Master your mani for A/W

As we prepare for autumn, it’s time to start looking at the colours, looks and trends that complement the season, and we can’t wait! From caring treatments to beautiful jewel tones, we’ve gathered together everything you need to master your mani this season.

Caring for your nails

Yes, it might not be as exciting as new nail polish colours, but looking after your nails and cuticles is very important this time of year. The change in weather can have a drying impact on your skin, leaving your mitts in need of some TLC.

A strengthening treatment is going to be your best friend. In between the dark, bold colours of autumn, a treatment will really help to keep your nails in good nick, working to leave them feeling stronger while helping to protect against the elements. OPI’s Nail Envy is a classic, and can be used as a base coat and topcoat for your favourite shades, while Perfect Formula’s Gel Coat gives a little bit of colour while bringing all the benefits of a treatment.

If your cuticles are looking cracked or feeling dry, it’s time to get to grips with a good nail oil. An oil will help to rehydrate dry skin and nails, which, with the colder weather, is inevitable! It’ll also help to create a smoother, healthier-looking nail bed, so you can rock bare nails with confidence. If you’re slathering on the oil during autumn like there’s no tomorrow, Orly’s Cuticle Oil+ comes with a large refill to keep you stocked up, while Nails Inc’s Superfood Repair Oil comes in a duo for double the hydration.

Nailing the shape

…see what we did there? Now your nails are looking healthier, keeping them filed and shaped will be a key part in mani maintenance. To save yourself time, look for a kit that has everything in it, like this Orly one. With clippers, files, scissors and more, you’ll be able to tackle the unruliest of nails, keeping things looking nice and neat ahead of painting. Plus, well-shaped nails can help with breakages, and we all hate having that sad-looking nail that’s broken and far shorter than the rest.

The colour

Okay, here comes the fun part. When we think of autumnal shades, we immediately jump straight to deep, rich colours and jewel tones. But, there’s so many more options to explore! We love the Nails Inc 24 Karat Life Collection for this time of year. Each formula is speckled with real gold flecks to add a luxe feel, while the colour range screams on-trend autumn. You have your classic cerise, gold glitter and beige, but the lilac and gunmetal are cool, modern takes on autumnal shades. Finish with the gold-infused topcoat, and you’ve got a high-impact yet effortlessly stylish look.

If you want to keep it classic this season , Nails Inc and OPI have everything covered. We love the In the Deep collection to get those deep, dark shades that are just perfect for this time of year. Concerned about damaging your nails with rich tones? Nails Inc’s Nail Pure formula is designed to maintain nail health while adding a sultry wash of colour – perfect!

This OPI duo has the perfect combo for autumn nails. Black Cherry Chutney is a deliciously dark black-red shade to show off your vampy side, while Over the Taupe is a classic mushroom tone that’s ideal for every day.

Want to create an impact the easy way? A trend to look out for is tonal nails. Pick your favourite colour and paint each nail with a different tone to create a chic ombre effect. You can really go wild with colour, but we love these two neutral sets from Nails Inc and OPI that make nailing this look super easy.

Let’s not forget that we are starting to get into party season, making it a great time to play with nail art. Whether or not you’re a dab hand with the nail polish, this marble-effect nail polish from Nails Inc makes creating a statement look simple. Just dab on, and away you go. Why not try it over a metallic shade for a mani that screams “get me on the dance floor!”

Feeling inspired? Head over to our nailcare department to discover even more.