Nail trends for the 2010 fall season: texture, metallics, and…beige?

Yes, the heat of the summer is on us, but in beauty land, things move fast: it’s already time to be thinking about what our nails are going to look like in the fall. In fact, we saw all the nail trends back at New York Fashion Week in February, and the word is out: it’s all about what is different.

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Textures: Michelle, the resident nail polish guru behind All Lacquered Up did a fabulous tutorial on textured nails, which essentially involves layering a matte formula nail polish with a regular shiny formula nail polish for fun effects. For the matte color, try OPI Matte Nail Lacquers, $8.50, Ulta.com.

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Metallics: We have the popular Minx Nails trend to thank for this one, but if you don’t have a nearby salon (or the extra cash), don’t fret. The metallic nail polishes out there will give you the same effect with very little effort. And we’re not just talking about silver and gold metallics, either – we will see metallics pop up in every color of the rainbow. Try Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Nail Polish, $6.99, Drugstore.com.

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Gray: Remember the big black trend from last fall and the fall before? Well, this time, gray really is the new black. From Chanel to dollar store polishes, everyone has a gray shade now, and you’ll be seeing a good deal of it as the weather turns cooler. Try Recycle from China Glaze. $3.45 at Amazon.com.

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Beige: It’s true – beige is not just for pants anymore. Beige is the breakout color for fall 2010, and while it’s hard to find that perfect beige shade now, just wait. Soon you will be able to find it everywhere. Try doing a half moon manicure in white on the bottom of your nail for an interesting look. Try Le Vernis Nail Color in Lily Beige by Chanel for a splurge. $23, Nordstrom.com.

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Blue: Blue isn’t a new trend, but it’s not going anywhere. In fact, blue is only getting funkier in various matte, glitter, and creme formulas by just about every cosmetics company. You can find blue in about every shade, from royal to blue-green. We are the most excited about Across the Universe, by Deborah Lippmann Collection. This Nordstrom Beauty Exclusive looks like a party on your nails. $18, Nordstrom.com.

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