Five Perfect-For-Fall Nail Polish Combinations to Try Now

by Lucky Staffers

We fool around with nail polish combinations…often. Here are our best ones yet!


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Painted on top of the deep gray, the glitter really pops. Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Stronger, $19,; Essie Nail Color in Power Clutch, $8,


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Use gold glitter over an eggplant hue to create an opulent ombré effect.
divine night nail lacquer in gadabout girl, $17.50,; Stratford Honey Overcoat, $15,


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Winterize a summery blue manicure with an icy accent nail.
Celestials in vortex, $12.50, formula x,; Nail Lacquer in poppy blue, $18, jinsoon,


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Pair a dainty pink with a metallic silver polish to add some edge.
‘Vernis’ Nail Enamel in incognito 257, $24, dior,; ‘Pure Color’ Nail Lacquer in smoked chrome, $20, estee lauder,


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For a fall-appropriate twist on a french manicure, add khaki-colored tips to a burgundy base.
Nail Polish in church, $18, tenoverten,; LE VERNIS in frenzy, $27,




Easy At-Home Pedicure Shortcuts

Make your feet sandal-ready in 2, 5, or 35 minutes flat.


If You Have 2 Minutes…

0:00 to 1:30: Buff

Use a buffing block to smooth each nail surface and remove yellow stains. Start with the gritty side, then switch to the smooth side, which gives a high shine―not as shiny as polish, but close enough in a pinch. You can also use the gritty side to soften skin at the tips of your toes, says John Gerardo, a nail technician at Spoiled A Day Spa, in Studio City, California.
RS pick: Sephora 3-Step Ergo Buffer, $6,

1:30 to 2:00: Moisturize

When feet are hydrated and free from dry patches, they automatically look well-groomed. Massage a rich foot cream into your skin, paying close attention to the driest areas, including the backs of the heels and around the cuticles.


If You Have 5 Minutes…

0:00 to 2:00: Scrub

Dip feet into a tub of warm water and pat dry. Massage a handful of a scrub onto the skin. Choose an oil-based product, which will moisturize as it exfoliates dead, dry cells.
RS pick: Product Body Crush on You Scrub, from $15,

2:00 to 3:00: File

“Quickly file nails straight across to even out their shape,” says Ann Moore, a nail technician at the Camelback Inn, in Scottsdale, Arizona.

3:00 to 5:00: Polish

Wipe off any oil left on the nails from the foot scrub with polish remover. Then apply a quick-drying topcoat to make nails look shiny.
RS pick: Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat, $8,


If You Have 35 Minutes…

0:00 to 3:00: Soak

Soften skin by soaking feet in warm water. Add a handful of salts to help soothe tired feet.
RS pick: Pañpuri A Path Less Ordinary Foot Herbal Salt Bath, $28, for stores.

3:00 to 6:00: Exfoliate

Pat your feet dry, then slough off dead skin cells with a dry foot file, says Sarah Chambers, a nail technician at Brownes Beauty Lounge, in Miami. Choose a file with a medium grit.
RS pick: Tweezerman Spa Callus Smoother, $16.50,

6:00 to 10:00: Trim and File

Trim nails straight across using a straight-edge clipper. Use three cuts on each nail, as clipping the whole nail at once can cut it too close to the skin. Smooth the edges with a fine-grit emery board.

10:00 to 11:00: Moisturize

Rub a rich cream on your feet, top and bottom. Don’t forget your heels and cuticles.
RS pick: Curél Deep-Penetrating Foot Cream, $6 at drugstores.

11:00 to 20:00: Polish

Clean leftover cream from nails with a cotton pad soaked in polish remover. Apply a base coat, two coats of nail color, and a topcoat.

20:00 to 35:00: Dry

Give nails at least 15 minutes to dry before slipping on open-toed shoes (it can take up to two hours for them to dry fully). To speed things up, apply quick-dry drops after the topcoat.
RS pick: O.P.I. Drip Dry Lacquer Drying Drops, $24, for locations.

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How to Remove Glitter Nail Polish

Glitter nail polish is fun to wear and looks great! But when it’s time to remove it, it’s almost impossible, and glitter goes everywhere but on the cotton pad. Here are some methods to getting the polish off successfully. As anyone that plays with alot of glitter with their nail Art ,You know you need nothing less that 2 hours and a stick of dynamite to get the stuff off. I found this though!


Saturate a cotton pad with nail polish remover. Put the cotton pad on your nail and hold it there for 10 seconds. If needed, soak it for up to a minute.


Press hard and move the cotton pad up the nail. Use the other side to scrub off the rest. When you get to the cuticle, gently push the cotton pad towards the base of the nail.


Take a new cotton pad and repeat on the rest of your nails.


OR –

Alternate Method

Get out nail polish remover, a cotton ball, and aluminum foil.


Saturate a cotton ball with nail polish remover or acetone


Rip off a square of aluminum foil, about three times the size of your cotton ball.


Press the cotton ball, saturated side down, on your nail.


Put the aluminum foil over your finger, to keep the cotton ball in place.


Let it sit for a few minutes, longer if the glitter is really “gritty”.550px-Remove-Glitter-Nail-Polish-Step-9

Give it a twist, and pull off! Your hard to remover glitter polish should now be gone!



Ok, So I have tried the second method. Works best for me, I do play with A lot of glitter too.It was a godsend when I found this! YES it actually works! It saves 100 cotton balls, tons of frustration and half a bottle of nail polish remover, not to mention a great deal of time. I ALWAYS leave mine on for 10 minutes no matter how much glitter. If you leave it too long, you will know, It will start to burn. Anyways if you have never tried this please do, when you slip the foil off it is literally ALL gone. Its AMAZING! Please  comment and let me know if you have tried this in the past or only do it this way now. Hope this helps Everyone.