This velvety finish is a trend you'll want to try on your fingernails, even if it's just once. It's edgy but still very wearable — just keep nails filed short and square at the top, says Jillian Dempsey, Avon Global Color Creative Director and Hollywood makeup artist.
Avon Matte Nail Enamel in Violetta, $5; avon.com
Although it looks violet in the bottle, on nails it takes on a more grayish hue, thus becoming a lovely hybrid shade. Better grab a bottle fast — we can see this following in the sell-out footsteps of Jade and Black Satin.
Chanel Nail Colour in Paradoxal, $23; chanel.com
This shade hails from China Glaze's Vintage Vixen collection for fall. Inspired by the glamour of the '40s, this jewel-toned turquoise can be layered to take on a moodier, deeper green.
China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Emerald Fitzgerald, $6.50; sallybeauty.com
This season, classic cherry-red nails are stepping aside to make room for their darker counterparts. Turn to this crimson creme polish on days you want to bring out your inner vixen.
Essie Limited Addiction, $8; essieshop.com
Lots of Glitter
Pop culture is a huge influence on beauty trends, and we like to think that Deborah Lippmann harnessed that affinity in these two hues. Across the Universe (pictured left) pays homage to the 2007 award-nominated movie-musical. The navy polish has flashy blue and green specks, which take on the form of nail art. Lippmann went Gaga over Bad Romance (right), a smoky black hue infused with purple glitter. They go on sheer, so you'll need to layer for maximum color.
$18 each, lippmanncollection.com
Blues get a little brighter this season, which is good news if you're not ready to give up your electric summer colors just yet. MAC has teamed up with nail genius Jin Soon for the Nail Trend F/W 2010 collection, inspired by Imperial China. This particular hue reminds us of the detail on antique Chinese plates.
MAC Nail Lacquer in Ming Blue, $13; maccosmetics.com
Light Purple and Graphite
OPI's Swiss Collection, like any of its spreads, includes an impressive array of colors, and we couldn't choose just one. The Color to Watch (pictured left), surely lives up to its vain name the shimmery lavender is one of those great in-between-seasons transition colors. Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous (right) is a sheer dark gray glitter layer it on for an edgier look.
$8 each, opi.com
This spill looks as if we're gazing out into the starry night sky through a telescope and we're not too far off course. Orly's Cosmic FX Collection is all about metallics and texture. This hue is a black-plum mixture that will make your fingers and toes look out of this world.
This on-the-verge-of-pink shade is flattering on most skin tones. The neutral color will balance out your look amid all the sequins, leather, and hardware of this fall's fashion trends.
Pop Beauty Nail Glam in O'Boy, $10; cvs.com
"Greige" (Gray and Beige)
Although this hybrid color made its debut last fall, the surface of its popularity was barely scratched. Used on the Tracy Reese F/W runway, this hue channels the super-soft and lush fabrics worn in the show.
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Fedora, $7; mass retailers
The mix of silver and bronze makes this sheer pewter a keeper for the holidays. It's festive but still sophisticated for when you're looking to add a little flash to your nails.
Sephora by OPI Nail Colour in Already Famous, $9; sephora.com