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5 of the best… autumn nail polishes

How to nail it with the dreamiest new season shades. Time for a home manicure?

I don’t often get time for a manicure – either at home or in a salon – but when I do, it’s always so pleasing to see a glossy strip of colour adorning the end of my fingers. I instantly feel more put together, more like a woman in control (rather than a woman on the verge!) Sometimes it’s the small things that give you the biggest lift, isn’t it?

At this time of year, summer pale pinks and zingy corals start to feel a bit off. As we re-embrace our heavier, darker winter wardrobes, it makes switch up the colour of our nails too.  Here are the five freshest shades that get an immaculately manicured thumbs-up from me.



You know when a previously unconsidered shade suddenly seems absolutely on the money? This is how I feel about this orange. It’s pleasingly ’70s, the decade that’s the key influence on this season’s fashion collections, plus it bring rust-coloured leaves and pumpkin lattes to mind. (Shade: Playing Koi).

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Chanel’s limited edition new launches are always covetable . And if anyone can make fashion’s new favourite colour, brown, sexy than Chanel can. I think I may love this glossy chocolate-coloured gloop more than actual chocolate, believe it or not. (Shade: Opulence)

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I had a mani using this brand and the colour was chip-free for absolutely ages. It’s also very quick-drying. This dark red is a classic autumn colour – glass of Merlot, anyone? (Shade: Afters).

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Green dress plus green polish is my favourite going out look at the moment. Topshop’s beauty range is massively underrated – it’s cheap as chips and impressive quality. Give this sophisticated forest green a whirl. (Shade: Tumble).

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This cult brand are known for their breathable polishes that don’t wreck your nails. Slate grey is always a très chic look for autumn. (Shade: Lacquer Stone

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