New season, new nails!
As women, we're always on the lookout for the latest healthier, lighter or more delicate products for our skin, but let’s not forget about the nailcare. Many nailcare brands are changing their formulas to include less (and in some cases, no) toxins. Nail Polishes can be gentle on the nails and long-lasting. So, for the upcoming Autumn shades we have paired some nail friendly polishes with some hot nail colours; AFRONOIRE introduces you to organic nail brands. Here’s to healthier nails this fall.
Barely there Nudes and Neutrals
As seen at the Alexander Wang and Ralph Lauren 2014/15 shows, all nails were minimal and coated with nudes, soft pale pinks and beige tones. This natural and muted colour palette suits all skin tones, is very elegant and even slimming on the hands. If you have a lighter/browner complexion, try nudes shades. For darker skintones go for taupe, coffee and cappuccino coloured nail polishes.
Our chosen pick is Sheer Nude from natural nail brand ORLY. This professional manicure and pedicure brand provide an excellent range of colours, all free from DPB, Toluene and Formaldehyde (also known as ‘being 3-free’).
Think French manicure with a bright tip. This season you have the option to tone up or tone down your nail colour. With a simple bright or coloured tip manicure, your muted nails can be given an immediate lift. Perfect for those who shy away from bold colours, this is an easy and quick way to experiment with colour!
We love this oceanic teal hue from Eve Snow called Fiji. Although deep, the blue is bright enough to stand out against nude and paler base colours. Even better, this polish includes Vitamin E, Ginkgo Biloba and Argan Oil to nourish your nails - so this nail polish is actually good for you!
Although a colour mostly seen in the Summer months, white looks good when offset against darker hues typical of Autumn and Winter. This colour both complimented and contrasted the grey palette seen at Karen Walker’s show. It will also work nicely against the surge of fur that you will inevitably be wearing as the temperatures drop.
Scotch Natural nails in Highland Mist- Stark white is a good choice, as the water-based product hydrates the nail, giving it a healthy sheen and finish. This premier vegan brand is free from toxic chemicals.
Shimmers and sparkles
Metallics and shimmering materials were popular across the runway; both for clothes and nails. Adding some shimmer to your nails adds interest and texture (as seen at Tracy Reese’s show). Whether using a nail polish containing glitter or using a glitter top coat, there are many ways to incorporate a little shimmer-shimmer into look.
Why not try Bristol Fairy from Priti NYC; a ‘5 free’ vegan brand. They provide more of a pearly silvery, feminine finish. We also love the new Zoya Ultra Pixie Dust Collection with all three vibrant and rich shades. They also slightly remind you of pixie dust, hence the name. In particular, the Noir is a standout with its beautiful plum colour.
The 70s is the new obsession this season and with it comes a love of burnt oranges, purples, camel and fuchsia. This colour palette was mostly seen on nails in two-toned looks, mainly using the darker colours from this palette, as seen at the Henry Holland show. Achieve this look with Organic Glam polish in Milan and Paris. The organic ‘3-free’ nail colours work well together and look great on short almond-shaped nails.