How to get killer nails this autumn

Take your cue from the catwalks with this season’s nail trends. Katie Wright shows you how to polish up your autumn look.

IT’S not just the must-have coats and beautiful boots that are under scrutiny on the autumn/winter catwalks — the models’ manicures are as sought after as the clothes. So bagging a bottle of nail polish is an easy, and affordable, way to tap into the styles of the moment. From designer shades to arty acrylics, these are the talon trends to try now...

CATWALK COLOURS

Great news — your favourite scarlet varnish is very much in vogue this season, as red ruled the runways at the AW14 fashion weeks. But why not expand your colour palette and take inspiration from some of the stand-out shows?

Dolce & Gabbana’s luxe fairy-tale fantasy collection was a major hit with the fashion pack. Give your hands a hint of that gilt-edged glamour with a brushed gold polish.

Leader of the talon fashion pack is Chanel. Under the direction of Karl Lagerfeld, tweed suits are making a comeback but with a twist. His designscome in blazing colours teamed with glittery tops and metallic jeans. Channel the Chanel edgy vibe with Dragon, €23, an eye-catching blood-red nail varnish.

ART ATTACK

The teams of technicians backstage at London Fashion Week create some incredibly intricate manicures, and while not all are DIY-friendly, there are some nail art looks you can try at home.

Manicurist Ami Streets explains how she got the models at Felder Felder catwalk-ready: “We opted for a chic, glossy nude, Sweet Blush, for groomed sophistication, then added a dusky heather half moon of Blend from Orly’s AW14 nail collection.”

Ombre manicures (using a gradient effect) are best left to the professionals, but you can cheat your way to a smoky nail effect with press-on acrylics, and no one will be any the wiser.

* Orly Nail Polish, from €7.50; Elegant Touch Ombre False Nails in Smudge, €9.99, Boots

SHINE ON

With fun, furry textures and lashings of glitter, an upbeat mood pulsed through the AW14 collections. The most fabulous footwear of the season was seen at Saint Laurent, where models stomped down the runway in glittery go-go boots. Give your fingertips the same treatment, with a reflective silver glitter polish. Apply two or three coats for maximum impact.

If full-on glitterball nails are a bit much, try a copper or antique gold sparkle varnish, and layer over a darker base colour to tone down the razzle-dazzle.

* Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Shimmer Nail Polish in Fireside, €14 (available late October)

TOUCHABLE TEXTURES

Matte varnish is nothing new, but Yves Saint Laurent has gone one step further with leather nails. La Laque Couture Les Graines in Blue Galuchat looks like glitter polish when you paint it on, but it dries to a grainy deep turquoise that looks (and feels) like leather.

Also mixing up the matte look, Nails Inc has collaborated with Alexa Chung to create a fabric-inspired range. A soft, dusty pink, the Cashmere polish gives nails a subtle pearlescent sheen.

Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture in 52 Blue Galuchat, €24, Debenhams;: Nails Inc Alexa Cashmere Polish, €17.


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