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Do or Don’t: Matching Nail Polish on Your Fingers and Toes?
Tue, 26 June 2012 12:30PM
I was trawling through recent red carpet pictures when I spotted this snap of Emma Stone. She’s my current girl crush, so as you can imagine I’m loving the fact that she’s out and about promoting The Amazing Spider-Man. And speaking of which, we have another amazeballs comp to tie in with the release on July 4th. But more on that later.
So Emma’s hair and makeup was particularly flawless on this occasion (the loose waves, pinned back fringe with bold lip is both understated and glamorous), but this time it was her hands and feet that did the talking.
Well, not literally, but you get my drift.
So if you look closely, Ms Stone here has opted for an orangey coral-red shade on her tootsies (we’re guessing it’s Revlon’s Coral Me Wild, $13.95, from pharmacies) and gone for perfectly polished – sorry, couldn’t help myself – espresso colour on her fingers.
So it got me to thinking, Primpettes, about how I wear nail polish. I generally like to switch up my shades quite often, as I find there’s nothing better than a coat of freshly applied polish on a dreary winter day like this one. The brighter the better. But when it comes to deciding to match or not to match, I’m stumped.
Karon McKendrick, Director of Education for OPI, says that it’s not a new trend to have the same shades on both. “Depending on your outfit and the occasion, having matching mani and pedi tones is considered more appropriate – rich burgundy, dark purples and blacks beg to be the same on both. But as a general rule, it is actually more flattering to have a darker colour tone on your toes and lighter on your fingers, even if it is a colour within the same palette.”
So in my case, if I decided to play by the rules, I would probably go for OPI We’ll Always Have Paris, $19.95, from department stores which is the perfect all-year-round nail shade as it’s a deep berry with more of a purple undertone, so it’s a little bit softer than a deep brown or black. Up top, I love fashion week favourite OPI’s Samoan Sands, which is a gorgeous creamy, bone colour and a winner on all skin tones. AND if you choose a nude shade on your toes or your talons, when it chips it’s less noticeable, so you can get an extra day or two out of your mani. Winner.
And speaking of nail polishes and Spider-Man, here’s the beyond awesome competition this week. We’ve teamed up with OPI to offer five lucky Primpettes a double pass to see the just-about-to-hit-screens The Amazing Spider-Man in 3D, valued at $40 and your very own OPI The Amazing Spider-Man Minis set, $24.95. The set includes Into The Night, a shimmering navy blue, Number One Nemesis, a rich charcoal with sparkling golden flecks, Just Spotted The Lizard, an iridescent gold and greens, and Your Web or Mine?, a bright cherry pinky-red.
Gosh, I love their nail shade names. Cracks me up every time.
UPDATED: Competition is now closed. Watch those mail boxes.
Primpettes, tell me, do you have a favourite shade you wear on both?
Can’t wait to see the movie? Us too.
Posted by: Hayley Bennett