Summer can’t come soon enough.

While there’s only a few months mere weeks left until we whip off our shirts and run towards the sound of the ocean screaming “summmmmer!”, international fashion shows are already dictating beauty trends for spring/summer 2018. Luckily, living in the southern hemisphere means we’ll get to trial them first. So here’s some mani-inducing inspiration you’ll be wearing this holiday season for your viewing pleasure.


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Hear us out: there’s nothing like citrus to cleanse the palette, or in this case completely shake off winter vibes. Models at Marc Jacobs Spring 2018 show wore orange on their nails, showcasing two statement-making orange shades (one fanta-bright and the other more coral) that brought back the retro hue without feeling outdated. Beginners, start with sherbet and pink-based oranges.

Similar shades:
NEW Kester Black Nail Polish in ‘Apricot Nectar’.
NEW Mavala Delicate Collection Nail Colour in ‘Mango Orchid’.
J.Hannah Nail Polish in ‘Saltillo’.


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As one of the most requested shades in Sydney nail salons, nude is the universal safe choice. This spring/summer, it’s even lighter and brighter with a touch of pink, as seen at Marc Jacobs Spring 2018 show. This demure, feminine shade has been the beauty industry’s IT colour of 2017 with KKW Beauty, Fenty Beauty, Mecca Cosmetica and many more brands tapping into its understated aesthetic.

Similar shades:
Nails Inc. NailKale Polish in ‘St Johns Wood’
O.P.I. Nail Lacquer Neutrals in ‘Bubble Bath’
CHANEL Le Vernis in ‘Ballerina’ (available in David Jones)


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Lighter nail shades are less forgiving and hard to perfect. Marc Jacobs Lead manicurist, Jin Soon Choi applied polish slightly above the cuticle for a perfectly imperfect look to mimic an out-grown manicure.

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At Marchesa’s Spring 2018 show, O.P.I Infinite Shine Polish in ‘Don’t Provoke The Plum‘ was used to complement the oriental collection, inspired by the designer’s travels to Japan. While plum is usually reserved for cooler seasons, this one sits closer to fuchsia making it suitable for summer. Pair with frosé or red wine on a balmy summer’s evening and girl, you’re done.

Similar colours:
Essie Nail Colour in ‘Big Spender’
Dior Vernis in ‘785 Cosmopolite’
Butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in ‘Queen Vic’


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Nails were noticeably bare on the catwalk as seen at Marc Jacobs, Dior, Stella McCartney, YSL and many more. Admittedly, this is probably the most realistic summer nail routine. Use the reprieve between polish to saturate your nails with a nourishing base-coat or hardening nail treatment. Glossy or matte, your call.

Revitanail Whitening Glow
Manicare Maximum Strength Nail Hardener
O.P.I. Natural Nail Hardener


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The classic hue was used both in touches for nail art and on its own at the Spring 2018 shows from Phillip Lim 3.1. to the L’Oreal Paris Fashion Show where Jane Fonda wore it on her nails while she triumphantly held her hands up  in a peace sign down the runway, and what’s good enough for Fonda is surely good enough for every girl, mother and grandmother. The colour is basically anti-ageing.

Similar colours:
OPI Nail Lacquer – Blacks
CND Nail Polish/Shellac in ‘Dark Dahlia’

REVLON Nail Enamel in ‘Knockout’


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Whether you get silver specs as seen at Anna Sui, or a metallic half moons by Calvin Lau (both done with O.P.I polishes) – make this reflective colour your party season go to for something that looks just as fresh the next morning and the one after that, and the one after that. Glitter, as you know, has massive staying power.

Similar colours:
O.P.I Nail Lacquer – Neutrals in ‘Happy Anniversary’
Smith & Cult Nail Polish in ‘Glass Souls’ (now available at Sephora Australia)
Essie Luxe Effects Nail Polish in ‘Set In Stones’


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Tell us, what’s your go-to nail shade for summer?


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