Wednesday, May 16, 2012

I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked: Mannequin Hands

I’m all about the mannequin hands, but does it drive anybody else bonkers when nude is thought of as just one solitary beige? Not so! The glory of nudes is that they match your skin... whatever shade it may be. I know it’s spring, so we’re all supposed to be gaga for pastels and come summer it’s going to be all about bold colors and neons. There really isn’t much new under the sun in the world of color trends. I will say, out of all of the recycled trends opaque nudes are my favorite. It’s like foundation for your nails. It allows for rich color and a weirdly subversive doll vibe that my nemesis- the pink and white french manicure- just can’t provide.

L to R:
Vernis Nail Lacquer in Ivory (fair nude) / Dior
Nail Varnish in Purity (peach nude) / Illamasqua
Nail Lacquer in Tea With The Queen (warm medium nude) / Butter London
Nail Lacquer in San Tan-tonio (cool medium nude) / OPI
Nail Varnish in Cadogan Square (golden tan nude) / Nails Inc.
Nail Vernis in Olivia (rich chocolate nude) / Julep

Nude polish is also a great base to experiment new colors and trends as well. As much as I hate hate HATE pink and white frenchies, I love love LOVE a nude nail with a neon tip or a jewel toned half-moon mani. How about glitters (which as I’ve mentioned before, you can pry out of my cold dead glitter polished hands)? Nudes make a great base for glitters as well. The list goes on and it’s worth it to play and experiment for yourself. People are buying more nail laquers, polishes and varnishes than ever before (sorry lipstick, this recession belonged to the phalanges). I’ve gathered a few of my favorite nudes that flatter a wide array color- try them out and see what works for you. I wear Butter London's Tea With The Queen pretty regularly.

Ida Maria: I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked

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