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Dark nail polish are all the rage now that fall is here. But while deep colors are fun, they can also be unforgiving, so you need to take a little extra care. Allure gives a few tips on making you navy blues and rich burgundies look flawless.

Shape Up.

Keep your nails short and square, with slightly rounded edges—long, dark nails are just creepy.

Start Smart.

Run a soft buffing pad over nails until ridges are smooth, since dark polish goes on more easily and lasts longer if it’s applied to an even surface. And to avoid staining, always apply an anti-yellowing basecoat and let dry for 20 seconds.

Be Diligent.

Dark colors call attention to ragged cuticles, so moisturize yours daily with a cuticle cream or oil.

Remove Correctly.

To remove polish, saturate a cotton ball with nonacetone remover and press it on the cuticle area for three seconds, then wipe toward the end of the nail. Avoid using a circular motion—straight up and down is less messy. GET THE REST HERE!

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