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Autumn berry nails; Tried & tested; Wave goodbye to pastels and welcome berries with these four new season shades right at your fingertips.

Byline: Words: Zoe Cripps and Octavia Lillywhite

Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy, [euro]9.99

(shown in Queen Of Hearts) Beauty ed says: This new formula means you have a colour and a base coat all in one swipe. The range has 30 shades, but this sultry berry takes centre stage on my autumn lust list. The colour lasts well and my nails felt nicely plumped.

Reader tester says: 'Very impressive. A lovely glossy colour and it really did look great without a base or a top coat. I wouldn't say one swipe was enough, though - two coats looked best. A really "expensive mani" finish.' Bernice Myers

Essie Fall 2014 Collection, [euro]9.99

(shown in Dress To Kilt)

Beauty ed says: 'Shades so chic it's almost criminal,' they say. I say a nice six-piece collection with hit and miss autumn colours. There's a dodgy grey and a slightly sickly khaki, but the shining star is this deep red. Not ground-breaking, but it perked up my talons. Reader tester says: 'This red looked amazing in the bottle, and came out very true on my nails. It dries lovely and shiny, but for a really glossy finish it needs a top coat too.' Sue Dwyer

Barry M Nail Paint, [euro]4.49 (shown in Vivid Purple) Beauty ed says: Barry M has so many gorgeous new season shades launching, but this dark purple hits two trends at once - berry and gothic. The brush is small, but it covered my nails evenly and had a nice finish after two layers. Bargain.

Reader tester says: 'This purple was really flattering. It didn't chip for ages and my nails were touch-dry in one minute. The brush was a bit thin, but it meant I didn't get a splodgy finish. Impressive.' Joyce Torme

OPI Nordic Collection, [euro]14 (shown in Skating On Thin Ice-Land) Beauty ed says: Inspired by northern lights and wintery fjords, this new range has 12 seriously Scandi shades for autumn. They may not be quite as satisfying as a cinnamon bun, but the colours are rich and shiny and the deep purple looked lovely against my tan-less hands (sob).

Reader tester says: 'This deep berry is a fun shade to wear - I was noticing my lovely nails all the time. It painted really well, and with two coats it didn't chip for a couple of days. Thumbs up.' Donna Whittel

Berry nice

Shh Nails nail artist Toyah Anderson dishes out the tips on getting your fingers fit for fall

Dark polish can stain nails. To avoid this, make sure you use a good quality base coat first and let it dry properly before painting on the colour. (Notebook loves Orly Bonder, [euro]13.95.)

If your nails are stained already, dabbing on some lemon juice on a cotton pad can help remove them.

To stop nails from chipping and keep them moisturised, apply a good top coat. Repeat the top coat layer every other day to keep your nails new and shiny.

Winter can be damaging to nails, so try using fortified nail polishes - Sally Hansen do some good ones.

This will help to strengthen them. Also, nail treatment oils are perfect for keeping cuticles in good shape.

Trends to watch out for this season are rich, decadent colours and some earthy tones such as forest greens. Pick shades that suit you by looking at your skin tone. Warmer tones will suit deep red and dark green, while cooler tones look better in raspberry and plum.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 28, 2014
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