2016 nail trends

Nails are the ultimate accessory. From square to almond or round, in long or neatly short, the team at Beauty EQ take our fortnightly mani's very seriously. Always on the look for an on-trend shade and finish, we are swooning over navy with a touch of sparkle, dark charcoal grey, classic red for after five and an opaque nude for all those occasions in between. When it comes to grown up girls nail art, think diagonal lines and stripes, or go for the new-look French with dark or metallic sliver, copper or gold tips.  

Here's a roundup of some of the most sophisticated nails trends for 2016.

Navy is nothing new, but it's had a chic update this winter. With a touch of sparkle, it's much more sophisticated than in matte and textures range from baby-fine to brilliant chunks of glitter.
Best worn: On short, square nails. Or a longer coffin shaped nail.

Charcoal Grey
It's moody and modern - and we consider it the new black. If you're tired of wearing black or beige, grey is the new on-trend neutral that is oh so chic. 
Best worn: On a slightly rounded, short, nail shape. Wear any shade from a soft dove grey or dark charcoal. This is one colour that looks amazing with a matte topcoat. 

Classic red
When it comes to standout shades, a classic berry or apple red is still on trend for winter. We always reach for red or wine with blue undertones; it looks better on a pale skin in winter. Opt for a yellow or coral tone in summer with a tan.
Best worn: Red looks great on any nail length, it is chic and elegant on short, natural-shaped nails, or super sexy when painted on an almond-shaped nail.

Opaque nude
Nude shades such as beige and pale pink will never date. These are the most universally flattering on any skin tone. However, this season a creamy '70s-inspired beige is bang on-trend. Opaque, warm and shiny is your guide when it comes to the finish.
Best worn: Trim, squoval (square oval) or softly rounded natural-shaped nails.

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