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


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. “A humectant lotion typically contains lanolin, cocoa butter or shea butter. Because it’s chemical-free, it is easily absorbed into the skin,” 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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