Sometimes what looks like the perfect eggplant turns jet black on your tips. Johnson's fix: "Pick one that looks brighter in the bottle or has a tiny flecks of glitter to pick up the light."
Deborah Lippmann in Bad Romance, $18; deborahlippmann.com.
Rescue Beauty in Catherine Nail Polish, $18; rescuebeauty.com.
Chanel in Paradoxal, $23; chanel.com.
Go green, but go wisely. "A teal with navy undertones will keep your hands from looking like they're freezing," says Johnson.
Illamasqua in Viridian, $14; sephora.com.
Perfect Formula in Pop, $15; perfectformulas.com.
CND in Urban Oasis, $20; CND.com.
While this dazzling hue is perfect for a party it can be a bit much for the office. "Try just applying it to the tips," advises Johnson.
Estee Lauder in Extravagant Pearl, $18; esteelauder.com.
Milani in HD - Silver Holographic, $4.49; cvs.com.
NARS in Full Metal Jacket, $16; narscosmetics.com.
Giving your nails the Midas touch requires a bit of finesse. "Make sure to pick a gold that's not too yellow-y, which can look tacky. Choose a warmer tone instead," says Johnson.
Sonia Kashuk in Reach for the Stars Gold, $4.99; target.com.
OPI in Rising Star, $8; opi.com.
Barielle in Aura Angora, $8; barielle.com.
If you tend to get post-manicure buyer's remorse, wine is the shade for you. "It's a hard color to screw up. Almost every hue looks festive and classy," says celebrity manicurist Ashlie Johnson, who works with Kristen Stewart, Eva Mendes, Lea Michele and Kate Hudson, among others.
Dior in Smoking Plum, $21; saks.com.
Nicole by OPI in the Grape Debate, $7.99; ulta.com.
Zoya in Stacy, $7; zoya.com.