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Drugstore Cowgirl: Fun with Nails

Polishes and stickers are easy, affordable ways to play with your look.

FOR THE BUDGET-MINDED Wet n Wild Megalast Salon Nail Color in I Need a Refresh-Mint ($2, wnwbeauty.com) If you're nervous about trying a bold shade, experiment with a superaffordable brand. This trendy, minty-blue hue looks great on summer fingers and toes.

FOR SUMMER TRENDSETTERS Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Gilty Party ($8, sallyhansen.com) This fine, coppery-golden shimmer is a seasonal twist on the metallic trend. This line has recently been reformulated with a supershiny finish and extra chip resistance.

FOR NECESSARY ROUGHNESS OPI Nail Lacquer in Magazine Cover Mouse ($9, opi.com) The latest craze in polish is texture: a matte glittery roughness this brand calls "liquid sand." This strawberry hue is a good way to try the trend in a universally flattering shade.

FOR A LOOK THAT PRESSES ON Essie Sleek Stick Nail Appliqué in So Haute! ($10, essie.com) Nail "stickers" have been around for years (remember press-on nails?), but these fashionable prints modernize the approach. Just apply and file off excess to fit your nail shape.