Throw away your trusty summer shade of Barbie pink – we’ve rounded up the top trends from the most Spring/Summer 17 fashion shows so your nails can stay on point this season.

Short & Rounded – perhaps it’s in reaction to the increasingly pointy long nails circulating social media on the likes of the Kardashians and Rihanna. This season you’re going to see a return to neat nails, so keep your manicure short, rounded and polished.

Oval - Oval nails will always be in style because their shape is elegant yet practical. They are long enough to allow manicurists to get a little wilder with their designs, but because they are not too long the nail never looks over the top.

A Splash of Colour – Nails at the Alice + Olivia and Proenza Schouler may have looked inconspicuous from afar, but on closer inspection an intricately detailed story came to light. Nude nails lined with a dark green organic stripe kept things elegant and also interesting, while at Proenza Schouler the designs were just truly abstract shapes and lines in black over a similarly nude base.

A Third Dimension - Nails grew this fashion festival not in length but in thickness! Models sported thicker layered paint jobs as well as bulky embellishments like beads, fuzz and puppy faces (check out the Libertine show for inspo). Take from it what you will if you’re ever in the mood for a little experimentation.

Bejewelled – Some of the bolder designers opted for nail jewellery, including Philipp Plein who showcased subtle golden jewels camouflaged with an all-over gold polish. At Rodarte, nails were adorned with “cuticle jewellery’ that resembled gold chains, easily achieved at home. Use a clear base like Napoleon Perdis Nail Polish Biscotti Nude, then using a thin brush apply Napoleon Perdis Nail Polish in Indulgence around the edge of the cuticle.

White Nails - Solid white nails featured at Creatures of the Wind, applied to a squoval nail shape. On the Mulberry runway, the nail artists alternated white nails with another of the year’s trends – nude nails.


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