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Hot for AW11 nails: Jewel tones and, er, shades of sludge

By Lynnie | August 30 2011 | 24 Comments


Opulence and the 1970s have informed AW11′s fashion in a big way, and their influence is similarly evident in some of the upcoming season’s hottest beauty trends. Sure it would hardly be autumn if jewel tones and metallics weren’t on the agenda for nails, and they are – yet again! – as are ’70s-esque shades of sludge.

Very good news for anyone who’d like to tip a nod to the new trends without stocking up on spangly trousers or felt fedoras …

Jewel tones & metallics

Opting for rich, vibrant, gemstone-alike colours opens the lid on a veritable treasure chest of options. There’s something to suit all tastes and skintones: ruby and garnet are the old standards, but this time around emerald, amethyst, sapphire, and of course peridot make the grade, too.


Talons above are Kirstie’s, wearing one of the new limited edition YSL Les Noirs La Laque shades

Blingy, lustrous finishes in moody, winter-appropriate shades are a glam choice and always a safe bet for *whispers* party season.


  1. Barry M Vivid Purple
  2. Andrea Fulerton Mischa
  3. Chanel Peridot


Talons and pic above are Lynnie’s own – check out how she got the look over on her blog

Sludge Shades

Colours that are fugly but interesting continue their reign as the new nudes. Murky khakis, camels and taupes can be difficult to carry off and look pretty rotten on all but the most perfect of pale skins, though.

If you find such shades difficult to carry off, try muted greys and sage greens instead, or break up the colour with a little ornamentation in the shape of a glitter accent nail or Yigal Azrouel stylee glitter tips.


  1. Essence Most Wanted
  2. Rimmel Grey Matter
  3. Essie Chinchilly

What will you be rocking on your own tips for AW11?

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