The Best Polishes I've Laid My Eyes on Since Everyone Stepped Up Their Nail Game


There's no denying the fashion and beauty worlds have rebounded from a year and a half of staying at home. We're all suddenly wearing bright pink, vibrant green, pale yellow, and even… tangerine. Checkerboards, retro florals, and screen-printed designs are all over jeans, sweaters, and second-skin tops. And when it comes to our nails, we've gone haywire! French manicures in red; purple and green gel polishes swirled into ethereal designs; matte finishes painted over vibrant hues. And that's just the half of it! Nail salons may be open again, but I know I'm not the only one who finds at-home manicures to be a relaxing form of self-care now. Below, I rounded up some of the year's hottest nail shades and finishes. It's up to you to decide if you'll attempt some intricate nail art or keep it classic. There's no wrong answer.

Copy Editor, Branded Content

Aralyn Beaumont joined Who What Wear as the copy editor for branded content after a career in food media. Years of poring over intricate recipes with a fine-tooth comb and working with high-profile chefs has prepared her well for working with fashion's top brands while honoring Who What Wear's voice. Her background as a research editor makes her a finicky editor who will probably care too much about making sure all copy is as factually accurate and aligned with the house style guide as can be. Maybe it's because she's a Gemini, but her personal style is impossible to pin down: One day you'll see her in a turtleneck sweater tucked into a midi skirt with heeled boots, and the next, she'll be wearing mom jeans, a white Hanes tee, and classic Vans. At the end of the day, her style reflects her various moods. Sometimes it will be feminine and elegant, and others it will be grungy or androgynous. Certain things will always remain constant, though. She'll forever be on the hunt for the perfect pair of high-waisted jeans.