Over summer nail art went mainstream and, for many of us, neon hues were the only colours to grace our nails. Now we’re in October and autumn is in full swing, the beauty world is turning to a more neutral colour pallet.
Instead of bright, glossy colours, the fashion world seems to be favouring nude colours with matte finishes. Taupe, beige and mushroom coloured nail varnishes offer a more subtle and more chic appearance, looking great wrapped around a mug of tea or poking out from a cosy knit. On the darker end of the spectrum, wintery red wine hues and gothic blacks offer a smarter look for those nights out on the town.
So what about nail art – has the trend died? Not exactly, it’s just gotten much simpler. Think single black dots in the middle of a nude nail, or burgundy half-moon manicures that leave the half-moon bare. Minimalists will also be pleased to hear that monochrome colour is the ultimate in chic this season.
Here at Beauty Resource we decided to give the autumn nail trend a whirl using a varnish from Barry M’s Classic Matte collection. A world away from our summer love affair with the brand’s glossy pastel coloured ‘Gellys’, the Classic Matte collection is a sophisticated affair full of neutral varnishes that dry matte.
We’ll admit it – we were sceptical at first, but after a couple hours of wear and seeing the beautiful sheen that exudes from the ‘Vanilla’ nail varnish we picked, we were won over. We used two coats and no top coat (to keep that matte look) and three days in, we are yet to see even a hint of a chip.
Unlike the bright colours from summer, this varnish goes with every single outfit and looks great with the fine gold jewellery that’s recently taken over the high street. After experiencing the sheer simplicity and beauty of matte nail varnish, it’s honestly hard to imagine life without it.
So it’s safe to say, we’ll be trying out the rest of Barry M’s Classic Matte collection and embracing the more grown up sensibility fashion has in mind for autumn/winter.
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