Welcome your clients’ nails to the dark side this season with rich, deep nail polish shades.
Fall is the perfect time of year to take nails to the darker side of the colour spectrum. While not all clients may be comfortable with jet-black nails, there’s a plethora of options that can help them embrace darker tones. “People tend to shy away from dark nails because they feel like it’s gothic, but if you accessorize properly, they can actually look quite chic, clean and elegant,” says John Nguyen, CND education ambassador.
Getting Creative with Colour: Trending Fall Nail Colours
Bordeaux reds, eggplant purples, navy blues and charcoal greys are just a few colour options that can give nails a similar effect to black polish. “Do something a little unexpected, but not super-trendy,” recommends Nguyen, who suggests using CND’s Oxblood, a deep red polish from the brand’s new Craft Culture Collection, or classic deep purple-toned shades like Dark Dahlia and Plum Paisley to achieve a bold, dark look.
The dark trend was featured on the runway for fall/winter 2016 at New York Fashion Week. OPI’s lead nail artist, Alicia Torello, layered a coat of Infinite Shine We’re In The Black over Raisin’ the Bar to create a “dark romance” look for Rodarte’s fall/winter 2016 collection.
To ease clients into darker colours, Chelsea Baart, global artist and educator for OPI, says she offers clients darker shades of their go-to colours: “I have one lady who says she wants to try black nail polish one of these days, so I’ve been easing her in with the darker shades of some of the colours she usually wears, like crimson red or deep pink.” In addition to OPI’s classic dark purple Lincoln Park After Dark and deep black-red Black Cherry Chutney, Baart recommends shades from OPI’s fall/winter Washington DC collection, including chocolate brown Shh… It’s Top Secret, plum Kerry Blossom and charcoal “Liv” in the Gray.
Nailing the Details: Softening Dark Nails with Nail Art
Accessorizing with nail art can help soften the harshness of dark nails. “It can be simple techniques such as sponging a secondary colour on top to break up the darkness or lightening it up with a little bit of gold or a splash of silver,” says Nguyen, who also recommends using a fanned brush to apply a lighter colour over a darker colour for a more rustic, ombré effect.
Pairing darker colours with softer colours, including mixing warm tones with cool tones, is another trend for fall. Baart says this season is about breaking the rules of traditional nail colours. “With nail design these days, we’re not always wearing just one colour. It’s about breaking the rules and going all out to make nails pop.”