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Fall Nail Color Trends For 2012

While the prospect of cold weather and cloudy skies has me cringing, the new polish trends poking their way onto runways and beauty lines for the 2012 fall season have me giddy for the months ahead.  Scarves and bags are great, but these lust-worthy lacquers are sure to make your nails your favorite accessory this fall.  Colors reminiscent of black magic, forbidden romance, deep neutrals, iconic artwork, and textured prints are all the buzz.  So whether you're preparing for tailgating, homecoming, pumpkin picking, or just another day at the office, these haute polish trends will guarantee that your style is still steamy hot- even if the weather no longer is.

Fall 2012 nail polish trend black Dark and Mysterious

This season's trend takes feminine colors, like purple and red, and spins them into something alluringly dark.  Relying on deeper, darker hues, metallic undertones, and chunky sparkle, these fall shades are sultry and feminine, laced with all the intrigue of something forbidden. To pull off this look, browse for darker-than-usual berry shades and edgy metallics.  In order to keep nails from looking too sinister, keep them manicured to a shorter length, with square tips and rounded off corners.

Fall 2012 nail polish color trends purple red pink burgundy dark shimmer sparkle

Striking Neutrals

Not huge on color, but want to it up a little more than everyday taupe or nude?  This season is bringing back neutrals, but with a richer, cozier feel.  Great for pairing with a comfy fall sweater or chic ballet flats, these hues' trendy shades draw just the right amount of attention to your nails.  To pull off the look, search for deep shades of traditional neutral colors, and shimmery shades of cocoa brown and concrete gray.  Prevent your polish from looking too summery by keeping nudes at least a shade darker than your skin, and shimmer to only stronger colors.

Fall 2012 nail polish color trends nude beige taupe grey brown neutral


This season's ombre trend is leaving no beauty territory untouched.  Hair, lips, eyes... and nails!  Pick up your favorite polish (we think it looks best with conspicuous colors like midnight blue, jade green, or one of fall's new bold berry hues), look for a few polishes similar, but a few shades lighter, and blend away!  Whether you create your color transition from the bed of the nail to the tip, or from the thumb to the pinky nail, ombre is all the rage, and is sure to make any nails look avant garde and uber-glam.

Fall 2012 nail polish color trends ombre berry pink purple red black berry

Want to try the ombre look out without hitting the salon?  Follow the Beauty Department's simple photo tutorial!

Beauty department photo tutorial ombre nail polish fall 2012 trend blue pink

Artist's Canvas

From Van Gough's Starry Night to Andy Warhol's colorful pop art creations, this season's nails are turning to iconic artists near and far for inspiration.  This look- incorporating the brightest hues, the boldest patterns, the most sparkling metallics and the most textured prints (whoever said leather and snake skin don't belong on nails?)- is for the bold and the brave. Here are a few of our favorite creative masterpieces:

Fall 2012 nail polish trends art inspired pop van gough starry cosmic runway rachel anotoff

Fall 2012 nail polish color trend art van gough cosmic rachel anotoff runway

As leaves begin to fall and the thermometer plummets, don't let your nail style take the plunge with them!  Follow our 2012 fall trend tips, hit up Pinterest for some lust-worthy borrowed musings, and get those perfectly polished nails that will leave your hands more vivid than the fall foliage.

Fall 2012 nail polish color trends green jade emerald french manicure pop art

And as always, don't forget to send us pictures of your craveable cold weather colors!

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