Winter nail trends: the 5 new hues you need

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New season nail art is sophisticated with a hint of shimmer

Move over, matte - this season, high shine metallic is making its return.  "Metallic - in shades of deep blue turquoise and purple metallic, gold and copper - is a huge trend globally," confirms Madeline Poole, global colour ambassador for Sally Hansen. "We saw it in New York, London, Milan and Paris."

But that doesn't give you license to reach for the hot pink glitter - sticking to dark tones and on-trend shades sobers up the shimmer. "Deep reds, plums, navy and nudes are winter favourites," says Monika Carvalho, co-owner of The Nail Lab in Darlinghurst. "From a trend perspective we're finding many clients stick with a classic shade but runway-to-real-way it up with the use of a feature nail, contrasting tips or a bespoke trend like the use of negative space." Here are the five shades you need on shelf this season.  

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1. Charcoal
"We've transitioned from a creamy blue grey to a dark charcoal this winter," says Carvalho. "You can't go past our Derek for your ultimate winter hue - it's a dark and stormy grey that's neutral enough to go with everything but deep enough to stand alone."

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2. Indigo blue
In winter, navy nails are where it's at. The modern alternative to deep red, navy lifts an all-black ensemble and offers instant polish. But it's not the only blue hue having a moment - from all-out electric to iridescent metallic, experiment with the entire spectrum. New hues to try include I Sea You Wear OPI and My Car Has Navy-gation from OPI's new Brights collection, available from next week.

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3. Forest green
"The greens are amazing for autumn," says Poole. "I especially loved the reflective metallic turquoise at Karen Walker and the beautiful gunmetal nails at John Richmond." Stick to shades of velvety teal, deep forest green or of-the-moment khaki - we can't wait for Dior's new khaki nail lacquer to hit shelves on August 3. Until then, experiment with Sally Hansen Insta Dri 'On Pines & Needles', 'Jungle Gem' or 'I-Rush Luck.'

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4.  Plum
Complement your rich berry lip with deep plum nails - the ideal accessory to your winter wardrobe. Pairing especially well with grey, plum and purple tones add warmth and drama - especially if you opt for a daring violet hue. Try The Berry Thought of You from OPI. For a classic alternative, opt for deep glossy red. "With so many different hues of red, there's one to suit every skin tone and personality and compliment every shifting fashion trend," says Carvalho.

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5. Nude
When you crave a break from dramatic nails but can't bear the thought of going, well, bare, coat nails in a high-shine nude. "The 'no make-up, make-up' will continue to trend on nails," says Carvalho. "With such a selection of different nude offerings, a neutral nail will continue to remain timeless and chic." Choose a nude that's beige rather than pink-based to avoid straying into bridal territory. 

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