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Style on the Street > Beauty Insider

Dare to go there

This fall, beauty’s focus is on lips and hair, but that doesn’t mean nails get to take the season off.

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Per-fekt lip perfection gel.

LET LOOSE Natural hair is most certainly now. Softer than beach waves, tamer than bedhead, the disheveled dos seen on fall runways are easy to create. “Flip your head over and scrunch your hair with pomade,” says Laura Mazzaferro, a stylist in Brookline. “Then brush it all out with a wide-tooth comb.”

RAISE A GLASS This won’t faze anyone who was bold enough to try out the neon lip hues of recent seasons: Dark burgundy is dominating pouts for fall. A complement to the season’s oxblood fashions, layer it on thick for a modern vamp effect, or opt for a sheer crimson gel that embraces the romance of the trend without a trip to the dark side.

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> 1. PER-FEKT LIP PERFECTION GEL in Vine, $24 at Sephora, Cambridgeside Galleria, 617-577-1005, and other locations, sephora.com

> 2. COVERGIRL QUEEN COLLECTION lipsticks in Fine Wine and Tawny Port, $6.99 at Target, South Bay Shopping Center, Dorchester, 617-602-1921, and other locations, target.com

> LIPPERFECTION LIP COLOR in Euphoria, $7.99 at CVS, 231 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, 617-266-6775, and other locations, cvs.com

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NAME THAT NUDE Fall’s nude nails are anything but ballet slipper-pink boring. Colors are simply not beige or brown or taupe, they’re made to blend with actual skin tones. Whether you’re looking for a pinkish peach or a warm cocoa, there’s a corresponding shade out there — find the right match, and you’ll have a truly striking look.

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> 1. DIOR polish in Dune, $23 at Saks Fifth Avenue, The Shops at Prudential Center, Boston, 617-260-8500, saks.com

> 2. SEPHORA BY OPI polish in Neutral Beauty, $9.50 at Sephora, Cambridgeside Galleria, 617-577-1005, and other locations, sephora.com

> 3. MILANI polish in Natural Touch, $4.49 at CVS, 231 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, 617-266-6775, and other locations, cvs.com

> 4. DEBORAH LIPPMANN polish in Naked, $16 at Blue Mercury, Derby Street Shoppes, Hingham, 781-749-6700, and other locations, bluemercury.com

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