The Autumn Nail Edit

Claws. Talons. Pincers. For such a small surface area, fingernails can sure make a statement. But you wouldn’t be alone if you confessed to feeling overwhelmed when you sit down for a manicure. Firstly, there’s the lingo for what shape you want; round? almond? squoval? ballerina? lipstick? – Yes, believe it or not, I’m still talking nail shapes! Next decision; polish or gel? And then there’s the unlimited choice of nail colour! I’m sticking with the autumnal theme for today’s post and sharing my favourite shades this Fall. It’s been a labour of love – if you can call weekly at-home manicures ‘labour’ – and a personal mission against chipped nail varnish – hope you enjoy!
Slate Grey
Bringing a cool tone number to the table and the newest addition to my collection. At the bank-breaking cost of 90p from Primark (for my American friends that’s about 70c), my expectations were rationally low. How good could it be? I had visions of it peeling off like the children’s nail varnish my mum used to buy me from Woolworths. I actually bought it thinking I’ll have fun using it for prop photos, splashing it around in my own version of a MAC campaign. I have to say though, I’m impressed. This shade is staying! Be sure to layer it up though; a good base coat, then 2-3 coats of the colour before a glossy top coat seals it in. It doesn’t have the staying power of some of these other formulations but price per wear is ridiculously good. I’ll be going back to check out more shades when I’m back in the UK.
Red Alert
In my lipstick drawer, handbag collection and now my nail varnish stash, pops of red are appearing everywhere. This, however, is a relatively new one too thanks to wedding I attended in October. Cue the excuse for a trip to Kate Spade and a gorgeous poppy print dress in the bag, I had to make the outfit complete with red accent nails. Unlike the popular pillar-box red, this was a gorgeous deep shade which felt perfect for the muted tones of an autumnal day. Rimmel, Rapid Ruby.
Black Cherry
Aubergines and maroons always come out this time of year; it’s goodbye bright pinks and hello deep reds. This is probably my favourite shade of all as it’s a beautiful dark red-wine colour that goes so well with my very grey/black/denim workwear wardrobe. And the name is totally in-keeping with next week’s Thanksgiving cherry pie that’s on the menu! This is such a timeless, classic look but utterly perfect for autumn when only the tips of your fingers are peeking out from under cable knit jumpers and fluted sleeves. Nails Inc, Saville Row.
Black & Gold
Fondly named (by me) “The Keyboard Crasher”, this is the most fool-proof nail design to last the working week (and the most technical for my amateur abilities). The perils of a desk job require me to be sat (read: slouched) at two computer screens sweating the small stuff over campaign deadlines for over 40 hours a week. So, I’ll be damned if come Hump Day my ferocious typing has chipped off my latest manicure efforts. Layer up a base colour of your choice with a glitter top coat or two and you’re good to go for at least a week. I shot this around Halloween so got into the festivities with No7 Speed Dry Into the Night and L’OrĂ©al Paris Perfection ColorRiche Nail Top Coat Goldleaf. Around Christmas time I like to swap this up for a festive red and red glitter – Watch. This. Space.

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