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By now any summer tan we once had has faded into...well, let’s just call it our “natural state.” Here, eight foolproof shades that brighten things up without washing you out.

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CND Vinylux nail polish

Smoky Blue

Understated and neutral, but still unexpected enough to elicit endless compliments.

CND ($11)

Essie Nail Polish


A moody color that works best in the winter (even if you drink it all year long).

Essie ($9)

Revlon Gold nail polish


Don’t be intimidated by this shimmering shade. It’s surprisingly neutral and bonus: It disguises chips brilliantly.

Revlon ($7)

OPI Green Nail Polish

Forest Green

There are evergreens, pines and Douglas firs all around you so get in the spirit.

OPI ($10)

Smith   Cult Nail Polish

Sparkling Black

If black is your hue of choice all season long, add a little festivity for fun.

Smith & Cult ($18)


Sally Hansen Purple nail polish

Ultra Violet

It is the color of the year, after all.

Sally Hansen ($5)

Zoya red nail polish

Scarlet Red

Holiday ready and universally flattering against any skin tone.

Zoya ($9)

Butter London Beige Nail Polish1

Cool Beige

Our tans are long gone, so stick to nudes with blue undertones to avoid getting washed out.

Butter London ($18)

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