Andrea Miller
Andrea Miller
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A Case for Neutral Nails This Winter

As mesmerizing as succulent nails, negative-space and shattered-glass manis can be, we may have reached peak nail art.

The resulting pendulum swing has led us to a place where less is more, and that goes for nail colour too. Where I’d usually grab a deep burgundy, a classic red or an aubergine come December, now I’m all about the neutral nail. To be clear, that doesn’t mean a totally naked nail bed, and it still requires maintenance, especially giving your cuticles a decent amount of TLC. But the confidence to go for a more subtle shade that looks clean and unfussy, elongates the fingers and goes. with. everything. is undeniable. Here are my top 3 picks for staying neutral this season.

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I love the Sarah Moon for Nars collection, based on Fritz Lang’s 1927 sci-fi classic Metropolis, and my first choice is La Dame en Blanc, a high-gloss polish that dries to a shiny beige finish.

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Nail maven Deborah Lippmann’s option in the subdued category is, fittingly, called Naked and goes on quite sheer, so at least two coats are recommended.

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And mani mainstay Essie’s Between the Seats boasts a slightly pinky-lavender undertone for the girl who can’t live without a little colour.

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