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Time to nail the trends.

Byline: BY LISA HAYNES

WHEN we're updating our look for the new season, nails are often glossed over. But taking on new trends with your talons is one of the hottest ways to make a statement and update your style.

Forget the traditional French manicure, inject some colour into your ensembles quick-smart with this season's most stylish nail shades.

INDIGO Just as the catwalks were awash with purple, the trend for nails is very much about indulging in indigo. Purple, navy and blues are big news on the nail front right now. These colours may be dabbling with the dark side, but they're far more flattering than harsh gothic black.

TRY: Avon's purple Decadence Nailwear Nail Enamel, pounds 5 or Opi Russian Navy, pounds 9.50 (01923 240010/www.lenawhite.co.uk) or GOSH Nail Lacquer in Oceanic, pounds 5.99 available at Superdrug.

METALLIC Metallic, yes; glitter, no.

Sparkle just isn't going to cut the style mustard if you're over 16 years of age.

But, just like the catwalk craze, metallic should be a glamour puss's staple for autumn/winter Look out for dreamy bronzes, shimmering silvers and glistening pale golds for an ultra-luxurious look on your nails.

TRY: Barbara Daly Mini Nails in Midas, pounds 2.20 at Tesco, Chanel Le Vernis Gold Shimmer, pounds 13 available at Boots, or Miss Nail Bar Silver Diva Polish Duo, pounds 6.95 available at Superdrug.

GREY MATTER If there's one nail colour that's got everyone in a flap this season, it's gun metal-grey in a super-matt shade. From Nicole Farhi to Chloe, catwalks went wild for grey talons. Barry M's New Grey nail paint hits shelves this week and the celebrity waiting lists are already stacking up.

Superdrug's head of cosmetics Simon Comins says: "This shade looks best when used on short nails with a high gloss top coat."

TRY: BarryMGrey Nail Paint, pounds 2.95, available at Superdrug, or Nails Inc Limited Edition A/WTrio, including Maddox Street gun metal grey, pounds 20 (www.nailsinc.com).

SCARLET WOMAN The sexy 40s siren look was huge on the catwalks, as seen on the models at Valentino and D&G.

If you don't want to be on red alert, look for muted deeper shades of red or luscious plum.

TRY: MeMeMe Advance Wear Red pounds 3.18 at Superdrug, Essie A-List red, pounds 8.50 (www.nailsbymail.co.uk), or Opi Catherine The Grape, pounds 9.50 (01923 240010/www.lenawhite.co.uk).

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Be a scarlet lady with red talons, from MeMeMe Advance Wear Red, pounds 3.18; Barbara Daly's Limited Edition Mini Nails, pounds 2.20 each, at Tesco
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 1, 2007
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