The hot colors — and DIY care products — that will take your nails into the holidays.
Fall’s nail trends include the rise of at-home gel-manicure products and the addition of ingredients aimed at boosting nail health. And, of course, there are hot colors. Here are the looks to take into the holidays.
With the enduring popularity of in-salon gel manicures, several nail brands have introduced polish that promises similar results at home.
“They’re really shiny, and they’re supposed to be long wear,” says Rita de Alencar Pinto, owner of Vanity Projects, a nail salon in New York and Miami specializing in gel treatments.
Unlike the professional versions, the home products do not require special lamps or acetone removal, which can be damaging.
One of the key shades of the season looks to be gold. “People are loving metallic because of the high shine,” Pinto says. “It goes with everything. It’s fun and festive, but it’s not too much.”
Gel Couture, the Essie version of gel-like polish, comes in shades such as Sheer Fantasy (essentially a take on Ballet Slippers, a popular pale pink), blues, plums and greens. Its distinctive brush, which is wide and tapers toward its wand, makes application easier than with many polishes.
Nails inc has added an unexpected ingredient to its Gel Effect polishes: charcoal, which is said to protect against environmental pollution. Last spring, the company also introduced Overnight Detox Mask, which is designed to be worn at night over polish-free nails to infuse them with acai and spirulina.
“The customer now really cares about nail strength whereas previously she only bought nail polish based on color,” says company founder Thea Green.
Although skepticism is tempting, the company is not alone in its thinking. Sally Hansen is introducing the Color Therapy line of polishes with acai and argan oil this year.
A rose-gold nail polish, 1972, is one of three new polishes from Smith & Cult, which is carried by retailers like Net-a-Porter and Space NK. In addition to a decidedly autumnal dark green called Darjeeling Darling, there is also a matte top coat. Shake the bottle well before use to make sure it goes on without streaking.
To take these polishes off, Tenoverten, with nail salons in New York and Austin, Texas, has introduced upscale removal wipes. They smell much less caustic than most such products, with rosemary and rose-hip oil in the formula. Each biodegradable cloth comes with a post-removal cleansing wipe attached.