Nail Expert Offers Tips on How To Wear Fall’s Nail Color Trends
Fall 2011 Fashion Week: How to Work This Season’s Nail Color Trends
Each year, fashionistas around the world eagerly await the trends that will grace the runways of New York Fashion Week. From head to toe, we take note as the industry’s top designers tell us what will be stylish for the coming season. Nails are no exception to this rule. Just like the other elements of a show, the nails of the models tell a story and offer a defined point of view. Creative Director of PrettyWoman USA, Aija Vilemsonne, offers her take on the forecasted nail trends for Fashion Week 2011, and gives advice on what skin tones look best with what colors, so that you can make an impact while keeping up with fashion’s elite.
A Note on Skin Tone
Knowing your skin tone is essential to maximizing yourlook, from clothing to makeup. Armed with this knowledge, we are able to make subtle changes to enhance our best features. Most of us are familiar with the old adage that skin tone can be defined in terms of seasons. Here, Aija provides a quick refresher course for determining your skin tone:
· Winter skintones range from pale, to olive, to dark. Undertones are typically blue or pink, with dark eyes and hair.
· Spring complexions are pale, with pinkish or bluish undertones. Spring skin tones are often blondes, or brunettes with light eyes.
· Autumn skintones have golden undertones. Most women who have autumn skin are red-heads or brunettes with brown eyes.
· Summer complexions have golden undertones, with peachy skin. It’s common to see straw-colored or red hair with light eyes.
Now, onto the trends.
Still Got the Blues
As more and more celebrities show off their “blue crushes” with everything from navy to sky blue, and fashion’s top designers crank out denim-themed collections, it’s become apparent to the beauty world that these hues are full steam ahead for fall. Aija cautions, “Choosing the right blue for your skin tone can be tricky; not every blue is flattering for every individual.”
· Winter: Go for high-impact colors like a deep navy or an icy-tinged pastel for the most flattering look.
· Spring: Stick tosomething defined like bright navy or a light whitish-blue to help make nails more striking.
· Autumn: With golden undertones, blue isn’t your most flattering color. Understated is the name of the game.
· Summer: Go with a soft blue pastel for maximum impact against your peachy skin. Go bold: you can afford it.
It appears that the fashion industry wants you to keep on blinging: fall metallics have hit the stores with a vengeance. It’s become clear that it doesn’t really matter which shade you decide on, because if it’s metallic, it’s in. In that case, Aija suggests takingadvantage of the fact that this trend is colorless: “You can customize the trend to work for you.”
· Winter: This is your chance to go bright! Whether an orange-red or shocking pink, take the plunge.
· Spring: Avoid dark colors and embrace something soft in the lavender or rose-brown category.
· Autumn: Go with gold or a color that has golden flecks. Orange and brown work best.
· Summer: From lavender to plum, the purple family is the way to go to maximize your look.
Nude nails can be difficult. Finding the right hue can be challenging, and though you’ll generally reach for a color that’ s closest to your skin tone, even if something seems perfect, it might clash with your skin once it’s applied. Aija explains, “Here, you should focus on your own undertones and those of the color you choose.”
· Winter: Subdued tones are not your most flattering, but sticking close to your skin tone will help.
· Spring: Go with a camel or a peachy color. Also, zero in on the brown family to complement your complexion.
· Autumn: Golden undertones are the name of the game. Particularly, beige and camel will work well.
· Summer: No matter what shade you decide, stick true to your skin’s undertones. Gowith a rose-tinged nude.
“The most important thing to remember about nails is to have fun with it. Make mistakes, test out new colors, and see what you think works best for you,” says Aija. After having read these tips,you’re already ahead of the pack!
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