It may sound premature to say that we're already starting to fine-tune our autumn shopping lists, but with the British summer flip-flopping between 30-degree heat and nonstop downpours, we're frankly feeling ready to embrace the season ahead. Of course, with a new season comes a slew of new trends to take note of—both in fashion and in beauty—and while we've already pinpointed the autumn trends that you're going to see everywhere, it's time to dig into the details. First stop: nails. And more specifically, the nine autumn nail trends that are going to be everywhere next season.
Sure, we can get a pretty good steer on cool micro nail trends by scrolling through Instagram, but nothing beats an expert opinion, which is why we tapped some of our favourite pros for their predictions on the nail trends that will dominate the beauty world in autumn 2021.
"Who doesn’t love a little leopard print? The colours work so well for autumn, and it’s a relatively simple look to re-create at home," says Carla Opoku, founder of Cienna Rose. "I think having just a vertical stripe of print gives it a cool vibe rather than just having the entire nail in leopard print."
"We’ll be taking inspiration from classic Pucci prints and decorating our nails in wavy designs and swirly patterns," predicts Opoku. "Go for autumnal shades in mocha, taupe, spiced pumpkin and maroon."
"Metallics always make a bit of a return come autumn, but this season, they’ll be very pared-back and minimal," explains Opoku. "Muted bases in pinks and beige tones will just have a smattering of sparkle or foil, making nails look very chic and wearable—a minimalist mani at its finest!"
"Matte nails are having a moment, but for those who aren't ready to brave the full nail art look, you can wear a hint of the texture as a French tip or a detail," explains Dani Bailey, award-winning nail artist and OPI nail boss. "It will elevate a basic mani in a really cool way."
"Nudes never go out of fashion, and natural skin tones are amazing for autumn," explains Bailey. "Shape-wise, most people came out of lockdown wanting a more low-key approach to shape and length. Obviously, there are still the more adventurous clients out there, but as a tendency, the long stilettos did give way to the shorter squovals. I do think there will be a big return of the almonds soon, though!"
According to the mani experts at Nailberry, there's going to be one unexpected colour on everyone's nails this autumn: khaki green. "Cool, contemporary and surprisingly neutral, khaki is the new black," they predict.
One of Hully's favourite colours is Nailberry's Noirberry—a deep, blackish-red that looks set to take off next season. Look for ultra-opaque and totally opulent reds, greens and navies at the darkest end of the colour spectrum for a sophisticated autumn manicure.
Soho salon Snail & Hare predicts that this autumn's manicures will be inspired by the same colour palettes as the autumn 2021 runway collections. Manicurists will be "layering in shades of green, blue and brown as well as neutrals and contrast colours." But it isn't just about the nail polish shades used, it's about the design too. "Abstract nail designs, like the ones created here, are the most popular at the moment."
"The autumn/winter nail colours are amazing, but people will be contrasting colours with negative space next season," explains Loretta Walker, OPI nail boss. "Geometric lines will also be super popular as we move into the next season."