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Matte Nails
A little butter LONDON action at NYFW

Okay, boot season, we know you?re coming. You are lovely, but stop scaring us. (Weren?t we just wearing white jeans, um, yesterday?)

Join us in taking this transition slow. It?s as easy as getting your nails done--except this year we?re going matte. Here?s how to pull off fall?s biggest beauty trend:

The basic idea You can simply buy an all-in-one matte polish, like Deborah Lippmann?s limited-edition Red Silk Boxers. But our advice is to get the look by way of a topcoat. (O.P.I., butter LONDON and Essie all have them.) That way your manicurist can swipe it over any color you?re feeling that week.

The colors Get moody, y?all. Black, navy, plum, forest green, oxblood and anything with a little shimmer will tone down to sophisticated perfection. Take it from JINsoon?s rad new collaboration with Tibi: A utilitarian color scheme is the manicure equivalent of that perfect military jacket--relaxed yet edgy but somehow pulled together.

The application Not your average brush-and-go topcoat, a matte finish requires a little more precision. Apply a thin layer, let dry and repeat. These formulas are much chalkier than what you?re used to, so tread lightly to avoid goopy smudges later.

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