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The six biggest nail colour trends to try your hand at this winter.

Your feet may be tucked up in thick winter socks and boots, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with your nails.

In fact, it’s the easiest way ever to inject a little colour or personality into an often dark cold-weather wardrobe.

We’ve scoured the runways and fingertips of the most fashionable to identify the biggest nail colour trends of the season – and whether you like it subtle or stand out, they do not disappoint.

Metallics.

A winter favourite, metallic’s have stuck around for the last few years and it’s not hard to see why. They add a touch of shimmer without being over the top and go with just about everything. Naeem Khan took his one step further for his A/W ’17 runway show, combining metallics to create a gilded bronze texture.

Top pick: Sally Hansen Colour Therapy in Powder Room, $16.95.

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Neutrals

These are anything but beige. They're a little bit quirky and texture-rich, designed to mimic natural materials. For Alexander Wang's A/W '17 show, nail artist Rita Remark for Essie achieved a concrete look by layering Sand Tropez with Sugar Daddy and finishing with a matte topcoat.

Top pick: Essie Nail Colour in Sand Tropez, $14.95.

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Ombre

Who said you had to commit to just one colour? Creatures of Comfort saw manicures of all different colours on each fingernail. The trick to not looking like you've been attacked by a primary school student is to try and keep them to similar tones to complement each other.

Top pick: COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Constant Caribbean, $6.95.

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Graphic tips

The manicure is back, with a slight twist. Instead of your usual french tips, many designers including Jenny Packham went for more graphic, angular designs or at least interesting colours. Keep it grown up with smokey greys, khakis or navys or go bold with scarlet red.

Top pick: L'Oreal Pairs Colour Riche Le Vernis L'Huile in Gris Decadence, $9.95.

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Glitter.

When it comes to nails, all that glitters really is gold. Add a little bit of sparkle to your fingertips with a layer of gold flecks or gold detailing to keep things interesting. Oh, and it's also perfect for those days when you want to hide your chips but don't have time to redo. Lazy? Nah, we like to think of it as 'on trend'...

Top pick: RIMMEL 60 Seconds Super Shine Nail Polish in Darling, You are Fabulous, $5.95.

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Vampy.

In the winter months, darker colours will always reign. We're talking dark purples, inky blues and red wine hues. For something a little off the wall, try using a matte top coat rather than your usual gloss.

Top pick: OPI Nail Lacquer in We The Female, $19.95.

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What are your favourite winter nail styles? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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