“Should My Nail and Toe Polishes Match?”

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Reader Linda, who’s gearing up for a high school reunion, asks a question I get constantly, which is: Is it OK to go matchy matchy with your nail and toe polish? She specifically asks, “I wanted to go with a blue on the toes to match a color in my dress. Should I do [my] hands the same or go plain?”

In my honest opinion, I don’t think it’s an awful idea to match your nail and toe polish shades.

But, and this is a big BUT, it’s not necessarily on-trend to match your manicure and pedicure hues. And, if you’re wearing a less traditional color like blue or green on your toes, which are not necessarily the most flattering shades on human skin tones, you may want to stick with wearing something more neutral on your fingernails (especially for an occasion like a reunion). Try a sheer pink like Essie Nail Polish in Mademoiselle, $8. Or a fabulous nude like Lippmann Collection Nail Lacquer in Naked, $16 — both would be stunning options.

And in general, the colors you choose — if you do opt to mismatch them — should always complement each other (or so this is what I believe). Clashing shades are better left to those under the age of 10.

Honestly though, what is so wrong about wearing a classic red like OPI Nail Polish in Big Apple Red, $6.19 on nails and toes simultaneously? Or a chic vampy shade like Rococo Creme Nail Polish in Black Sakura, $16? I personally think that can make for a very sophisticated look.

But, what do you think? Share by commenting on this post.

One Reply to ““Should My Nail and Toe Polishes Match?””

  1. I agree that it’s ok to wear a natural nail polish color and have colorful toe polish!
    Great question and wonderful advice!

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