4 New Season Polish Trends to Nail

Nail it this autumn/winter

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Words by Sarah Jane Lanagan
November 2nd, 2016

When it comes to the fashion world, the easiest way to stay on trend is via the beauty trends. But if you’re not a make-up fan, what other ways are there to play with your look? Well, you could try sporting a new hair cut or colour or, go for something slightly less permanent and turn to nails instead.

It used to be that nails were seen as a bit of an after thought, often being mentioned alongside the latest looks for make-up. These days, however, nail trends have their own place in the pecking order with more and more people turning to nail art, design and colour as a way to stay up to date.

So this season, why not mix up your look with some of these key trends for nails?

Metal Magic

Whether you’re going for gold or prefer a flash of silver, metallic shades are big news for both fashion and beauty this autumn/winter, having been seen at Topshop Unique and Opening Ceremony. Nail artists at the Creatures of the Wind show took things a step further, creating a two-toned effect using both bronze and silver for a look that was truly striking.

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Jackie JS Lee

Graphic Minimalism

Sometimes keeping things simple is the easiest way to make an impact. A single dot, line or stripe can make all the difference as seen at Jackie JS Lee’s runway show. For a sleek finish, apply a natural base shade and then use a nail art pen to create your design.

Half Moon

You can’t beat a French Manicure, right? But you certainly can modernise it. This season there were a couple of twists on the classic look, from a reverse version at Julian McDonald using black instead of white to the likes of Charlotte Olympia, whose models wore red nails with a pale half moon.

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Black Dahlia

Deep, dark and ultra glossy, this season’s vampy lacquers were given a luxe feel at both Preen and Rodarte thanks to the addition of a high shine top coat. To achieve the look at home, start with Christian Louboutin The Noirs in the shade Sevillana ($50) and then set the colour using a glossy finish, gel top coat such as Dior Vernis Gel Top Coat (€26).