Better Off Bare-------
The Fall shows saw their fair share of in-your-face nail art (think: Prabal Gurung, Ruffian, and Topshop), but things took a turn for the subtle during the second half of the season, with foundation-inspired hues turning up at Jean Paul Gautier, Yves Saint Laurent, and Giambattista Valli. Unlike picking out a classic crimson or muted gold, finding the perfect flesh-toned nail color can be a daunting task, which is presumably what inspired a few brands to launch one or more of their own. Here, our top five picks for going nude.
Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in Naked
This clean, bare beige from Lippmann’s successful spring collection is a boon to medium complexions with a cool undertone.
Rococo Nail Apparel in Lab Nude 3.0
As seen at Roland Mouret, this semi-sheer almond is one of six comprehensive hues in the brand’s new Nude Wardrobe collection.
$16.50, available September 1 at www.spacenk.com.
HIPP x RGB Nail Foundation in F4
The deepest shade from celebrity manicurist Jenna Hipp’s four-piece, eco-friendly capsule collection for RGB was made with client Jennifer Hudson in mind.
CND Nail Colour in Desert Suede
Models at 3.1 Phillip Lim, Jenni Kayne, and Monique Lhuillier were sent down the runway in this rose-tinted neutral, which pairs perfectly with the brand’s Super Matte topcoat.
Essie Nail Polish in Very Structured
This burnt sienna from Essie’s fall collection was inspired by the colors of classic leather handbags.
$8, available September 1 at www.essie.com.