I am obsessed by collecting Nail Polish – I find this is the easiest way to indulge 3 cravings in 1: Instant glamour (they don’t call them nail “polish” for nothing – have you noticed how Red Nails instantly inject stylishness into any
PJs Sunday outfit), Impulse Buying (as they are often a no-brainer purchase given their usually friendly price points) and Intense Colours (nails are regret guilt-free territory for exotic colours).
But despite my extensive colour collections, I tend to operate within a precise set of rules.
Rarely Never colour coordinate nails and toes (or god-forbide eye shadows!). Well, firstly, because I am not a big fan of anything matchy-matchy (although I just read somewhere there is a HUGE comeback of matching – belt AND bag ANd shoes! – oh dear…). Then secondly, because they serve a completely different purpose (nails on your hands and feet that is).
2. For hands, I would usually go for Classics. Most often that not, Nude. When I am in the mood for some pick me up colour, I indulge in Red or Black.
3. For toes, it is more season dependant. In the winter, I just make sure they look kept for my own personal satisfaction as I love wandering around (the house) bare foot – so it tends to be a dark shade of red ( I gave up black when I realised it led to some lazy maintenance – coat over coat over coat – that I have to ultimately pay the price for, aesthetically and literally as only a professional is then able to strap all that blackness out…and reprimand me in the process…).
In Summer though, I go down the route of any shade that might compliment tanned skin or bring a big of summery cheer – so either Nude or Bright Orange (or any Ice Lolly colour I can get my hands on).
Last week, I was in one of those familiar hunts for the 3 aforementioned cravings; when I stopped by the Cosmetic Aisle of my local drugstore to browse the Nail Polish fixture – in my head, I was thinking Cotton Candy (not sure why…probably because of my sugar craving du jour) BUT when I saw Camouflage it was an instant “coup de foudre”. And instead of pink, I brought back Green.
On my way back, I started already questioning that choice: “Green… really? would I actually ever wear it? or would it simply join the hall of never-worn colours aka the secret hidden drawer of my dressing table?”
But surprise, surprise, when I got back home and looked at it – I fell so in love with its gorgeous shade of green (I wish I could say because it matches my eyes but it doesn’t!) that I decided to try it on – as the risk factor associated with doing so on a Sunday evening is pretty low (plenty of time to remove).
And you know what? Trash all those pre-conceptions – that Green was not only GORGEOUS but also surprisingly WEARABLE. In fact – so much so that I decided to break my own rules (which is what I love to have rules) and embraced that shade as my daily nail wear.
I think I just found my new nail colour Classics.
What do you think?
Do you have a go-to colour? Are you colour brave or neutral classic?