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Katie Wright looks to the cat­walks for new-sea­son nail in­spi­ra­tion. From juicy brights to mes­meris­ing metallics, these de­signs will have your fin­ger­tips look­ing fab­u­lous in no time.

1. Bright tips

At Palmer//Harding’s Lon­don Fash­ion Week show, lead nail tech­ni­cian Karen Louise said she was “up­dat­ing the clas­sic French man­i­cure with a more play­ful spin, in­cor­po­rat­ing di­ag­o­nal lines with pops of colour.” To cre­ate the look, start with a nude base then paint across your nail tips with deep blue or bright red. You don’t have to be su­per-neat with your lines, it’s about a fun flash of colour, not pre­ci­sion nail art.

2. Juicy pink

“The brief was to cre­ate sheer neon pink, so we cus­tom-blended a few drops of hot pink with with a top coat to achieve a translu­cent ‘juicy’ ef­fect,” ex­plains Rob­bie Tomkins back­stage at the Alice Archer show. (Pic­tured above.) “We wanted the nails to also tie in with the strik­ing red shad­ing used in the make-up look.” Try cre­at­ing your own juicy hue by mix­ing a bright pink, red, or or­ange shade with top coat for a su­per-shiny fin­ish.

3. Metal­lic mix

At Paul Costel­loe, nail tech­ni­cian Sophia Stylianou cre­ated a mar­bled metal­lic ef­fect that’s sur­pris­ingly easy to achieve at home. Start with two coats of navy or deep brown, then take a pearles­cent sil­ver, wipe off the brush un­til there’s only a min­i­mal amount of pol­ish left, and swipe in a criss-cross mo­tion across the nail.

4. Seven­ties shades

If there’s one decade that fash­ion de­sign­ers are ob­sessed with for AW18, it’s the ’70s, and that era’s au­tum­nal colour pal­ette is a great al­ter­na­tive for nails if you usu­ally reach for the black pol­ish once sum­mer is over. From burnt or­ange to bur­gundy (the colour of choice at Tem­per­ley), taupe to tawny brown, there’s a ’70s shade for ev­ery­one, ready to match with your suede skirts and cord pinafores.

5. Crys­tal colour

Crys­tals have been a huge trend in 2018, used for ev­ery­thing from heal­ing and self-im­prove­ment to fash­ion and beauty, and now shim­mer­ing nails are trend­ing, as seen at the Sophia Web­ster pre­sen­ta­tion at Lon­don Fash­ion Week. Web­ster’s mod­els had elab­o­rate crys­tal and pearl nail art looks, but there’s a much eas­ier way to get the look, by choos­ing one of the four shades from IZ Beauty’s Holo­graphic col­lec­tion: Emer­ald, amethyst, sap­phire, or ma­genta.

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