It's gonna get sappy up in here.
First and foremost, I would like to apologize to Tynan because Dudes Wearing Nail Polish is really his beat. But when I saw this photo on People.com of Johnny Depp arriving at the GQ Men of the Year Awards last week, I WAS INSPIRED.
Neons aren't really a traditional fall color palette (I know, we're technically still in summer for another couple of weeks, but it's post-Labor-Day September) and accent nails are so last year (or the year before?), but Johnny Depp can make anything look cool. See: smoking and Transitions lenses and holding a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel while wearing a striped turtleneck.
Even though the no-nails-but-thumbnails-painted-lime-green look is probably the result of being an obliging dad, I like to picture him very deliberately going to a nail salon, picking out fluorescent-celery polish from the wall rack, and telling the manicurist, "Just the thumbs, please."
Most of the trends I follow can be traced back to handsome, ambiguous-accented 51-year-old men, and I'm sure the same is true for you, so to make your pursuit of this look a little easier, I've rounded up six super-affordable nail polish colors (because, let's be honest -- Louboutin isn't making this shade any time soon) that look pretty damn close to the one J-Depp is wearing.
Sephora Collection Color Hit Nail Polish in Jungle Queen (69)
Sephora describes this color as "yellow green," but it's definitely more green than yellow, if that kind of thing matters to you.
Essence Colour & Go Nail Polish in L.O.L.
This shade runs a little on the yellower side, but the Essence line of nail polishes is, by far, the best super-cheap nail color I've ever tried. And I really appreciate them trying to turn LOL into a respectably punctuated abbreviation.
L'Oreal Colour Riche Nail Color in New Money
This perfect Granny Smith green is said to last up to 10 days. That's pretty awesome, but I'm fickle and would probably get sick of it before even a week has passed.
Essie Nail Polish in The More The Merrier
This color is from Essie's summer 2013 collection, making it totally retro or something.
China Glaze Nail Lacquer With Hardeners in Grass Is Lime Greener
What the hell is that name? It doesn't even make sense. But that's OK -- it's a damn good might-burn-your-eyes-out-if-you-stare-too-long green.
Jesse's Girl High Intensity Nail Color in Midori
Upon closer inspection, I think Mr. Depp may be sporting a slightly pearlescent shade, so I personally went with this sorta-metallic green.
OK, so I don't really expect you to paint just your thumbnails lime green, but would you wear this color into fall despite it being decidedly "summery"? Do you look to celebrities, being that they're superior humans and whatnot, for beauty ideas?