The Weekend Nail Detox: Reasons to Embrace the (Almost) Bare Pedicure

Photographed by Raymond Meier, Vogue, July 2005

If the summer season has inspired you to paint your nails in shades ranging from cerulean to neoprene pink polish, a well-timed detox pedicure may be in order this Labor Day weekend. Brilliantly positioned somewhere between a clean buff and the sheerest imaginable shade of nude color, a growing category of transparent lacquers known as nail foundations are the ultimate palette cleansers. Using sleight-of-hand special effects, the formulas lay down an almost transparent coat of nutrient-rich pigment that hides imperfections and gives a healthier hint of even color, making them the perfect three-day transition into the first days of fall while you contemplate a new color mood.

Case in point: Deborah Lippmann’s new variation functions like a CC cream that invisibly fills in ridges and brightens for a supernaturally healthy look, while Nails Inc’s Nailkale Illuminator adds the subtlest iridescent glaze that strengthens with aldehyde, zinc, and calcium. From HIPPxRGB’s tawny color (specifically designed to work with deeper skin tones) to Dior’s Nail Glow (which disappears to a clear finish that adds subtle sparkle and shine), these barely there polishes will ensure nails are primed for a nearly nude showing.