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Best Winter Nail Polish Colors: The Chicest Celebrity & Runway Shades Of The Season

In Beauty and Hair on November 29, 2011 at 1:00 pm
Kristen Stewart
Navy
The Hollywood version:
The navy nails that dominated red carpets several years ago are back, thanks to two influential launches—the denim-inspired trio of Les Jeans de Chanel and the glamorous Christian Dior Blue Tie Collection. Kristen Stewart, seen here at the premiere of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, opted for a metallic take on the hue to enhance her sparkling J. Mendel gown.
Kristen Stewart
While the limited-edition Chanel and Dior lacquers went into near-instant extinction (good luck getting your hands on a bottle), there are other glistening blues that achieve a similar impact. To channel Stewart’s light-catching look, try Deborah Lippmann nail lacquer in Lady Sings the Blues, a shimmering navy with flecks of glitter.
Kristen Stewart
The runway version:
Blue hit big at fall shows like DKNY, where makeup lead Charlotte Willer described the beauty look as “rocker-chic, like Jane Birkin in the ’60s.” Opaque navy nails lent a modern edge to retro-shaped trouser suits and mod makeup.
Kristen Stewart
Get the runway look:
For a manicure you can pair with any outfit and fabric texture, go for a solid, full-coverage finish with Butter London nail lacquer in Royal Navy. “Whenever you go dark and sumptuous, make the nail length short, crisp, and defined,” says CND Founder Jan Arnold.
Kristen Stewart
Pastel Purple
The Hollywood version:
Girl-about-town Alexa Chung recently paired the intergalactic print of Christopher Kane’s leather minidress with vibrant lilac nails. “Violet captures the spirit of creative independence,” says Arnold. “It’s simple yet sophisticated.”
Kristen Stewart
Get the Hollywood look:
Follow in Chung’s footsteps and wear Nicole by OPI nail lacquer in Play Fair for a flirty pop of color. Don’t want to fully commit? Opt for a base of sheer milky white topped with one coat of lavender for a subtler take on the sweet shade.
Kristen Stewart
The runway version:
Parisian sensuality colored the frosted lilac nails at Catherine Malandrino’s fall 2011 show, where manicurists mixed six shades of CND nail polish to achieve the perfect velvety hue. “This trend is best worn on a shorter nail,” says Arnold, who adds, “It goes great with luxurious fur, floppy suede hats, high-waisted wide-legged pants, and sleek leather booties.”
Kristen Stewart
Get the runway look:
According to Arnold, shimmering lavender—likeRescue Beauty Lounge Nail Polish in Pizzicato—instantly softens the appearance of hands. Looking for other cool tones that achieve the same effect? “Applying a hazy peach, blue, or green with iridescent texture is also on trend,” says Arnold.
Kristen Stewart
Red
The Hollywood version:
Classic red, à la Jessica Alba’s nails at an Armani event earlier this month, never go out of style—and will put your fingertips in the spotlight. “Like jewelry, nails color makes a statement,” says Essie founder Essie Weingarten, who exclaims, “The bolder, the better!”
Kristen Stewart
Get the Hollywood look: 
Zoya Nail Polish in Gia is free of controversial chemicals like formaldehyde and toluene yet doesn’t compromise on decadence. Remember: A smooth lacquer finish is a must when going red, says Weingarten—don’t skip the base coat, and seal with a high-gloss topcoat.
Kristen Stewart
The runway version:
At Adam’s fall 2011 show, rich berry-red cuticles were juxtaposed with tailored skirts, feminine blouses, and delicately winged eyeliner. “Embrace your extroverted side and follow your desire to wear bold nail color,” says Weingarten. “Though subtle, it will certainly enhance your ensemble.”
Kristen Stewart
Get the runway look: 
Sure to garner you attention on the holiday party circuit, Essie Nail Color in Size Matters is part of the brand’s new Cocktail Bling collection. Weingarten recommends pairing the blazing shade with a high-shine topcoat and carrying a jeweled or sequined clutch in a contrasting hue.
Kristen Stewart
Dark Chocolate
The Hollywood version: 
At Christian Louboutin’s 20th anniversary party in New York City, Lea Michele set off a snow-white Versace dress with brownish-black nails. Indeed, according to manicurist Jin Soon Choi, black—a mainstay in recent seasons—is most current with a hint of cognac.
Kristen Stewart
Get the Hollywood look: 
Stay away from the straight shots of black from seasons past, and try a shade like Lancôme’s new limited-edition Le Vernis Devine lacquer in Noir 29, which catches the light with a golden undercurrent. “It’s more modern and sophisticated,” says Choi. Also, two coats are best (any less, and streaking will look obvious).
Kristen Stewart
The runway version:
Inspired by Versailles, the brownish-red nails seen atJason Wu’s fall 2011 showwere dipped in gold to match his collection’s gilded stiletto heels. “Maroon tones are hot right now because they’re decadent yet wearable,” explains Arnold, who collaborated with Wu on the dazzling nail look. “This dual-tone style is best worn on a longer almond shape and matched with satin and chiffon, off-kilter tweed, wild jacquard, and lush velvet fabrics.”
Kristen Stewart
Get the runway look:
While manicurists painstakingly painted half-moons of gold polish over maroon backstage at Jason Wu, you can flaunt the same color combo with greater ease, thanks to CND Raisin in the Sun Colour and Gold Sparkle Effects. (Touch the shimmering topper to tips, or bathe the entire nail bed in luxury.)
Kristen Stewart
Muted Gold
The Hollywood version:
When Marion Cotillard needed to transition seamlessly from the red carpet of the Contagion premiere to more casual talk-show appearances, celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann opted for Believe, a golden beige polish from her eponymous lacquer line. “A soft, shimmering gold looks good on everyone,” she says.
Kristen Stewart
Get the Hollywood look: 
“We’re seeing a lot of gold this season, especially as we approach the holidays,” says Lippmann. For a 24-karat rendition of Cotillard’s dazzling look, check out Dior Vernis in Rouge Or, a luminous polish part of the brand’s gold-flecked holiday collection.
Kristen Stewart
The runway version: 
“It’s a grunge fairy tale,” says Butter London founder Nonie Creme of the bronzy gold nails she crafted for Betsey Johnson’s fall 2011 presentation. The metallic manicures complemented gold-and-black wigs fashioned in Johnson’s blunt-cut hairstyle. “The beauty look conveys Betsey’s girl power, but with a hint of grown-up sophistication,” says Creme.
Kristen Stewart
Get the runway look: 
Creme custom-blended a tarnished gold shade, which she aptly named Wallis—after the socialite Wallis Warfield Simpson, who famously fell in love with Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor, causing the royal to give up his throne in order to marry her, a divorced American commoner.
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