Spinning The Colour Wheel : 4 Ideas For Your Fall/Winter Manicure


Spinning the colour wheel today to offer you four ideas for your Fall/Winter manicure. From a lovely neutral to the vampiest oxblood, a shade that initially came about as a happy accident, your Fall/Winter manicure is now officially sorted.

chanel bleached mauve
Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour: Bleached Mauve

Chanel Le Vernis Bleached Mauve 646

This is the ideal smart-looking neutral that can be worn by anyone. At some point during the colder months, it’s easy to get tired of reds, wines and plum manicure shades, especially once the year-end festivities have ended. So this is where Bleached Mauve comes in.

I’ve offered a full description of the shade [in this post] when it was among some new additions to my makeup bag. I love how it creates a clean line between the nail and finger and how sophisticated the overall manicure looks with this shade.

Plus a shade such as this, with peachy undertones, is a great alternative to sheer baby pink shades that neutral lovers tend to reach for.

chanel rouge red
Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour: Rouge Red

Chanel Le Vernis Rouge Red 546

From neutral to red, Rouge Red has come and nudged aside my other favourite red which is the shade Pirate. Rouge Red is red in its truest incarnation, so it’s likely to suit any skin tone.

Apart from this being the ultimate choice for a classic red nail manicure, its wear time is impressive as I got a full week before it needed changing although I could have stretched it for a couple more days.

Plus, it applies smoothly, dries quickly and retains a glossy finish for the duration of wear time. With two coats you can absolutely wear this without topcoat but I’d vote for always using atop any nail polish you’re wearing.

smith and cult lovers creep
Smith and Cult Nail Lacquer Lovers Creep

Smith and Cult Nail Lacquer in Lovers Creep

This one is for the Bordeaux lovers, except instead of a bottle of red wine from the Bordeaux region of France, Smith and Cult have offered it for your Fall/Winter manicure..and pedicure. I love a deep red nail, so when I saw this one I fell for it instantly.

Admittedly, I ran into some issues with the application as I felt it wasn’t going on as evenly as I would have liked.

The second coat made things a bit better and once I added topcoat, that helped a lot. Barring that, the shade is beautiful, plus Smith and Cult nail polishes usually have great staying power. Therefore I’d still suggest it for a manicure that has a bit more ‘edge’ to it.

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour: Rouge Noir
Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour: Rouge Noir 18

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour Rouge Noir 18

Here’s a quote ”black and white are joined by red” and this one ”red-black”. Chanel regards Rouge Noir as a red-black and I am in full agreement with that as evidenced by when I wrote about this shade in another manicure post you may [read here]. 

I believe I’ve written about or photographed this nail polish numerous times since I’ve had it and that’s because it’s an unlikely classic. If you’ve seen the film Pulp Fiction, Uma Therman was wearing it and if you’ve seen Madonna’s Take A Bow music video, she wore it then as well.

chanel rouge noir

The application, finish and wear are unparalleled and it has inspired a slew of ‘reincarnations’ at just about every price point. Rouge Noir benefits from adding a topcoat although if a matte manicure is more to your liking, then wear it without topcoat. Also, pair it with your favourite rings or bracelets and watch the shade pop against your skin, especially since accessories add life to your overall look during the colder months.

Chanel’s nail polishes are all 5-free, while Smith and Cult nail polishes are 8-free. It’s also important to point out that more than anything, my suggestions are based on the shades more so than on the brand.

So here’s to Fall/Winter manicures, from smart-looking neutrals to the deepest berry or black based nail polish.

Take a chance and see where it takes you and while you do that, I’ve compiled the ultimate beauty podcast playlist [for you here]in anticipation of the next time you need something fun and informative to listen to and I hope this helps.




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(6) Comments

  1. backstorybeauty says:

    Thanks ever so much, yes the maroon is beautiful and glossy polishes are the best xx

  2. All the shades are so pretty. The nude one is much needed as we do get bored of wearing darker shades all the time. The red is such a pretty one and I love the glossy look of it. I like the bottle of Smith and Cult polishes and this maroon is stunning. I love the shot you posted on your IG. 🙂

    Via |

  3. backstorybeauty says:

    You’re welcome..Rouge Noir is such a rare colour! I hope if you try Smith and Cult you’ll enjoy the brand. Their red shade in Kundalini Hustle is a gorgeous tomato red that may be to your liking xx

  4. Such great picks. I’m wearing Chanel Rouge Noir on my toes right now and yes, it was my love of Uma Thurman’s character in Pulp Fiction that made me buy it! I would kill to own an original bottle of Vamp. I haven’t tried Smith and Cult polishes but now I really want to. Thanks for the excellent choices!

  5. backstorybeauty says:

    Hi Sahara,

    So glad Rouge Noir is your favourite shade, it’s brilliant and has such universal potential. And yes, Bleached Mauve is certainly the ‘goes with every season’ shade, far above reproach and timeless. Thank you 🙂

  6. I love the shade of the Chanel Le Vernis Bleached Mauve, it looks like the perfect stable nail color, definitely one that can be worn year round and a calm neutral to go to work with.

    The Rouge Red looks so nice and bright, I can imagine using it while wearing Stunna Lip Paint from Fenty, also love that it has a glossy finish as well.

    The Rouge Noir 18 definitely looks like the nail paint definition of autumn, have to say I think that’s my favorite shade of them all!

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