Here are some of our favorite nail trends of the season, along with some great nontoxic polishes to help you achieve these looks. We’ve only listed “five-free” polishes here; that means they’re free of formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, formaldehyde resin and camphor. And if you’re in the mood to DIY, we’ve listed some fun tutorials.
We’re still seeing lots of nude nails this season. I love RGB’s five-free polishes for nude shades. They have three different lines of nude polishes. First, there’s Foundations, comprised of four shades created with celebrity nail tech Jenna Hipp; these are designed to complement your skin tone. Next, there’s Tints; similar to a tinted moisturizer, these have just a tint of color. Finally, there’s Sheers, which are a sheer pink—perfect for a bare, natural and clean nail color (check out Liquid Buff for a totally natural buffed out look). All of these shades are great for layering too.
RGB Nail Polishes, $18, RGB Cosmetics
Crimson and port are all the rage this season. I like these newer shades and am all for taking a break from the traditional reds for a while. You can also try switching up these looks by adding a Matte top coat. Here is any easy tutorial to help you get the two-shade textured appearance.
Jin Soon in Audacity, $18, Jin Soon
RGB Crimson, $18, RGB Cosmetics
Metallic polishes have been in for a while, and they’re not going anywhere. Personally, I love a good gold polish. You can make this look a little different by just doing the tips or half moons, or adding a little touch of glitter over top two-thirds of your metallic polish. You can even try adding metallic to black polish with this tutorial from The Beauty Department. Here is another super cute and easy tutorial for just doing the tips of your nails. Ten over Ten makes some beautiful metallic polishes that are perfect for any of these looks.
Ten Over Ten in Worth, gold metallic, $18, Ten Over Ten
Ten Over Ten in Grand, bronze metallic, $18, Ten Over Ten
Minimalist Nail Art
As we’ve seen over and over again, nail art is not dead! But I do think we are seeing a more minimalist approach to it this fall. With these looks we are seeing lots of negative space.
Zoya polish in Sailor, a classic dark navy, $9, Zoya
Kure Bazaar Nail Polish in Cappuccino, $16, The Detox Market
More Minimal Nail Art
For contrasting color at the base or the tip of the nails, you can also try using a matte polish on top.
Kure Bazaar Nail Polish in Phenomenal, $16, The Detox Market
Scotch Naturals in Highland Mist, $15, Scotch Naturals
Ten Over Ten in Deep Purple, $18, Ten Over Ten