This Season’s Nail Trends

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The key trends for autumn/winter 2013 are all about glamour, and nails are no exception. Matching is key, and manicured perfection is crucial no matter what style you go for this season. Here are some of the trends to take to your manicurist as the frost begins to settle:


Strong, bold colors

Whether its retro red or gothic black, nails this season are all about strong statements. Dark, glossy coats were all over the catwalks for a/w 2013, with a black twist on the classic French manicure at Oscar de la Renta and blackberry shades donning the fingers of the models at Burberry. For those that can’t resist a classic red nail, it was bright and retro at Valentino and Sass & Bide, often matching a bold red lip for a glamorous look.



On shorter or medium-length nails, a strong, metallic gloss is ideal for this season. Forego jewellery to make the look all about the nails, and coat them with gold, silver or copper for a truly eye-catching, futuristic style.


Stiletto shapes

A vampy, sharp look could be found at London Fashion Week this season, with long nails ending in stiletto tips, or in an updated flat top. Either way, it was all about drama and impact for those eschewing a natural look.


Romantic lace

Femininity was an ongoing theme on the catwalks for a/w 2013, and nails were no exception. The best way to embrace the light, girly look with your manicure is through lace designs, which can be customised to look either dark and dramatic or thoroughly feminine in shades of pink. If you want to re-create this look at home, use stencils and stickers and experiment with shades.


Caviar manicures

For those who prefer some more intricate design on their nails, the caviar manicure is a great option. Tiny beads that resemble fish eggs are applied to the nail to create an exciting texture that will set you apart from the sea of French manicures. Avoid over-applying the beads and bulking up the nail too much, or apply to just one finger on each hand for an interesting effect.

Sarah Pinkerton

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