Wednesday, November 12, 2008

trends i'm loving for fall/winter...dark nails

For me, winter time is the best time to go for the darker colors on my nails. Here are some tips for keeping your color chic and modern...kind of a hodge podge of ideas from Ji Baek, Elle, Deborah Lippmann, and InStyle Magazine.

Keep your nails short - Dark colors + really long nails = tacky...just remember that equation and you'll be fine. Try not to let them get more than 1/4 of an inch past your fingertips.

Think outside the square - Go for more of an almond or (my personal fave) squoval. The harder edges can look too severe.

Watch the clock - Darker shades tend to take longer to dry...says nail pro Ji Baek...set aside an hour for your mani or pedi to dry. Although I have to say that I've sped this process up with my Poshe Superfast Drying Top Coat ($10). A great tip that I picked up from All Lacquered Up!

Keep your cuticles in top shape - This is not the time to let those cuticles look dry and haggard. Make sure they're well moisturized to keep them looking their best.

Alright, now you know the are some ways to pick the best color for your skin tone courtesy of Deborah Lippmann.

Light Skin
- look for blue-based shades with a soft shimmer. Try Essie's Lacy Not Racy for a fabulous red.

Medium Skin - Think gold flecks and warm undertones to make your olive and tan complexions sing. For a great of-the-moment purple hue try Dior Vernis in Liquorice.

Dark Skin - Lippmann suggests taking it to the extreme in color...look for strong hues that border on black. One to try is YSL in No. 36.

You can read the full article in the November issue of InStyle Magazine, on stands now.

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