Beauty and makeup tips: nail polish colors which match your lipstick and dress
Women accessorize their looks with nail polish and lipstick, but what are the ideal colors and what are the mistakes to avoid? And how do you coordinate the two so they match your wardbrobe?
Many women work to create a coordinated look from head to toe. Accessorizing well is not limited to jewelry, scarves and purses. Makeup counts too. The right nail polish and the right lipstick can help a woman keep her look pulled together.
While it's good to be coordinated, there's a fine line between matching colors and going for a look that's over the top. To avoid these color coordinating mistakes, it's a good idea to find out which hues work for your skin tones, your style and the season for which you're dressing.
Fair skinned women look great in rosy pinks, sheers and light pastels like blue and lavender. Ethnic skins look best in deeper hues like red and orange. These darker complexions also wear gold, purple and other striking hues very well. Lips especially look great in plum and rich browns.
Your personal style factors into your nail polish and lipstick choices as well. A conservative woman with a shy personality would never be able to wear bright attention grabbing colors like hot pink lipstick or sunny yellow nail polish. And a flashy dresser would not be comfortable in a subdued look of nude polish and sheer lip gloss. Personal preference dictates makeup choices great, so mix and match looks and products until you find your ideal color style.
When it comes to seasonal selections for nail polish and lipsticks, there are lots of choices. For fall, try gold, sandy brown and plum polishes and lipsticks. All are very warm tones fitting for harvest time. Don't worry about perfectly matching the polish to the lipstick. These earthy hues work well together in a variety of shades. And the colors look great with autumn wardrobes of suede, wools and tweeds. Go for that crisp look that is so coveted in the fall.
Dress your lips and nails in lush winter colors to play up the season. In winter opt for colors with dark berry tones like mulberry, cranberry or deep reds that bring out that holiday spirit and the subdued feeling of winter. This time of year lipsticks and nails can be bold and striking to create a very polished look that needs very little additional accessorizing. Dressing this time of year is usually very cozy. Whether you're wearing a velvet party dress, a luxurious cashmere sweater or comfy corduroys, you're sure to want to dress up your look with the colors of the season.
By the time spring rolls around, you want to break away from the deep hues of winter. Opt for softer, fresher colors like light peaches, pinks and corals. For a daring spring look, try baby blue or lavender nail polish, complemented by sheer lip glosses in nude hues or light purples and pinks.
Summer nails and lips can be less fuss than any other time of the year. For summer, have a little lighthearted fun with some bright hues including lively corals, fabulous fuchsias and funky blues and yellows. Lipsticks are equally lively. Try glosses in bright pinks, reds and grape.
And let summer's carefree wardrobe reflect summer fun. At the office many women can sport brighter lipstick and glamorous nails. There's one caveat though. Sparkles and glitter polishes can be fun for a sassy look like a night out on the town or a getaway in the islands, but they also exude a young look?think teenagers on summer vacation. For professional looks steer clear of these trendy polishes unless you want your nails to project a youthful flashiness.
When in doubt any time of year, there are nail polish standards that look great on just about everyone. For a universal elegance and beauty, try nude colored polishes or French manicures. Both are sophisticate, subtle and never look overdone.
Learn how to give yourself a professional and relaxing manicure in the comfort of your own home.
Going out to get a manicure can be both fun and relaxing. It is a chance to let all your worries slip away, to be pampered and come out looking beautiful. However, going out to get a manicure can also be a hassle. It gets expensive to do it frequently. In some places, it can be hard to find a reputable nail salon that does not book up months ahead of time. The traffic, the waiting and the inconvenience can all make frequent manicures seem less appealing. However, with a few simple tips, you can re-create the luxurious feel of a manicure out in the comfortable space of your own home.
1. To make sure that everything goes smoothly, make sure to get everything you will need together before beginning. You will not want to have to dig through a cabinet later with wet polish on each of your fingernails! Beginners should limit themselves to color (polish) only manicures - don't worry though - there will be plenty of hand pampering without putting on your own artificial nails. Prior to beginning, you will need a good brand of base and top coat and the colored nail polish of your choice. Nail polish remover, Q-tips or cotton balls, a small dishtowel, an emery board, cuticle sticks, nail scissors, and lotion (with an optional dish of warm water to heat it in) are all also needed. 2. Though not essential, consider making your manicure a spa-like event by paying attention to detail. Put some light and relaxing music on. Light a few candles for their scent and ambience (though you will still need the light on to be able to see your work). Warm up the hand lotion before using it to moisturize your skin. Take a minute to pamper yourself; you are worth it. 3. To begin your actual manicure, first use the Q-tips or cotton balls to remove all traces of nail polish from your nails. Wash your hands afterward, using warm water and a mild soap. Fold the dishtowel into quarters and use it to rest your wrists while you work on your fingernails. While your hands are still slightly damp from the water, use the cuticle stick to gently push back your cuticles. Although many people advocate cutting your cuticles, it is extremely easy to cut too far into the skin and leave yourself vulnerable to infection; for all but the hardest and thickest cuticles, pushing with a stick will work as well or better than scissors. Trim your nails using the nail clipper; aim for a slightly oval shape on each nail. File the nails using the emery board to even out the shape and smooth its edges.
4. Before applying nail polish, make sure that you are satisfied with the shape and length of your fingernails. Begin by applying the base coat for the nail in smooth lines from the base of the nail outward. Some have suggested that laying a horizontal band of polish along the tip of the nail and then applying the polish from the base outward can help prolong chip-free wear. The technique is slightly more difficult to perfect, but may be worth attempting if your nail polish chips frequently. Apply the base coat on all nails (it is usually easiest to start by applying polish to the dominant hand using the non-dominant hand and then switching); let the base dry. Apply two coats of the chosen color on each nail, letting the coats dry fully. Apply the top coat last and let the nails dry again. 5. After making sure that your nail polish is perfectly dry, give yourself a mini-hand massage using the warmed lotion. Even if you forgo the optional heating of the lotion, it is important to moisturize your skin after a manicure. Some salons will massage the lotion in prior to painting your nails, but it can be easier to do it afterward to prevent the oils from getting on to the fingernails and preventing the polish from setting.
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