Nail Polish Shades For Autumn

Whether you love to paint your own nails at home, or prefer to have them handled by the professionals, it’s important to understand which colours are in this season. Pack away all those corals, glitters and neon shades in favour of a mature colour palette which will suit all skin tones. We’ve also added a fun little instructional video at the end, just to give you some extra tips for that at-home mani-pedi.

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Wine

The colour, not the drink! A deep red is perfect all year-round, although it’s most prominent during the colder seasons. Just one coat is enough to give you great coverage, but if you apply another and add a top coat soon afterwards, your nails will shine.

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Option 1: ModelCo Nail Polish in Wine and Dine, $15

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Option 2: Zoya Nail Polish in Pepper, $9

Dark green

If you’re too scared to make the transition to a darker shade, dry a deep emerald green instead. It will still give your nails a subtle pop of colour without being too inappropriate for all events.

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Option 1: Butter London British Racing Green Nail Lacquer, $15

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Option 2: ModelCo Nail Polish in Envy, $15

Plum

A beautiful shade of plum is also in the same category as green, it looks darker during the night and picks up more light during the day. Have fun with this shade and pair it with fun nail art to give your look a bit of extra character.

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Option 1: ModelCo Nail Polish in Midnight Affair, $15

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Option 2: Nars Iconic Colour Nail Polish in Endless Night, $30

Nude

Pass on that traditional French manicure and give your nails a splash of colour with a nude shade. Not only is it appropriate for the office, but it’s discreet if the colour starts to chip after one week of wear.

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Option 1: OPI Samoan Sand, $19.95

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Option 2: ModelCo Nail Polish in Nude Attitude, $15

Violet

Some might say this is similar to purple, but we love these colours so much that we couldn’t leave it out! This is a perfect option if you want a pop of colour with just one coat. Apply a glossy or matte top coat before leaving the house for extra drama.

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Option 1: ModelCo Nail Polish in Nude Attitude, $15

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Option 2: Essie Bahama Mama, $16.95

If you’re finding it hard to start with your own manicure or pedicure, watch the video below for insider tips.