Alongside a statement haircut or moisturizer upgrade, one of the beauty overhauls signaling the onset of fall is a trip to the nail salon, where each year many of us swipe away summer’s bright fuchsias and tangerines in favor of moody blues, deep crimsons, and blackish plum shades. This year, however, the impending drop in temperatures calls for the opposite approach: A pale nail suddenly feels just right, right now.
The standout shades of the moment speak to autumn’s best qualities: a monochromatic gray to match a thick cable-knit scarf, a light mocha that mirrors a creamy latte, or a tawny yellow to rival those freshly picked Golden Delicious apples at the orchard. And wherever the season takes you—be it getting lost in a corn maze, playing a round of touch football, or merely admiring the foliage from the sidelines—there’s a subtle polish to match. Here, nine charmingly understated colors to dip your fingers into this fall.
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