Prettier Than Pink: 7 Manicures to Love

Prettier Than Pink: Unique Nail Colors to Love

As recently as six months ago, I could count the number of times I’d painted my nails on one hand. Nail polish is one of the easiest ways to switch up your look, but it always intimidated me. The whole nail art craze inspired me to try it again- after all, if women are wearing fur and holograms on their nails, I should be able to handle a solid color. I’ve grown to love greys and dark plums, and I even go whole-hog with a true red on occasion.

Even though classic reds and pinks are always pretty, I love counteracting spring’s pretty pastels and florals dresses with colors that have a little more edge, like the colors below. Whether you’re a polish-phobe or nail art junkie, try these unconventional colors and tell me what you think!

nails1Instead of a light pink, try shades of grey, from medium warm grey to pastel. Like pastel pink, they’re soft neutrals that go with pretty much any outfit. Gunmetal is plenty edgy but can feel like a neutral piece of jewelry with more conservative clothing.

nails2Instead of classic red, try a deep plum or red that’s so deep it borders on black. These dramatic darks feel a little vampy and make an impact against lighter colored ensembles. If you’re concerned about the look veering goth (and that’s not your thing), start with a dark polish that has subtle colored shimmer. Keeping the nails short keeps the look away from Cruella DeVille territory.


Instead of bright pink or fuchsia, try unexpected pops of blue or green. Royal blue feels preppy without being stuffy (just like Kate Middleton, the woman who made the color famous), and forest green has a boho-chic vibe. These shades are an unfussy way to add a pop of color to any outfit.

Nail colors in top photo, clockwise from top center: OPI Lincoln Park After Dark, Sally Hansen Gunmetal, Essie Chinchilly, OPI Skull and Glossbones, Essie Stylenomics, Essie Mesmerized, OPI Every Day is Oktoberfest.

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Merry and Bright: Red & Shimmery Gold Holiday Makeup

'Tis the Season to Shine: Red & Gold Holiday Makeup

I will fully admit that I’m not the most talented accessorizer. I rarely wear jewelry other than my wedding ring and heirloom family ring, and I’m always impressed by women that can stack bracelets and pile on necklaces to look amazing. One accessory that I never leave the house without, however, is makeup. On a day-to-day basis, I play it safe for my work environment, but weekends and nights out are another story.

When the holidays roll around, I go totally nuts. I bust out the bold lip color, I actually get a manicure for once, and I pile on the shimmer. My husband has a legitimate glitter phobia (no, seriously), so I’m restricted to shimmer and sequins.

These bold looks above for eyes, lips, and nails use classic red and gold holiday makeup but each has a graphic, modern twist. You can use one look on its own for subdued glamour or go crazy and wear them all for serious drama (that’s my plan for this weekend!). I included my favorite concealing and brightening skin products as well, since glowing skin is the best canvas for bold use of color.

I plan on spending the weekend in a sea of Santa hats and champagne, so I’ll road-test each of these looks and report back on how well they stand up to merrymaking. Happy weekend to all, and to all a good night!

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