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Fall makeup: Nails

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Best fall nail trends

From bright, eye-popping hues and shimmering metallics to neutrals and moon manicures, we’ve rounded up the best and the brightest nail trends for fall 2011.

Woman applying nail polish

1Bold & beautiful

Bright colors in eye-popping shades are trending this fall in nail fashion. Take a walk on the wild side and choose colors like bright yellow, turquoise, hot pink or lime green. Sally Hansen Hi-Definition Nail Color has a stunning selection of Crayola-bright colors with real liquid crystals for multi-dimensional color and iridescent shine.

2Metallics

Don't be afraid to get your glitter on this fall. From eyeshadow to nail polish, it's all about the shimmer and shine of metallic makeup. Glam it up with some metallic polish in popular shades like silver, gold, gunmetal, rust, bronze and quartz. Try Wallis (tarnished metallic olive gold), The Old Bill (burnished copper) or The Full Monty (molten gold) by Butter London for a fun, vampy look.

3Go neutral

Nude makeup trends are not for your face alone. Keep that fresh, neutral look with a fashionable and edgy nude polish like Sephora by OPI Urban Ballerina Collection. Muted earth tones are also popular for a sophisticated, clean look.

4Eye candy

Looking for some real eye candy? New York Fashion Week showcased a host of enticing new nail trends such as textured, moon and gilded French manicures. Instead of painting the tips of your nails white, turn your manicure upside down for a moon manicure. Paint the moons of your nails black and cover the rest of your nail with a rich, vibrant hue.

5Classic colors

Classic colors like crimson and baby pink will never go out of style. Top off your home manicure with a layer of Seche Vite Top Coat for a super-shiny and smudge-free finish. "It's like Saran Wrap over your lacquer," says Chicago manicurist Alla Krivens.

6Oval nails

Accentuate the length of your fingers by shaping your nails into beautiful ovals. Oval nails are making a comeback, walking the line between flirty and provocative. Polish with a lustrous sheen such as Dolce & Gabbana in Shocking.

7Soft hands

Don't forget to flatter your fingers by keeping them soft and moisturized. Carmex Healing Lotion will keep your hands smooth so you can add a sparkle of personality with any of these sexy and popular nail trends.

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