It's safe to say that we love nothing more than getting our nails done. I know this because, every week, the stories we write about nail art and trends are consistently our most popular. This piqued my interest—what do people want when it comes to their nails? Are we more inclined to ask for short nails over long? Oval over square? Art over solid hues? When I visited my salon last week, I was curious to find out which colours were proving popular right now 1) to inform my choice and 2) to report my findings back to you. My manicurist responded, "Everyone wants timeless shades."
It's perhaps unsurprising that we're turning to more classic colours. I'm no exception, either, for the colour I chose was a rich, deep shade of burgundy, which I thought would help bridge the gap between my more colourful and neutral outfits.
Nail colours are less of a commitment than a new piece of clothing, shoes or a bag but have the same ability to give your look a new-season refresh. So I've charted the latest ones that prove insanely popular season after season. And for good trend-led measure, I've thrown in a couple of of-the-moment shades that'll give your style a swift update. Scroll on to see all 13 of them that are perfect for autumn.
1. JET BLACK
Vampy, not gothic, black nails have become chicer and chicer with each passing season.
Although typically popular in summer, white nails are fast becoming a year-round manicure must.
3. BARELY THERE PINK
4. UNEXPECTED GREEN
The breakout colour trend of 2022, this shade of green is sticking around.
Not quite as glamorous as pillar-box red but more fanciful than standard beige, this is the nail colour minimalists will zero in on.
The colour I chose for my own nails, burgundy is timeless and will go with any and every outfit.
It might sound unexpected, but deeper, mustard tones will act as the perfect lift to more tonal clothing.
8. COOL GREY
Not as drastic-looking as black, grey provides the ideal alternative to those who want a softer monochromatic nail look.
Rich and delicious, chocolate-brown tones are trending in a big way, even more so than usual.
10. FOREST GREEN
If the more vivid shades of green don't do it for you, rest assured dark, forest green is still on our nail colour radar.
11. CLASSIC RED
A perennial nail colour, red is always a good idea if you're unsure which shade to opt for. Although statement, it's so classic it'll work seamlessly with every outfit you wear while it's painted on your nails.
12. GLISTENING GOLD
Not just for party season, metallic nails are making a comeback. Why not try a shade of solid gold?
13. DEEP NAVY
Elegant and striking, navy nails never fail to make an impact. I'm particularly taken with this French-tip situation.