Long Red Nails. Discuss.
Fri, 13 April 2012 2:43PM
I don’t get shocked by many beauty looks anymore. These days, when trends happen at whiplash-fast speed, it’s really a case of anything goes. Which means that whatever you decide to do with your face or hair at any given moment, you can’t go too wrong. Nevertheless … there remains one look that never ceases to make me go, hmmm: long red nails.
I don’t have a problem with long nails per se (one of my friends has the most exquisite oval nails, which make her hands look sleek and make everything she does seem impossibly elegant, even if that’s just taking out the garbage). Nor do I take issue with red lacquer; it’s a beauty classic and if you don’t own a bottle of OPI’s Big Apple Red, well that’s just criminal.
But put the long nail and the red polish together, and I can’t help it: I just shudder.
That was my reaction upon seeing cute 14 year-old actress Bella Thorne on the red carpet for the premiere of Marvel’s the Avengers:
I mean, why?
I get it for the glamour girls, the likes of Dita Von Teese and Lana del Rey:
Long red nails do channel a 1950s kind of glamour, so if that’s your style, I see the logic.
But beyond this context, red talons seems to send out such a negative message. Too obvious. Too loud. Too retro. Too too much.
Scarlet-tipped snaps to Bella for trying something different, I guess. But – and call me a stick in the beauty mud – I just can’t help but think a bare nail would have been so much more chic.
For instance, Scarlett Johannson fronted up on the same red carpet with a shiny-buffed, short-and-sweet nail, letting her ring do all the talking.
By the way, how’s the fabulous rock …?
It reminds me of the so-chic SJP, who has always done the no-fuss nail look so well:
Of course, the key to looking like you’ve made some effort is to load up with jewellery. Oh, and not have gunk and grime under your nail tips. Stash Manicare’s nail white pencil, $5.95, and OPI’s Cuticle Oil to Go pen, $17.95, in your bag and you’ve always got a quick grooming kit at your disposal.
If the nude nail seems too undone for you, the other ever-elegant option is the short black. Sure, it’s not new but it’s still the perfect balance of edginess and chic. Witness actresses Maika Monroe and Kristen Wiig on recent outings:
Are you with me? Or am I just being plain old beauty-boring?
Tell me, Primpettes, is it time we rethink long red nails?