What are your thoughts on manicure and pedicure colors matching? I suppose this would have been a better question for the summer, but I’ve heard opinions that nails and toes should only match when you’re doing classic colors such as reds or pinks. Maybe an Ask Belle?
First off, I believe that toes should be painted 365 days a year. Winter, spring, summer and freakin’ fall. Pedicures are not a summer luxury, pretty, well-manicured toes are a way of life.
Secondly, I don’t think they have to match. In fact, I like it better when they don’t match. But they should always coordinate.
If I were to promote a rule for this, it would be the following:
No Costumey Combinations. I don’t want to see emerald green on the toes and bright purple on the fingers. I also don’t want to see bright yellow on the fingers and electric blue or hot pink on the toes. This is childish, and it looks silly.
Keep It in the Family When Possible. By noon tomorrow, I will be wearing latte on my fingers and deep chocolate on my toes. In the summer, I like hot pink (or ruby red) on the toes and pale pink or medium pink on the fingers. I think coordinating in the same color family is the best cohesive look.
Mixing Light and Dark. Even if you decide to break outside the color family, I think a combination of dark and light looks best. NARS Tokaido Express on the toes (gold-flecked eggplant) and greige on the fingers. And even though you can wear light polish on the toes, I think it looks better on the fingers if the toes are dark. Personal preference.
Shimmer and Solids. The only time I do the same shade on finders and toes is when I plan to wear shimmer on my fingernails. So I might wear the same color on both, but then layer a bit of sparkle over my fingernails.
I don’t think there is definitive right way or wrong way to wear polish, but it irritates me to no end when I see women wearing contrasting colors on fingers and toes. I mean, what 30-year-old woman needs to wear sky blue polish on her toes and orange polish on her fingers?
If you’re still in school and they’re your school colors, fine. But if you’re over the age 25, there’s a more mature way to wear polish.
These are some guidelines that I think look good. Share your thoughts in the comments.