Jewelry, handbags and scarves. Shoes, belts and hats. Typical categories of women’s accessories. This fall a new one is being added to the mix: nail polish. With the wide spectrum of color on the market today, there is no reason to think of it as anything but an accessory.
As far back as the ancient Egyptians who used henna to color their nails and fingertips, nail color has been used enhance appearance. The Egyptians used stains; even their own blood to create the color. They used color to signify social order. Reds were at the top; Cleopatra favored crimson. Chinese royalty used gold and silver to enhance their nails.
While we no longer use nail color to alert people to our social status, colors that were used in those ancient times are clearly at the forefront of today’s trends. Metallics are in the spotlight, particularly gold which is being used in interesting ways. Reverse French manicures, with the gold at the base and color on the main part of the nail give credibility to the theory of nail color as an accessory. Depending on the shade of gold, it gives the illusion of jewelry on the nails.
Short trimmed nails with black nail color is not just for the goth crowd this fall. Adding glitter or even jewels to the nail make for a dramatic look that is a perfect for toes as well as hands. A shiny black nail makes a statement without saying a word.
Deep, rich earth tones in greens and purples are dominating runways. No jewelry needed! A simple LBD and a fabulous manicure with an eye catching color. Dozens of shades of blues have made their way to the top choices ranging from deep navies to aquas. This month there are many shades of pink in honor of breast cancer awareness month.
Reds will always be a staple in a nail wardrobe; why not try a hot European trend: acrylic stiletto nails? These long, sexy nails will be the ultimate accessory as well as get you noticed like never before. Remember, every gorgeous shade of polish needs to go on a well manicured nail. And one last note, no chips in the polish! The new no chip manicures that are being offered really do work and keep your nails looking great up to three weeks.
No chip manicures and acrylic stiletto’s are offered at Awesome Nails, 2001 Salon of the Year, 143 Center Street in Grayslake 847-543-9300.