New Nail Trends to Know About For Winter
Winter is a wonderland for nails, with contrasting choices aplenty
From the perennial classics to subtle nude looks and wildly decorative adornment, nails really are the ultimate area for individual expression. As our examples show, there’s options for all personalities. “It’s either an over-the-top anything goes nail this season or making the opposite statement, rebelling to nothing,” explains M.A.C nail expert Keri Blair.
Runway and celebrity choices continue to influence nail artistry, but the way online tutorials teach techniques means the public also gets to vote with its hands. Marbling is an example of a look that has both trickled down and up, being seen at shows and at nail bars and on the tips of patient DIY types.
Other ideas to explore include:
• Classics reinvented
The smart short red nail is having another moment (as seen at Zac Posen, top) or try a French tip in a subtle but novel colourway. Look out for the repromotion with matching lipstick shades of Chanel favourites including Rouge Noir, as made famous by Uma Thurman in the movie Pulp Fiction.
• Nude niceties
This is the nail equivalent of the no makeup look, which like presenting a flawless face is more about subtle detailing than doing nothing. It’s what M.A.C’s Blair calls “the no manicure manicure.” Ranging from nails left simply buffed and conditioned to a well-chosen shade of nude or a discreet marbled effect, the aim is “a very cared for groomed effect”. Play with finishes ranging from sheer to opaque and semi-shine to a high-vinyl look.
• Outre expression
Glitter, shimmer and textural embellishment, ranging from foiled effects to fully decorative additions such as beads applied haphazardly. “There is an art and craft feeling to nails that are pushed to the max,” says Blair, who even stuck denim patched onto nails in one show. For those who say no to nude, go playful and colourful and even a little bit wacky.
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