Painted nails can be the perfect way to brighten up an otherwise fairly drab outfit. At the same time, however, nail jobs that don’t match with the outfit chosen tend to simply look utterly tacky and out of place. For stylish or statement nails this year, remember to follow these tips to keep your fingers in line with your fashion concepts.
1. Classy nails tend to be more versatile. Think about it: It’s easier to rock a stylish French cut nail style with jeans and a t-shirt than it is to find a way to incorporate your brightly painted orange fingernails into your “night out” outfit. If you’re seeking a long-lasting, versatile nail job, then go for a more subtle style such as the previously mentioned French tipped nails or the nude/neutral paint job reminiscent of mannequins.
2. For a bolder look, go brighter. There’s no questioning this fact: Brighter nails scream fashion boldness. Fun hues of pink, red, and blue can be the perfect way to cheer up an otherwise colorless outfit; at the same time, bright colors can also be used to tie together already colorful outfits. While there’s really no “wrong way” to go about rocking bold colors, remember to keep your bright paint job clean and chip-less to avoid appearing tacky.
3. Statement nails speak for themselves. If you’re sporting leopard spots, zebra stripes, or crazy stars, you’re probably not too worried about matching your nails to your outfit. At this point, you’ve made your nails a conversation piece-not just a way to accessorize and complement the rest of your outfit. Since these styles tend to take so much longer to initially paint, it wouldn’t make sense for you to change it with every outfit anyways. This nail paint option is great for those who wish to make their nail style more versatile, without conforming to the standard “classy” styles.
4. Sealing the deal can make a big difference. Not only will your final top coat/sealer ensure that your paint job is best preserved for as long as possible, but it also can change the overall appearance of your nail job. A glitter gloss will add a different element to your nail style than a sleek and shiny plain sheer top coat. In general, the glitters and more metallic styles are ideal for a “funky” appearance, while a smooth clear finishing coat is perfect for a classy style.
Overall, remember that your nails can either add or detract from your overall appearance. If you’re running off to a job interview, stick with a classy style. If you’re planning to party, then go ahead and have fun with statement nails and bright colors. Let your nail job show your sense of fashion without contradicting the rest of your wardrobe.