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Here Are Fall's Top Trends For Nails

09/21/2015 12:18 EDT | Updated 09/20/2016 05:12 EDT
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I love pretty nails. They can really make an outfit come together and at the same time you can make a statement about your personality with the colours you choose for your polish.

Recently, I was lucky enough to speak with Shannon Nguyen and Amy Nguyen, owners of Poised Nail Lounge & Spa and they shared with me the hottest trends for nails this fall and also the best tips to keep your manicure and pedicure looking amazing for a long time.

What are the hot nail colours for fall?

  • Lots of dark colours and glitter this year
  • Matte finishes are very popular -- especially black, grey, and white
  • Metallics
  • Lots of silvers
  • Golds, silver-gold
  • Deep Dark Reds
  • Dark taupes
  • Muted earthy colors
  • Nude colours that are more solid
  • Nude colours that are transparent
  • Mauves
  • Dark greys
  • Different size glitters
  • Shimmery and matte blues
  • Dark burgundy

What are the top trends for nail art this season?

  • Matte finish with shiny French tips

  • It's now "in" to do different nail art on different nails
  • Nail stamping and nail wraps
  • Pointed nails with designs over top
  • Lots of ombre this year (usually done with a sponge)
  • Dark colour ombre (black with a dark red glitter colour)

What nail shapes are on trend ?

Pointed nails are still in style. Now we have pointed nails with a flat top is popular too.

Short and square, with dark nail polish is on trend.

Do it yourself at home tips for regular polish:

  • Cutting cuticles will allow your nails to last longer and look more clean
  • Prep by buffing the nails to create a rough surface and then dehydrating the nails prior to nail application (use alcohol and acetone -- if you do not have these at home, just soap and water followed by drying your nails with a clean cloth towel will work)
  • Paint close to the cuticles without touching the cuticles
  • Paint thin coats and let it dry in-between coats (at least two minutes to dry -- the longer the better)
  • Seal, seal, seal the bottom of the nails
  • Use a good base coat
  • Use a good quick dry top coat

For Gel Polishes

  • Cutting cuticles will allow your nails to last longer and look more clean
  • Prep by buffing the nails to create a rough surface and then dehydrating the nails prior to nail application (use alcohol and acetone - if you do not have these at home just soap and water followed by drying your nails with a clean cloth towel will work)
  • Paint close to the cuticles without touching the cuticles

  • Include a bonding agent

Maintenance:

Wear gloves when using cleaning products (certain chemicals can cause lifting of the polish). Don't be rough with your hands (don't use your nails as tools when packing or opening cans etc.).

How to care for your pedicure to keep your toes looking great?

Lasting pedicures: Take a brush and clean around your toes to keep the dead skin away. Use a paddle during your showers to maintain smoother heels. Try not to walk around barefooted or with flip flops, this can create calluses. To keep feet soft and smooth, wear socks and slippers around the house.

Keep your toe nails short and not too squared at the edges (rounded edges will have less chance of chipping and getting banged up). If you are athletic and run often or go skiing, or if you have a job that requires you to walk around in high heels all the time, get shellac as opposed to regular nail polish pedicures. Shellac polish will last the longest on your toes.

Pedicures with short and squared nails can last up to six weeks.

Other tips?

When using a regular nail polish, you can dry them with a fan or dip your nails into cold water. If you paint your toes and are in a rush to leave with your shoes on use this tip: put cuticle oil or olive oil (or any oil) over your toes and on top of the nail polish, wrap the toes with saran wrap and then put on socks (no socks is fine too).

This method only works if your nails are at least 70 per cent dry.

I love all these nail tips and trends for fall. I am going to use these helpful tips as I continue to expand by style ideas this season!

Your suggestions are always welcome, as I continue on my journey to live life to the fullest. Let's have the very best 2015!

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