The ongoing beauty ritual can feel relentless. An endless cycle of waxing, eyebrow shaping, hair cutting, highlighting, nail painting. I even went through a phase of eyelash extensions which are, admittedly, for blondies like me, amazing. You wake up in the morning and actually have eyes.

These things have slowly dropped off. Partly an end of summer thing, partly just not having the time, partly the expense. Plus, I’m single, so quite frankly, sod it. If I meet someone, great, then I’ll deal with my albino caterpillar brows as and when necessary.

The manicure and pedicure, however, prevail. That time in the massage chair, with those little metal fists pummelling my knots and feet soaking in a bowl of warm water, is precious. I can stop, just for a while, without feeling guilty about not doing anything.

Choosing a nail colour can be a challenge because there are an almost infinite number of colour variations and then you can mix them, layer them, add sequins… Here we list our Top 5 colours for autumn.

HøFSisters Top 5

Chanel Le Vernis Dragon Autumn 2016 trend

Chanel Le Vernis Dragon £18 – no list would be complete without a classic red. The red gracing my nails this winter will be Chanel Le Vernis Dragon, a beautiful, warm, deep red which in certain lights verges on burgundy. If you’re feeling a bit hungover or weather beaten, a layer of this beautiful polish will make you feel a million dollars (sterling doesn’t cut it right now). It goes on beautifully and looks fantastic with a light colour chunky knit.

Midnight blue gel polish

CND Shellac Midnight Swim – this midnight blue is Zoe’s favourite colour from her local Las Vegas Nails. It’s a gel polish, which can last up to 3 weeks, so one to consider when you feel like treating yourself to a professional manicure. It is a beautiful deep blue; sophisticated, chic and so much easier to pull off than the black trend. If you feel it’s still too dark, paint just half a nail over a nude or greige colour (see below) for an on trend two tone look.

ARTDECO Greige nail polish autumn winter 2016 trends

ARTDECO Art Couture 792 Greige Land £10.50halfway between grey and beige, what should be a very boring colour has taken the fashion world by storm. It’s chic, sophisticated and goes with almost anything, which is the best part because, let’s be honest, who actually changes their nail polish with their outfit.

Chrome holographic nail polish autumn winter 2016 trends

Christian Louboutin Miss Mars £36 – holographic nails are peppered heavily across Instagram this autumn. Miss Mars is a grown up way to tap into this trend – chrome in colour with a shimmering blue which catches the light. It’s pricey for a nail polish but comes straight off Christian Louboutin’s vampish A/W16 runway collection and the bottle belongs in MOMA.

Forest Green Trend Nail Colours Polish Autumn Winter 2016

Essie Stylemonics £7.99 – the emerald green that featured so heavily in fashion in spring/summer has evolved with the cooling seasons into a dark, forest green. A thing of beauty, especially for those with olive or darker skin tones.