oh so polished

It’s no secret to my friends that I’m slightly obsessed with nail polish.  Okay…slightly may be a bit of an understatement.  I tend to lust after any new collection that Essie and OPI produce.  It’s such an easy way to add a pop of color or a splash of excitement to an outfit.  For instance, say you have a dress that is very feminine and you would like to add a slightly rougher edge to your overall look.  A dark burgundy, navy, or black nail polish offers a great way to balance the look so that you won’t feel quite so dainty or overtly ‘girly.’

Here’s a perfect example:

Lauren Conrad is wearing a very delicate top with understated jewelry.  Additionally, her hair and makeup are very soft and feminine.  However, her nails are a very dark hue, which definitely pops against the outfit.   This keeps the look from appearing as a dainty ‘cliché’ of an outfit and prevents any type of sweet overkill.

Credit to:  http://img2.timeinc.net/people/i/2007/stylewatch/gallery/style_nails/lauren_conrad.jpg

Kristen Stewart provides a great example of how a brightly colored nail polish can liven up an outfit.  The dress she is wearing seems pretty straightforward, with metallic hues and otherwise basic tones.  She unexpectedly pairs this with a vibrant aqua-turquoise color that really gives her look a fresh, youthful feel.  I love how she pulled this off.

Credits to: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_Fr5jtSt05Hg/TFBitEEf2sI/AAAAAAAAgUM/_8WXFi0vBCI/s1600/Kristen-Stewart60_jpg_e_5f654f12b582c2dfee962abe53144816.jpg

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