Creamy White Polish Is The Best End-Of-Summer Nail Shade

Normally, the Daytime Emmy Awards aren’t really my bag. I’m not a huge soap fan (Is she preggers with Sonny’s baby or does it belong to Jax?! OMG, is he really sleeping with Hope Brady?!) or a regular “View” watcher (except when Elisabeth goes off on one of her nutso rants), so to me, the event is sort of a non-issue. What isn’t a non-issue, though, are the red carpet goings-on at the Daytime Emmys and I’m struck by one seriously dope beauty trend: white-ish nails. They were everywhere. Not that the marshmallow-fluff-white shade is a just-this-second color—it’s been kicking around the nail salon shelves for years—but it seems like there’s a bit of a resurrection of late, which I lurve. Also, white nails look great on all skin tones and tend to make your complexion and hands look tan in comparison. So, what better way to wring out the last of your summer bronze (or if you’re like me, non-bronze)? Screw the no white after Labor Day maxim. After the jump, the best shades out there!OK, so which polishes are we really feeling? First up are Deborah Lippmann’s “Rhapsody in White” (Kate Winslet’s a fan—it’s more of a frosty white, less matte and opaque) and OPI’s “Time-less Is More,” a great creamy off-white for those of you who are scared of a too-chalky whiteout nail. If you’re seriously pale, go for a mostly white shade with just a hint of pink or opal finish—I love Yves Saint Laurent Nail Touch in “White Sparkle”—as the hint of color will keep a pale skin tone from looking too washed-out. And even with the Wet n’ Wild variety of cheapy polishes (FYI: try the “French White” crème shade of W n’ W), white’s easy to maintain, and doesn’t stain. For added staying power, throw a clear coat or topcoat on top and go with multiple coats to prevent streaking.

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