Call us basic all you want, but we love the chunky knits, booties, and pumpkin-flavored everything that come with fall. One of the best parts, hands down (and no pun intended), is darker nail colors. By the time October hits, we’re a bit tired of punchy corals and milky blue shades for our talons. After countless fashion week manicures, Jan Arnold, co-founder and Style Director of CND, has a strong grasp on what’s hot for nails this autumn. Here are her thoughts:
Beauty Banter: What are the top nail trends you are seeing for Fall 2015?
Jan Arnold: Fall 2015 is all about textures and tones that clash and complement! We’ll see chains, studs, embellishments, and unexpected patterns on enhanced almond shapes.
BB: What are your must-have colors for the season?
JA: CND’s Fall 2015 Contradictions collection is all about turning up the contrast! This season’s trends celebrate an unexpected clash between gritty street elements and elegant details for a dynamic combination of glamour and grunge. Nails evoke an edgy narrative with blackened pigments and heraldic ornaments.
BB: Do you think nail art is “over?”
JA: Absolutely not – nails are the ultimate fashion accessory! We all have 10 tiny canvases at the tips of our fingers (and 10 more with toes!), and there are no limitations to the colors and styles we can create to support our personal style. Nails will forever be a coveted fashion element that allow women to express themselves.
BB: What are your top products to keep nails looking their best as the weather changes?
JA: During the colder months when air is drier and skin is more vulnerable, it’s especially important to keep nails and the surrounding skin well-conditioned. I recommend CND Solar Oil Nail & Cuticle Conditioner ($8) to keep cuticles polished and looking healthy. I also recommend CND RescueRXx Daily Keratin Treatment ($20) to repair damaged and weakened nails.
Following Jan’s advice, here are our favorite colors for the season:
1. CND Grommet ($11)–deep pewter.
2. CND Poison Plum ($11)–glossy and glittery deep purple.
3. Formula X Acclaimed ($11)–nude crème.
4. Deborah Lippman Miss Independent ($18)–a berry wine that you’ll want to drink right up.
5. Treat Collection Mixed Message ($18)– khaki green with gold metallic.
6. Smith & Cult Kings & Thieves ($18)– inky dark blue.
-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind www.comfortablycasey.com