Bionic Asks: Matching your nail polish to your clothing?

by Jami Summers on November 3, 2010 · 5 comments

Bionic Beauty Asks - Makeup and beauty question blog article series
This week’s Bionic Asks… Do you ever match your nail polish to your dress?
This weekend I am attending a semi-fancy dinner reception. Since most of my dresses were either formal, or had a Spring season feel (pale yellows or bright polka dots), I decided to take an older dress and alter it to suit the occasion. This dress is a dark, dark navy blue topped with semi-matte sequins. The toned-down sequins make it easier to wear and less blingy for this not-so-formal event.

Bionic Beauty's sequined dress for an upcoming event

A nail polish adventure in Bionic-land: I attempt to match my pedicure to my matte sequined dress.

And now onto the beauty portion…

I’ve decided that I want at least my toes to match the dress. I dug through my nail polish stash to find Sally Hansen Salon “After Midnight”. After Midnight is a dark navy, almost black with a hint of sparkle. To add a my own “sequins” to the polish, I then applied CND’s Sapphire Sparkle. The pedicure is finished with my favorite matte top coat by Rescue Beauty Lounge.

Bionic Beauty's navy blue sequined pedicure

The results of my nail polish experiment!

I considered going with a deep berry or classic red on my toes, but I tend to prefer dark and “different” colors. I grew up wearing reds and pinks- so now I usually gravitate to blues, greens, silvers and vampy almost-blacks. I still may wear a berry color on my nails for a splash of brighter color.

Have you ever matched your nail polish to your clothes? I know some of you may like this, and others won’t. Feel free to share your opinions, but please remember no bashing or rude comments. Part of being a Bionic Beauty means that even through the anonymity of the internet we treat each other with respect.

Also, feel free to share your suggestions for what color I should paint my fingernails. Clear? Clear with holographic sparkles? The aforementioned berry or a classic red? Or something else all together?

Stay Bionic,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Beauty blog

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Stacy November 3, 2010 at 8:15 am

I love the finished look! I sometimes match the polish on my finger nails, especially for a formal event. Of course I wear read when I can to things like that, and if it isn’t red and it has a little bit of sparkles to it, I’ll do a nail that is sparkly. As for my toes, I would def match. That’s the one place you can have a little fun and not have to change immediately because of chipping. I don’t know about you, but I can paint my toe nails and 3 weeks later they still look lovely. Lol

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2 Bionic Beauty November 3, 2010 at 9:46 am

Thanks Stacy! I am the same way about my toe nail polish. I can do them ahead of time and still have them looking perfect-o for the weekend (which makes getting ready much easier!). My polish typically lasts about 3 weeks like yours, unless of course, I get bored. hee hee!

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3 Becca November 3, 2010 at 9:57 am

Jami, I love the mixture of polishes you used. I also like to layer different colors. I like to match my polish to my clothes sometimes… I like my nails to coordinate sometimes. For instance, I like to match my toes, but my fingers are usually a neutral color anyway. I remember years ago I had a friend who would lay out her outfit for the next day and then paint her nails that night to match. (She had sooo many colors of nail polish!) It looked really cute, but unfortunately I don’t have the time to paint my nails daily (or the patience LOL). I think matching is nice sometimes.

As for an idea of what you could do with your fingernails… What about a glittery french? I used to do this all the time. First, I’d use a clear base coat. Then I’d use these french nail guides from the drugstore (they’re like stickers.. have you seen them? I like Nalene’s.) and white nail polish to paint the white tip. Then take off the sticker guides when the white polish dries and finish with a glittery top coat. I like using sparkly polish, and a hint of white tip underneath looks really polished! Great for dressing up, too. Just an idea… :)

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4 Bionic Beauty November 3, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Hi Becca,
I’m glad to hear that I am not alone in my tendencies to layer and experiment with nail polish. Do you like or dislike the matte nail look? I’m SUCH a fan. I love how it’s subtle, but completely different from years of polish.

I love painting my fingernails, but only do it mainly when swatching colors for on here. I’m just too rough on my fingernails! But I love your idea for the sparkly french manicure. I have those exact Nailene guides you mentioned. They are sitting right here for me to use this weekend! I think I might use the same sparkly top coat that I used on my toes – it’s clear with blueish sparkles. That would tie everything together… I think, anyhow. ;)

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5 Tashi November 4, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Great dress, Jami. :-) Did you have any problems altering it? Coincidentally, I just saw a similar dress, and other shiny, sequiny clothing items in the latest InStyle magazine. I think Hard Candy’s “Mr. Right” shade of dark navy blue would be great with your frock. It wears like steel! I got a bottle from a very nice person a while back, and have liked the color very much. Maybe you could add a clear gloss/top coat or glitter on top, as I think Stacy suggested.

I don’t usually match nail polish with clothing. I usually just go with what color might be appropriate for the occasion and general nature of the outfit. For instance, if I’m going on a job interview, I’m not likely to wear a bright color or a glittery, “WOW!” polish (anymore — read on). For more formal occasions such as interviewing, I’ll either go with no polish, or something very conservative. I remember once, I wore a bright orange polish to an interview. Perhaps my skills and experience took me out of the running. But you never know, it could have been the color. Of course, they’d never tell you that, if it were the case.

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