The calendar may say it's still summer, but September has already pitched us headlong into next season's fashion and make-up trends. So, let's put the spotlight on finger tips and take a look at the keys to autumn-winter looks for nails.
Taking note of catwalk cosmetics, here's a little preview of what the new season's got in store:
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If you like the bright colours we've seen through the summer, you'll be glad to know that they are staying with us as autumn gets underway. Oranges are still in the starring role, but sharing the stage with duller greens and purples, or mixed with timeless blacks, browns, reds and natural shades.
It's obvious that nature imposes limits and we each have our own style, but the must-have nail shape this season is oval. Nails are also being worn slightly longer than in summer, though long nails can be ageing as well as impractical, so keep it reasonable.
Revisiting the classics
Fashion has its fads, but there are always classic shapes and styles that work whatever the latest trend dictates, and the same is true of nail fashion. You can be sure that red and natural porcelain shades will never disappear, and French manicures are also a sure bet. When it comes to the dual tones of French manicures, though, you have to know how to wear them; if you're unsure about combinations, try the YSL Manucure Couture line, which offers some unusual and striking colour twinnings.
Stay away from...
Excessively long nails and fancy designs – these are trends that may look great on the catwalk, but are best left there.
Don't forget your feet
While we're on the subject of nails, even if you're putting your sandals away for the winter, it doesn't mean you should stop taking care of your feet. They may not be so much in evidence in the coming months, but you'll want them looking their best for the party season. A little pampering and pedicuring now may save you a lot of heartache when you reach for those strappy sandals at Christmas.