Why It's My Fall Color: I know, I know—a soft, powder pink isn't exactly the color one thinks of when they think "fall." But I've recently discovered that the lightness of this shade makes my skin look tan by contrast, and as winter approaches, I'm all about holding onto whatever shred of evidence proves that there was once warmth and sunshine in my life.
Why It's My Fall Color: No matter what year it actually is, I try to live my life like it's 1999 as much as I can. 1999 was a year when when bubblegum pop was at its prime and baby blue was pretty much considered a neutral color. I'm channeling pre-Millennium vibes with this sparkly polish that will look great on my fingernails when I'm jamming to my curated playlist of hits from that year (mainly "Bills, Bills, Bills" by Destiny's Child).
ColorStay Gel Envy Nail Enamel in Sky's the Limit by Revlon, $8, ulta.com.
Why It's My Fall Color: I love nude nails for every season but they feel unexpected and fresh for autumn in particular, when many people tend to break out the darker reds, plums, and browns. I'll save the vampy colors for my lips and accentuate my long, almond-shaped nails with a polish that makes my hands look elegant.
Why It's My Fall Color: I'd describe this color as "aggressive elegance." It's not trying to be as overtly stylish as black and it avoids the cheap thrills of a cherry red. Sure, it's a sexy color, but it's also a shade that looks like it can balance a checkbook, knows the names of several female abstract expressionist painters, and wears a lot of Acne clothing. I'm pairing this shade with a wardrobe that rotates navy, cream, camel, and black.
The Polish: Hopeless Romantic by Red Carpet Manicure
Why It's My Fall Color: The morning after the VMAs, it only took a few minutes for Sweet's intrepid beauty editor Chanel Parks to identify the dusty pink color of polish that graced Rihanna's talons the night before. It was the perfect color for her night—the flirtatious yet grounded hue of a girl who may or may not be into the dude nipping at her heels but who is, first and foremost, here to have herself a good time. It's a mood normally reserved for spring and summer, but it's one worth holding onto for a little longer than usual this year.
Neutral Instant Manicure Gel Polish in Hopeless Romantic by Red Carpet Manicure, $13, ulta.com.
The Darkest Shade That Isn't Black
Catherine Fuentes, managing editor, @cat_fuentes
The Polish: Commerce by Tenoverten
Why It's My Fall Color: From about mid-September through April, my manicure is always a dark color, but I never go for full-on black. This navy is from the in-house brand of my favorite nail salon in New York, Tenoverten, and it's one of my ultimate fall colors. It looks good with just about everything I wear during fall—chunky sweaters and black leather motorcycle jackets—and it has taught me that a badass bold color can serve as a neutral.
Why It's My Fall Color: Stockholm Syndrome is a psychological phenomenon in which hostages feel affection towards their kidnappers. Stockholm Syndrome the nail polish is a blue-gray-lavender-brown non-color that goes with everything and nothing and looks cooler the longer I stare at it. This may be Cult & Smith founder Dineh Mohajer's way of saying I'll buy any color she dreams up (fun fact: she's also the genius behind Hard Candy), but I'm OK with that.