“This season, it’s all about edgier, deeper shades and tones that also have a sort of smoky finish to them,” Jin Soon Choi, nail pro and owner of her eponymous nail salons in NYC and namesake polish line, says.
Here, Choi shows — and tells — you the shades to paint your tips, so you can promptly go out and kill the nail game.
1. Smoky Neutral
This shade is about to be your new favorite neutral. It contains finely milled black mica pearl but doesn’t look shimmery or iridescent — aka it reads more greige. “This color also suits everyone because the hint of mica complements all skin tones — both warm and cool,” Choi adds.
2. Hot Orange
While an orange polish with red undertones typically screams summer, this same hue ironically helps your skin tone look a little less dull, brightening it up as the weather gets cooler. “Think of it as putting a brighter filter on your skin,” Choi adds. Bonus: It works on all skin tones.
“Purple is hot this season, but you’re going to want one that has a lot of depth, intensity, and sophistication to it,” Choi says. A hue like this will also suit all skin tones thanks to its rich tone.
4. Brick Red
Think of a brick red hue as the perfect transitional shade from summer to fall: “It’s like terra-cotta with a deeper pigment that’s perfect for medium to dark skin tones,” Choi says.
5. Dark Blue-Green
A dark, mysterious take on blue for fall, this blue-green hue offers up a jewel tone-like finish on your tips, and contrasts beautifully against all skin tones because of its depth.
6. Diffused Lilac-Gray
“Another smokier take on a popular shade, this finish offers a touch of attitude to your tips,” Choi says. That said, she notes that while a shade like this is perfect for medium to darker skin tones, a dusty lilac can wash out lighter skin tones.
7. Sheer Hunter Green
Switch up your usual burgundy option for an equally rich shade, like this sheer hunter green hue. “The cool thing about this color is you can build up coverage with additional coats, or paint on two layers for a chic, translucent, jelly-like finish that feels fresh for fall,” Choi says. What’s more, any skin tone can pull off this shade; however, it will pop the most against fair skin, she adds.