It’s maniday. Every Monday we share what we’re wearing on our nails and why.
It’s V Day soon. Or maybe for some it feels like D Day. It doesn’t matter whether you are flying solo or coupled up, it’s the perfect excuse to bring out the red.
History of red nails
Did you know that people in the 9th Century would tint their nails with scented red oils? Or that in the 1930s Eleanor Roosevelt was the first of the first ladies to wear it in public? It’s no cliché that red nails are timeless.
Red nails today
Who wears red varnish today? The vixen, the girl next door, the manic pixie dream girl, the intellectual, and the list goes on and on. Most importantly, it suits everyone. So here are some tips on how to add some fire to your fingertips.
Look one: classic
You can’t beat the classic red nail look. My favourite is Valentine by Australis. It’s bold, bright, cheap as chips ($7.95), only needs one coat and is long-lasting.
Look two: coloured French manicure
Call me old fashioned, or boring, but I’m not one for nail art or French polish. I love looking at it on other people but when it comes to my nails I’m all about the block colours. The reason why I’m so obsessed with nail polish is because it’s an instant pick-me-up. A wash of bright colour can make my day. Coloured French manicures seem to be a happy medium because you still get that vibrant impact. Here’s my first attempt:
I used a pair of clippers to make the moon shape on a piece of sticky tape. Then I painted Natio’s Mulberry ($5.95) from their Little Treasures range over the top. I’d definitely try this again. My only fear is that the dark burgundy colour might look like I’ve got dirty nails.
Look three: pink and red
It should be said, to wear pink and red … see what I did there? So, after my French mani I got a little bit more experimental. For the base coat I used Natio’s Fuchsia ($5.95). This one requires two coats. Then I taped the bottom half of the nail and added one thick coat of Australis Valentine.
On the other hand I experimented with diagonal stripes. I choose to mix up the stripes randomly. Having them all in one direction looks really neat and eye-catching. One of the best things about polish is if you mess it up it only takes ten minutes to take off. So muck around and have some fun. Especially when a bottle of polish like Australis and Natio’s Little Treasures ranges between $6-$8.
Please be my valentine Kristen…
So whatever your plans are this Valentine’s Day, I hope you have a laugh. It’s good to remember this day was created to sell cards. Any pressure we feel is thanks to over-realistic, consumeristic hype. So I reckon, don’t take Valentine’s Day seriously. Hug your dog, send a nice message to your mum, get giggly with your girlfriends, do whatever makes you feel happy.
To get you in the “silly” mood here’s a tumblr dedicated to Bridesmaids gifs. Ever since I saw Kristen Wiig play Gilly in an SNL skit she became my hero. Then Bridesmaids came along and blew me away. But did anyone else spend the movie fixated with her red nails? She had a wicked mani, even when she hit rock bottom. How impressive is that? In fact I’m so impressed I’m dedicating my love this Valentine’s Day to Ms Wiig and her crimson nails. What a gal.
Let us know what you’re wearing in the comments below.