Deliciously dark manicures
When it comes to the beauty world there are few things more indicative of a seasonal shift than the ceremonious fall manicure. Now is the time to officially swap out reds and hot pinks for hues with a moody edge, and this year there is a great range of colours that goes well beyond basic black.
Take a cue from the trends set out at New York Fashion Week, where Julien Macdonald elected for models to sport a black French manicure, while Anna Sui chose to gild nails in oxblood and navy.
Fully embrace the look with OPI’s Nail Lacquer in Black Onyx, a pure black pigment, or Deborah Lippmann’s Miss Independent, a full coverage berry-wine hue which creeps into “almost black” territory. If a black manicure feels too bold for your liking, try out the trend with one of the many purple or deep berry hues on the market. Some favourites have to be Ciate London’s Gelology in Reign Supreme, which is best described as a dark aubergine, or Benecos Natural Nail Polish in Desire, a rich burgundy hue which is perfect for winter nights.
But the key to a great manicure is a solid foundation, as Vivienne Curran, Senior Beauty Therapist at KAM Hair and Body Spa in Lossiemouth, Scotland points out.
“While there are many acceptable trends for this Autumn/Winter, the condition of the nails and cuticles remains essential for the longevity and look of your polish - it's the foundation of your nail treatment,” she told Cover Media.
Never skip a base coat when wearing a dark nail polish; not only does this prevent staining but it will also hold darker, heavier pigments onto the nail, helping to prevent chips.
Vivienne also recommends using CND’s RESCUERXX, a treatment which repairs damaged nails with the power of Keratin protein and moisturising jojoba oil.
As for shape, Vivienne states that winter nail polish colours look very chic on trimmed nails. But if you prefer to add a little length make sure to keep things less angular with a rounded edge.
“However, longer nails are still popular for the season, in particular the ‘squoval’ (square oval) and almond shape,” she shared.