As recently as six months ago, I could count the number of times I’d painted my nails on one hand. Nail polish is one of the easiest ways to switch up your look, but it always intimidated me. The whole nail art craze inspired me to try it again- after all, if women are wearing fur and holograms on their nails, I should be able to handle a solid color. I’ve grown to love greys and dark plums, and I even go whole-hog with a true red on occasion.
Even though classic reds and pinks are always pretty, I love counteracting spring’s pretty pastels and florals dresses with colors that have a little more edge, like the colors below. Whether you’re a polish-phobe or nail art junkie, try these unconventional colors and tell me what you think!
Instead of a light pink, try shades of grey, from medium warm grey to pastel. Like pastel pink, they’re soft neutrals that go with pretty much any outfit. Gunmetal is plenty edgy but can feel like a neutral piece of jewelry with more conservative clothing.
Instead of classic red, try a deep plum or red that’s so deep it borders on black. These dramatic darks feel a little vampy and make an impact against lighter colored ensembles. If you’re concerned about the look veering goth (and that’s not your thing), start with a dark polish that has subtle colored shimmer. Keeping the nails short keeps the look away from Cruella DeVille territory.
Instead of bright pink or fuchsia, try unexpected pops of blue or green. Royal blue feels preppy without being stuffy (just like Kate Middleton, the woman who made the color famous), and forest green has a boho-chic vibe. These shades are an unfussy way to add a pop of color to any outfit.
Nail colors in top photo, clockwise from top center: OPI Lincoln Park After Dark, Sally Hansen Gunmetal, Essie Chinchilly, OPI Skull and Glossbones, Essie Stylenomics, Essie Mesmerized, OPI Every Day is Oktoberfest.