Once upon a time, I used to never paint my nails. I am a huge advocate of pedicures but my fingernails grew like weeds and it seemed too difficult to maintain perfectly polished digits on a weekly basis. Fortunately, I ditched this philosophy once nail polishes started to show a wider variety. With all the colors of the rainbow at my fingertips (pardon the pun), I found myself actually wanting to change my polish every week. Like a pair of earrings or a scarf, nail polish is one of the best accessories a girl can have, changing the shade to express a mood or occasion. Here is a range of colors to inspire your next mani. What’s your go-to color?
[Sephora OPI Dark Room / Deborah Lippmann Hannah / Sephora OPI Read My Palm / Essie Maxmillian Strausse Her]
Emerald green has been proclaimed the color of the year for 2013, but these other shades of green are just as glorious. I love dark greens for Fall and Winter and pastels for warmer weather. My choice for the upcoming change in season is Deborah Lippmann’s Hannah.
[Deborah Lippmann Shoshanna / Sephora OPI What A Broad / Essie Recessionista / Sephora OPI Metro Chic / Essie Don’t Sweater It]
Purple is probably my favorite color. In any variation, it’s regal and rich looking. The versions with a little more brown in it, like Sephora by OPI’s Metro Chic, is versatile enough for the office and after-hours.
[Deborah Lippmann Marnie / Sephora OPI Dear Diary / Essie Limo-Scene / Essie Exotic Liras]
Who doesn’t love pink? The lighter shades are neutral enough to look polished year-round. After years of playing it safe, I started to explore the brighter pinks. Shades like Essie’s Exotic Liras create visions of Hawaii and palm trees in my head.
[Deborah Lippmann Jessa / Essie Clambake / Revlon Mad About Mango]
Last but certainly not least, reds and corals are classics that everyone loves. I feel more grown-up when wearing red. Its cousin,Tangerine Tango was 2012’s color of the year and to me this color expresses joy. To get some of that happiness vibe, try Essie’s Clambake, a color that is getting more than its fair share in my rotation right now.