There is a definite chill in the air, so time to let go of pastels and brights and embrace a new colour palette for the season ahead

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Whether you’re treating yourself to a fresh manicure to brighten up days working from home, or supporting your favourite local salon, channel the current mood with deeper shades.

Autumn tends to herald a move towards classics. Jewel tones and sophisticated neutrals work well with classic autumn wardrobe staples like muted knits, camel coats and a return to dark blacks and navies. Here are the shades to polish up with now, from iconic brands and environmentally-friendly options:

Cult favourites

Try: Essie nail polish in Bordeaux, from Boots (€6.66). This deep wine red shade is a classic that will be a go-to in the season ahead.

Try: CND Vinylux in Mercurial, Millie (€10.76). This muted metallic has an inviting warmth to it.

Try: Nails Inc in Chelsea Square (€18). This subtle shimmer is the perfect warm rose shade.

Try: OPI Fall-Ing for Mulan, from lookfantastic.com. The new Muse of Mulan collection features oranges, browns and teals.

Try: Chanel Le Vernis in Vibration, Brown Thomas (€25.58). This ultra shiny deep pink is a perfect statement nail colour.

Environmentally-friendly

Try: Nailberry in Ring A Posie, lookfantastic.com (€16.95). This vintage shade is gorgeous for daytime, and is vegan and chemical-free.

Try: Manucurist nail polish in Grey Agata, stocked at Avoca (€14.95). This warm taupe tone is an ideal neutral for autumn, and Manucurist nail polishes are vegan, cruelty-free and non-toxic.

Try: Zao nail polish in Petrol Blue from thekind.co (€10). The range is available in a wide selection of colours, is toxin free and contains silica from bamboo oil to strengthen your nails.

Try: Ella + Mila in shade Paradise Isle, available from Skinfull Affairs. It is free from seven chemicals (Formaldehyde, Toluene, DiButyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, TPHP, Xylene), vegan and cruelty-free.