Transitions are tough. And in the beauty world they don’t come tougher than the transition from summer to autumn when both skincare and makeup require a total overhaul in line with the colder temperatures and the lack of sunshine. To make the switch a little easier, we suggest taking baby steps into the new season trends by dipping your toes (and fingers) into one of autumn/winter 2015’s gorgeously glossy and super flattering shades.
These are the polishes to wear right now. . .
Thanks to Pantone’s colour of the year, Marsala, this season sees a welcome return to Rouge-Noir style, blackened-berry tones for nails. From Felder Felder to Michael Van Der Ham, the catwalks were awash with various takes on the earthy and full-bodied shade. Take your pick from rich burgundy to warm merlot and clear claret, just ensure nails are short and squared-off and that your chosen shade is uber-glossy, opaque and shot through with black.
Amidst an ocean of inky, moody shades, this season’s nude nails offers a beautiful sense of clarity and brightness. From Rodarte, where nails were buffed to a high-shine before being coated in a clear varnish to Victoria Beckham where a semi-sheer nude shade gave hands a healthy, casual glossiness, barely-there nails were creamy, fresh and oozed an insouciant sophistication. To get the look step away from the chalky pastels of summer and look to tone-on-tone shades that will pop against your skin and complement your entire winter-wardrobe.
If autumn/ winter’s classic deep, dark berry shades don’t tickle your talons, look to the smooth, and creamy khaki shades as seen at Burberry and Preen for a fashion-forward and season-appropriate alternative. Based on another of Pantone’s colour picks for the year, Dried Herb, the earthy, camouflage colourway returned for the season by way of Nails Inc’s Battersea Park polish and sits perfectly with this season’s 70s styling and super-luxe fabrics.
Despite cries to the contrary, nail art is very much here to stay – but before you opt-out, it’s no longer a trend reserved solely for the tweens. But rather, thanks to a whole host of sleek and graphic runway-ready looks it presents itself for the new season in a wholeheartedly more grown-up and glossy fashion. If you’ve any doubts, simply look to the Maria Cornejo show where, thanks to monochrome colourways, minimal styling and slick crescent shapes, decorated nails take a new and very wearable rock-chic turn.