). Think metallic blues or greens. They add a bit of femininity without being too girly or over-the-top. I like Barielle'??s Jess'?? Champagne Toast (a metallic violet with Rose Gold Glitter) and Nars Kismet (metallic sunflower).

Ombre Trend
When this faded (so to speak) out of the hair color trends, it picked up in nail color. Ombre is a fading effect'??darker to lighter or vice versa. This is ridiculously hard to do on one nail. I'??ve tried. Result=a childish mess and a logistical nightmare. So if you want to do this cutesy trend, instead stick with a color family and paint a different shade on each nail going from lighter to dark. Kaley Cuoco from the Big Bang Theory had this done for the Emmys, although she kicked up the fun (and young) quotient by actually doing a different color family on each nail. Little too random for me, but hey'?¦I wasn'??t invited to the Emmys.

Cheryl Fenton is a Boston-based freelance writer, who writes beauty, fashion and fitness for Boston Common, Stuff and Glamour magazines, as well as her own

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