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Don't let winter take a toll on your hands and nails.
Don't let winter take a toll on your hands and nails. / Stockbyte/Getty Images

Top color trends

The winter's must-have colors are chilly, winter bright ó think of how a landscape looks after the first snow. The hot neutrals are moody pastels that are based on grays ó light blue meets gunmetal, whispering beige blends with a smoke, and lavender mixes with slate. Perilloís personal favorite is Megan by Zoya, a taupe-gray. ďThese new chilly pastels look great on every skin tone, are pretty and still have a bit of an edge,Ē she says.

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No matter how cold it is, your hands will look hot with these tips from Donna Perillo of the Sweet Lily Natural Nail Spa in New York City:

• Use all-natural humectant-based lotion every time after you wash your hands. ďA humectant lotion typically contains lanolin, cocoa butter or shea butter. Because itís chemical-free, it is easily absorbed into the skin,Ē Perillo says.

• Protect your hands when washing dishes by wearing snug, cotton-lined gloves that are sold in the supermarket.

• Lock in moisture and rehydrate your hands by slathering on cream and wearing cotton gloves for about an hour right before you go to bed.

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