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Fresh Paint: Nine Must-Have Neutral Nail Polish

When a new season's nail shades hit the magazine pages, I'm the first to slather on the latest cherry red or playful pink. But these days, a real job and other grown-up aspects of my life require that I rock the season's styles with a slightly more neutral approach. And after trying them all on for a test run, I've decided we could all use a few gritty grays and sandy browns in our lives. Whether we're in the mood for a muted pink or a creamy yellow, this year's trends feature a slew of new and muted shades. So let's welcome them with flying colors—nine trendy neutral ones, to be exact.
  • Essie’s Nice Is Nice

    Essie’s whimsical, light lavender shade reminds me of spring flowers and grape-flavored snow cones. ($3.95, Amazon.com)

  • American Apparel’s MacArthur Park

    This opaque, buttery yellow adds a pop brightness that’s more golden afternoon than taxicab. ($6, AmericanApparel.com)

  • OPI’s You Don’t Know Jacques

    The color of wet cement never looked so chic. This take on the greige trend has a subtle micro-glitter in it that somehow turns grayish brown into a hue to be reckoned with. ($8, Drugstore.com)

  • OPI’s It’s Totally Fort-Worth It

    Part of OPI’s new Lone Star State–inspired line of shades, this lavender-gray puts a decidedly spring spin on the metallic trend. ($6.25, MBeautylounge.com)

  • OPI’s Suzi Loves Cowboys

    The color of freshly melted s’mores chocolate, this warm, summery brown was all over the runways. The rich color oozes glam—whether you’re Vegas poolside or at the head of the conference table. ($5.85, Amazon.com)

  • OPI’s San Tan-Tonio

    This honey-tan lacquer lends a light, summery warmth to a look—bold and fresh while still remaining neutral. ($5.70, Amazon.com)

  • RGB’s Camel

    Take on warm weather’s nature-inspired vibe with a coat or two of Camel’s warm, nutty beige. It goes on light and sheer, lending a decidedly warm-weather feel to the neutral color. ($14, UrbanOutfitters.com)

  • RGB’s Haze

    This polish is a milky, natural gray with undertones of smoky violet for just a hint of spring. ($14, Amazon.com)

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