I’m one of those no fuss girls who doesn’t get round to doing her nails very often. When I do, choosing a colour always stresses me out because I don’t know how I will coordinate one colour with a week’s worth of outfits.
These are the colours that I have found through trial and error to be the most flattering and versatile.
White nails are very fresh, and look especially great in summer when my skin tends to be a bit more tanned than usual. White looks good with almost anything, but especially with blues, which I wear a lot. Funny Bunny by OPI is my favourite white, because it’s not too opaque.
I got a pale yellow manicure on a whim one time on holiday in Chicago, and it was the perfect colour for my travel wardrobe of black, neutrals, red, white and blues. I was really surprised by how good the yellow looked against my skin and how easy it was to match to outfits. The yellow I really love is Jasper from Butter London‘s SS13 collection, but I’m not sure it’s still available.
Classic and girly, but not too girly. Works well year round. My favourite is Privacy Please by OPI.
Definitely a summer colour, and one that can match with a lot of neutral outfits easily. Coral is a nice way to add a touch of colour to a simple outfit. I’m also a fan of those bright red orange nail colours, but find they can be harder to get right. Coral is great for the beach. Essie has an amazing range from peachy to neon red.
I normally steer clear of dark nail colours, because I find they tend to make my hands look older and are generally less forgiving than most pastel colours. That said, there are some rainy weeks in spring or autumn in Sydney where navy is a great choice and cheers me up no end. My favourite navy is Urban from Revlon.
A classic work-appropriate alternative to fire engine red nails. I wear a lot of deep aubergine purple and charcoal grey, and find this colour can go really nicely with these outfits.
I see women rocking neutral nails all the time and figure this is a grown up alternative to pastel nails that would definitely last the distance. I have a bottle of Essie’s Sand Tropez that I got in a beauty box and am going to give it a go and see how it looks.