Updated: January 30, 2017

You may have heard the buzz (or seen it on friends’ or colleagues’ nails); Nail polish is the new lipstick. No, I don’t mean you should start painting your lips with polish. Please don’t. I mean it’s a reasonably affordable splurge that’s taking the place of lipstick as an easy beauty pick-me-up. For less than $20 a bottle (often way less), I can add a fun pop of color that lasts for about three days.

Crazy colors like blue, bright purple, green, or even neon yellow are no longer relegated to rebellious teenagers or special occasions like Halloween. And once you start collecting bottles, it quickly becomes addictive (just ask my husband, who grumbles every time my polish collection expands… "You really need six different shades of purple??” He asks. Yes, yes I do.)

So what are some other good shade options to fit current nail trends (without getting too crazy)? For the answer, I turned to Cooking Light’s resident nail polish expert—I am simply the Luke Skywalker to her Yoda—Assistant Editor Phoebe Wu.

Red: Try a slightly browned red, not candy apple, like Zoya’s Diana or OPI’s Got the Blues for Red.

Neutral: Sheer, ballet slipper pinks are fine, but a newer twist on neutrals are more in the taupe family. Phoebe likes Essie’s Chinchilly. I also like China Glaze Romantique.

Pop of color: If I had to pick one “fun” direction to go in, bright blue is great for summer. My favorite is Essie’s Turquoise and Caicos or Butter London’s Blagger.

What else do you need?

What’s your favorite shade?