Nail Shades – Top of Form
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
OPI Nail Lacquer in Samoan Sand, £12.16
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
Hydrating Foot Soak, 50ML, £7
SALON: Margaret Dabbs, @Margaret_Dabbs_London
With the divine scent of Lemon Myrtle, our Hydrating Foot Soak is designed to deliver immediate, effective relief for fatigued, flustered, aching and puffy feet and ankles with a silky smooth velvety finish. Simply add a couple of pumps of the creamy soak to a bowl of warm water or your relaxing bath and enjoy your own mini home spa experience!
Available at MargaretDabbs.com