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The Most Popular Neutral Shades At Nail Salons

You can’t go wrong with a classic, neutral mani. Here, we asked some of London’s top salons to share their most requested shades…

Photography: MAGDALENA M/STOCKSY UNITED

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OPI Bubble Bath Nail Polish, £13.90

SALON: Blow Ltd, @BlowLtd

Top manicurists swear by this suits-all, sheer shade that leaves behind a clean finish. A soft pink, it needs a couple of layers to build up the intensity, while a single coat will give a glossy effect that looks seriously expensive.

Available at LOOKFANTASTIC.com

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CND Nail Lacquer in Satin Slippers, £11.95

SALON: DryBy, @DryByLondon

A soft, pinky white, ‘Satin Slippers’ looks great against all skin tones and doesn’t need lots of layers to build the colour – one sweep delivers instant impact. Extra points go to the added vitamin E, keratin and jojoba oil, all of which condition and strengthen nails, as well as smoothing out any ridges.

Available at LoveCND.com

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London Grace No Nonsense Nails in Willow, £12

SALON: London Grace, @Ldn_Grace

Thanks to its beige undertones, ‘Willow’ looks particularly good against olive skin tones, as well as those who are very fair. It’s a soft neutral, but several coats will give it more definition and richness. The wider brush makes application a breeze.

Available at LondonGrace.com

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OPI Put It In Neutral, £11.44

SALON: Duck & Dry, @DuckAndDry

Dubbed the ‘perfect neutral for all skin tones’, OPI’s pretty pink hue looks clean, chic and polished. Ideal for anyone that wants something more understated.

Available at OPI.com

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Kure Bazaar Nail Polish in Kimono, £15

SALON: Nails & Brows Mayfair, @NailsAndBrowsMayfair

Kure Bazaar does some of the best neutral shades and ‘Kimono’ is right up there. A cross between a light pink and soft grey, it’s an ideal choice if you want a high-shine finish. All Kure polishes are free from certain ingredients, resulting in better preservation of your nails and fewer chips.

Available at JohnAndGinger.com

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Nailberry L’Oxygene Nail Lacquer in Simplicity, £15

SALON: Townhouse, @MyTownhouseUK

Billed as a ‘creamy beige’, this is one to try if you want to steer clear of pink. It flatters all skin tones and is a great choice for everyday wear – especially if you’re after a shade that isn’t too overpowering.

Available at NailBerry.com

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OPI Nail Lacquer in Coastal Sand-Tuary, £11.44

SALON: Secret Spa, @SecretSpaUK

Prefer your neutrals on the whiter side? Go for this option from OPI. Clean, fresh and suitable for everyone, the creamy ivory shade looks sophisticated and feminine. It’s especially good against darker skin tones, and in the summer when you have a tan. Like all OPI polishes, we love the high-shine finish.

Available at OPI.com

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Margaret Dabbs London in Sweet Pea, £14

SALON: Margaret Dabbs, @Margaret_Dabbs_London

Margaret Dabbs’ ‘Sweat Pea’ has a rosy tint we can’t get enough of. It gives nails a healthy glow, like they’ve been buffed and polished to perfection. Added vitamin E helps prevent brittleness, while wild rose locks in moisture for better growth. Plus, the brush is nice and wide, so you can cover the entire nail surface at speed.

Available at MargaretDabbs.com

Sean Mitchell

Author at Pynck

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