(finger)Tips: The Understated Manicure

Now that nail art has officially jumped the shark, we can all breath a fresh sigh of sweet relief in welcoming back the always elegant understated manicure.  From nude, to petal pink, to beige, and back again (to off-white or peach) a light hued polish always looks “put together,” and still manages to make a statement without taking any unnecessary attention away from your finger and wrist baubles.  Viva la accessories!

So, now that you’ve set your sights on a subtler fingertip tone, let’s take a look at which barely-there nail polish is right for you.

The first thing to consider is your own natural nail color sans polish. For a truly understated look, choose a shade that is closest to your own skin tone and apply in any variation from opaque to matte.  Then there’s the matter of finish.  As with the darker palette in the nail care aisle, each brand’s understated hues come in a variety of finishes, like opaque, true matte, or something with a little shimmer.  Typically, a single application of any lighter hue will provide less coverage than a solitary slick of your favorite va-va-red, so even painting on multiple coats of a pink, nude, or beige can help build the color into something more substantial — but an opaque nude with a hint of shimmer can go a long way too.

It just goes to show that, yes, nail art is going the way of the dodo (courtesy Ms. Wintour), but that doesn’t mean your options have to.


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