"Cherry Nails" Is Winter's Most Expensive-Looking Nail Trend

Lately as I've been scrolling on IG, one thing has become clear: we're fully in the swing of our autumn nail trends. From brown nails to dark French tips, we're embracing those autumn and winter shades as we book in for our salon appointments. However, there's one shade I'm seeing everywhere night now, and that's cherry red.


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If summer was all about the cutesy "strawberry girl" aesthetic, then autumn has ushered in the moodier, more grown-up cherry vibe. All of the top London nail techs have been sharing their takes on this expensive-looking hue on their Instagram grids, and I'm now seeing it all over the fashion set, too. There are so many shades of red to choose from, so what what exactly do we define as "cherry"? Both rich and glossy, these darker-toned reds have a luxurious lacquer that resembles a punnet of freshly picked cherries. They can have an almost purple undertone, or some shades have a brighter, true red base—a nod to maraschino cherries.

Want in on the cherry nails aesthetic? I've saved my favourite cherry red looks below, as well as the best dark red nail polishes to get the look at home if you're not heading to the salon.

Cherry Red Nails


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This shade almost looks good enough to eat.


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Deeper reds look beautiful on shorter nails.


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How gorgeous is this ripe cherry hue?


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Combining dark cherry hues and French tips, this mani ticks off two trends in one. I love the contrasting matte and gloss finish, too. 


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Dark cherry red looks great as a micro-French tip. Why not experiment with a little heart or cherry nail art in the same shade?


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How pretty is this double French-tip look in cherry red?

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Eleanor Vousden
Beauty Editor, Who What Wear UK

Eleanor Vousden is the beauty editor for Who What Wear UK. She was previously deputy editor at Hairdressers Journal, health writer at Woman & Home and junior beauty editor at beauty website Powder. She has also contributed to Wallpaper and Elle Collections with written and styling work.Working as a beauty journalist since 2015 after graduating in fashion journalism at the London College of Fashion, she has been highly commended at the BSME Talent Awards for her work on Powder and also contributed to the title winning Website of the Year at the PPA Awards.Eleanor’s journalistic focus is to provide readers with honest and helpful beauty content. Through words, video and live broadcast, she has interviewed several celebrity makeup artists, hairstylists and top dermatologists throughout her career, as well as celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Scarlett Johansson. She has a particular interest in finding solutions for acne and eczema, which she has experienced firsthand. She has also amassed a large collection of fragrances and can never say no to a new candle.When she’s not writing or testing the latest beauty product or treatments, she’s on the seafront in her hometown of Brighton and Hove, where she lives with her partner and her miniature dachshund.