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Mauve manicure: new nail colors for fall

From typing on a computer to yard work to even just sitting out in the sun, our hands and nails can take a beating. And as part of our body visible to just about everyone, taking care of these overworked extremities will pay dividends in the long run.

For those of us still holding onto summer and its bright and fun nail colors, this fall brings more neutral colors to the forefront. But classic hues are perked up with a bit of purple, making beige seem not so, well, beige. These versatile colors suit any skin tone and complement fall's rich jewel-colored. For a night out, try a bit more purple in your polish or go lighter for everyday. Your favorite nail technician will be happy to share her opinion of what works best for you.

At Boulder's Ten20, hands and feet can be pampered while watching popular television shows and enjoying Diet Coke and M&Ms. For the budget and time conscious, the mini manicure includes nail shaping, cuticle work and a pretty, professional polish. On a recent trip, Demure Vixen by Essie caught my attention as a great transition from summer to fall - a light mauve color with some purple shine in the right light. With a swipe of extra topcoat a few days after the manicure, this lovely light color is still going strong. No time for a professional manicure? InStyle Magazine recommends drugstore brands Rimmel London Lasting Finish Pro in Steel Grey as a DIY alternative.

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