Red – sultry
Red is all about classic glamour: think the silver screen in the 20s, with Hollywood stars flaunting rouge lips and perfectly coiffed hair. Leatrice Elseman, colour expert at the Pantone Color Institute, describes red as the most ‘seductive’ of all the nail polish colours. Women who wear red are confident, sexy and they know just what they want and how to get it.
For a reasonably-priced red, try Rimmel Lasting Finish in Double Decker Red for just £3 online at Superdrug.
Blue – fearless
Far from classic, blue nail polish is the colour of the moment. Blue is electric, eye-catching and unique. As Leatrice says: “The hottest flames burn blue.” Women who paint their nails blue are looking to paint the town red; they want fun, they want adventure and they’ll take a risk to get it.
Nails Inc Baker Street Polish is a vibrant cobalt with a high gloss finish. It’s bang on trend and was even worn by singer Beyonce when she revealed her new-born baby Blue Ivy to the public for the first time in the summer.
Buy your Baker Street Polish for £11 at Nails Inc online.
Sparkles – vivacious
While red screams seduction and blue sizzles with electricity, glitter nail polish is in a class all of its own. Over the past few years nail polish brands have really started to get experimental with hexagon glitter, caviar ‘pearls’, fine shimmer, confetti and more. Girls who wear glitter are all about the glitz and the glam of life. They’re experimental, they’re eye-catching and they’re vivacious.
For bling with a bang, we recommend going for a base colour across all nails but one, which you reserve for full-on sparkles. Try Deborah Lipmann in Boom Boom Pow – a gold polish with real 24 karat gold dust specs.
Buy Deborah Lipmann online for £18 at BeautyBay.
Grey and black – mysterious
Leatrice describes gunmetal shades as: “The ultimate in sophistication and high fashion.” Dark shades don’t have to be boring and they don’t have to be reserved for moody teenagers. Worn in the right way with the right outfit, dark greys and blacks can give off vampy, mysterious vibes without looking bland.
Try Models Own nail polish in Grey Day or Black Magic to cast a spell over that handsome stranger…
Buy Models Own online at Selfridges for just £5.
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