I don’t follow trends that closely. Normally I just pick and choose what I like, but all that goes out the window at this time of year. The berries, the camel colours, the copper shades… and also less-raved-about shades like the ones below.
I found Barry M’s gelly nail paints a little hit and miss when they were first released. However, they appear to have perfect the formula because all of these apply very smoothly, as long as you don’t overload the brush. Boots had a 3-for-2 offer on recently, so I picked up three shades: Black Pistachio, Mustard and Chilli.
A dark, almost-black green that I can’t get enough of (dark nails are my favourite). This is part of Barry M’s latest Gelly collection, which also includes Black Grape, Black Cherry and Black Currant. They’ve kept the wider brush everyone loved when the Speedy Nail Paints were released, and thank goodness for that because it makes everything so much neater. Love.
When it comes to clothing, I can’t stand the way yellow looks on me, but it’s a different story where nails are concerned. This colour is a tiny bit out of my comfort zone, but I feel like it’s easier to experiment with your manicure than it is any other aspect of your look. I think mustard shades look
particularly good when they’re worn with dark blue denim and grey.
An orange-toned red/brown, like a paler version of chilli powder, although it looks more pink-toned in the bottle and in photographs. It’s the most autumnal shade of the bunch and reminds me of the way the leaves look when they start to turn brown. Chilli pops against my pale skin, but I think it would look beautiful against warmer skintones, too.
What are your favourite nail polish shades for autumn? Which one of these is your favourite? Let me know.
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Beth, 25, South East England.
Lover of books, dogs, yoga, travel, gin, and the Oxford comma.
I write about cruelty-free beauty, vegan & veggie food, and trying to lead a less wasteful life. I throw the odd think piece in there, too.