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Gelcream On Her Favorite Muted Nail Colors


Looking down at your nails should make you happy. It’s the easiest way to express yourself with the smallest details—though being creative doesn’t always mean a look that screams. Neon nails may be a statement, and classic red is too, but the colors I want to wear most days complement, rather than compete, with my surroundings. Don’t be afraid of mixing neutrals by alternating colors on each hand—the subtle difference is sophisticated and unexpected. Like wearing a white tee and blue jeans, muted nail polish lends a clean look that’s timeless. When I go neutral I like…

01 Left - Zoya

Zoya in Madeline

A muted rose color like Zoya Madeline is something my grandmother would love, which makes it twice as cool. I am wearing it with a classic blazer from Shop The Break—my favorite vintage shop in Brooklyn.

01 Right - OPI

O.P.I. in This Isn't Greenland

This is a very cool shade–I would describe it as frosted moss or dusty pea. I love in-between shades that are unusual, but don’t make such an obvious statement. When you notice, they say a lot.

02 Left - Sally Hansen

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Maybe It

Maybe It is my first and only Sally Hansen Polish from Insta-Dri collection and I was very surprised by the quality–it is super easy to apply, and the formula is amazing. This pink looks great when paired with…

02 Right - Essie

Essie in Cocktail Bling

A light blue on my other hand. It may sound like too much but it’s fun, and looks cool when the rest of your outfit is neutral. I’m wearing Essie Cocktail Bling with a silk bomber you’ll hardly ever see me in because I much prefer wearing blue on my nails.

03 Left - JHannah

J.Hannah in Chanterelle

J.Hannah in Chanterelle is the only nail polish that I’ve actually finished. This true neutral is universal, has nice coverage and works with any mood and outfit. I am wearing it with a linen jacket from Awake—I love dressing in monochrome, and it’s even better when my nails also match.

03 Right - Butter

Butter Sheer Wisdom Tinted Moisturizer in Light

No need for a base or top coat—Butter Sheer Wisdom Tinted Moisturizer lasts for days and claims to moisturize nails, too. I’m not so sure it’s working, but I love this color anyway. Light is semi-transparent and makes nails look polished and healthy.

—Yana Sheptovetskaya (otherwise known as Gelcream on the internet)

Read more of Gelcream's picks here.