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Spring/ Summer 2016 Nail Trends

Christmas may be just around the corner but we’re already looking ahead to the biggest trends for 2016… starting with nails!

We want you to have plenty of time to pick your signature shade for the season and get those talons in tip top condition before we see the first flicker of summer sunshine. We’ve collated the hottest nail trends from the London, Paris, New York and Milan fashion weeks to help you get to grips with the key looks for SS16.

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Metallic Pastels 

Feminine romanticism was seen across spring/ summer 2016 shows from Alexander McQueen to Christian Dior. Nails complemented soft, dusky pinks, chiffon and ruffles with subtle metallic sheens over classic natural shades of pale pinks, pearl and silver with a shimmery metallic finish.

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If you like to make a statement with your nails then this is the trend for you. Vibrant shades, colour blocking and an abundance of sparkle was seen on the Prada, Missoni and Maxmara catwalks. This look is fun-filled and playful – think multi-coloured stripes, plenty of gold and glittery embellishments: more is more!

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Modern Monochrome 

Reflecting the classic lines and minimalist makeup seen at Balmain and JW Anderson, nails in this tribe are a contemporary twist on a French manicure. The detail is in the shapes and graphics. Experiment with triangles on the cuticles (as seen at Cushnie et Ochs and Markus Lupfer) or a simplistic dot of black is a chic nod to the trend.


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Colour Pop 

Solid blocks of vibrant hues are an easy way to brighten up your look and dominated the Roland Mouret and Sonia Rykiel runways. Try bold yellows, oranges, blues or reds with a glossy top coat for instant impact.


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High Gloss Black

Black nails remain a strong trend moving into SS16. Bring the look up-to-date with a high shine top coat, like the models at Gareth Pugh and Julien Macdonald’s London Fashion Week shows, for an edgy finish to your spring/ summer outfits.

(Photos, from top to bottom: Manish Arora: REX/Shutterstock; Lily James: Startraks Photo; Manish Arora: REX/Shutterstock; Cushnie et Ochs: WWD; Nicky Hilton: Startraks Photo; Rosie Fortescue: Anna Sandul – all REX/Shutterstock.)

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