September 21, 2011 Makeup.com TIPS & TUTORIALS

Backstage Pass: How to Match Your Clothes to Your Nails

That neon blue nail polish with school bus yellow tips seemed like a great idea on Saturday...then Monday rolled around, and you had a presentation at your corporate job (one that involved you wearing a navy dress suit, pointing to a projection screen, and shaking a lot of hands). Picking a polish color is hard enough. Top that pressure with trying to match the lacquer hue with each outfit you plan to wear for the week—it's enough to drive you to a boring bottle of clear lacquer. Read on for mix-and-match tips from the Spring 2012 runways, where models' nails were perfectly coordinated to their wardrobes.
If you wear a lot of BUSY PRINTS AND PATTERNS...

TRY: A bold, yet nude nail lacquer like Essie Brooch the Subject from DKNY.
If you wear a lot of FEMININE, BELTED DRESSES...

TRY: Fashion designer Jason Wu's polish pick—a poppy (and equally flirty) red shade like OPI Monsooner or Later.
If you wear a lot of ROMANTIC SILKS AND CHIFFONS...

TRY: A layer of an iridescent cocoa mauve like Essie Demure Vixen, topped with a single layer of a sheer neutral sandy shade like Essie Au Natural, creating a glassy finish (it's what they did at Zac Posen).
If you wear a lot of GRAPHIC DESIGNS AND FUNKY ACCESSORIES...

TRY: A reverse chevron manicure (a la Pamela Love) with an opaque matte nude (like Essie Topless and Barefoot) as the base, and a chocolate brown shade like Essie Little Brown Dress on top.
What is your go-to, never-fail nail polish shade? 
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