If you think about it, November is a time when your hands are truly on full display. You’re preparing side dishes for Friendsgiving or perhaps going in for second helpings at Thanksgiving, and, more than likely, you’re spending time picking out presents and wrapping them, too. Since you’re putting your hands to work, you might as well treat them to a November 2019 nail art design or solid shade mani that’s pretty to look at — and lasts for weeks.
“Warmer browns, terracotta tones, dark teal, creamy grays, glittery shades, burgundies, and deep wine tones are everything right now,” editorial nail artist Elizabeth Garcia tells TZR. “And matte finishes are great with those neutral and dark tones. There’s something about a matte nail that makes the shade look creamier.”
As for actual designs, simplicity is still key — and the new spin on French manicures (as spotted during Fashion Month Spring/Summer 2020 ) is still in high demand. “The ’90s are back!” Garcia notes. “But I’m also seeing the classic shape with the deep smile in darker colors. I see ombre with glitter, gold foil flakes, and colorful foils ahead.”
Ready to book your appointment? Ahead, see the styles that customers are requesting at some of the most popular salons in the country.
Shine Times Two
“We’re loving mixed metals, like our Like Future (an icy silver glitter) + Like Spark (fiery copper). These nail art shapes are super modern with negative space to tone down the glitters a bit for a sophisticated look.” — Eleanor Langston, Founder + Chief Creative Officer of Paintbox, New York City
Denim & Gold
“Our Like Rain polish looks especially chic with a matte topcoat and then a gold leafing, like our Saturday Night manicure. It’s soft but still makes a statement. Try it in other dark tones like our Like Wild and Like Spice shades.” — Langston
“Tortoise shell nails are the hottest trend of the season. We’ve seen a huge influx in animal print overall. I think the twist on these designs is the most unique — you’ll see a half French with color blocked tortoise, or gradation with tiger print.” — Rita Pinto, Founder of Vanity Projects, New York City and Miami
Negative Space Everything
“These designs are so buzzy because the grow out looks good and you can wear them longer than two weeks. Plus, it looks clean and crisp and there are a lot of amazing designs that you can use to make them pop.” — Pinto
Tonal Ombré Mani
“The skittles mani has graduated into the tonal ombré mani. It’s unique because it’s nail art without the serious commitment. As the weather gets cooler, we’ll start to see designs that are either warm and cozy — like creamy taupes to rose blush — or dark to light — be it a crisp white to black or midnight blue. You can achieve the look with our new Cookies and Creme kit.” — Sarah Gibson Tuttle, Founder and CEO of Olive & June, Los Angeles
The Skinny French
“We are loving that the ’90s are really having a moment in nails right now. The French is back, and we’re starting to see people lean towards wearing darker colors sooner than they have in past years. We are already starting to see requests for a skinny French using a light base (MM, EC and CDJ are some of our favorite bases from the Olive & June line) with a thin french in a dark or metallic shade like E+M, HJ, LL or OJSM from our just-launched Winter Collection. It’s unique because it’s a great way to refresh an old favorite and it’s easy to hide tip-wear on your nails by adding a skinny French.” — Gibson-Tuttle