Five nail-art trends for autumn

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For the last couple of seasons, nail experts have been opting for a simple, nude nail rather than an over-adorned, nail-art-laden look. Autumn 2014 is similarly uncomplicated, but colour (especially jewel tones, vampy violets, and oxblood) is definitely back.


Skin is In

Just as animal skins and leathers are in for autumn clothing and accessories, so too are they for nails. Essie offers a genius magnetic polish, aptly named Repstyle, that actually makes a snakeskin pattern on your nail (US$11, Meanwhile MAC’s Texturize topcoat (US$12, will transform any polish into the high-fashion leathery finish found on the season’s hottest shoes and bags. 


While glitter beads and gems may be out, textured shine is still very much hot for autumn. Essie offers a caviar finish in its Belugaria collection (US$8.50,, while OPI’s Suede collection (US$8.50, offers a matt, suede look that’s elegant without being over the top. 

Colour Blocking

The autumn runways were also full of simple, colour-blocked nails, with a few thick bands of colour, or a monochrome red and black look that divided the nail in half. Avoid too much contrast and opt for two colours that are similar in intensity.

Shine and Shimmer

The few designers who opted for a nude nail on the autumn runways were sure to add a shimmery topcoat such as MAC’s iridescent Highlight (US$12, Furthermore, metallics, especially gold, are all the rage for autumn. The more reflective the better, and Sally Hansen’s Color Foil (US$4,, which actually has aluminium in its formulation, is one of the best metallic products on the market. 

Half-moons and tips

French tips aren’t just white any more – from metallics to blacks, anything goes for a subtle dipped-nail look. Conversely, colouring a half-moon along the base of the nail, mimicking the natural form of the cuticle, is also a prevalent trend. 

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