I have a few confessions to make.
I was a former nail biter and picker. I would bite and pick at my nails when I was anxious, scared, or just bored. It was only after I graduated college that I stopped because I was able to afford semi-regular manicures on my own. I have learned to maintain the health and appearance of my nails and nail beds with cuticle oil and hand lotions. Whenever I feel the urge to bite and pick at them again, I polish them. The thought of ruining my manicure stops the urge immediately.
I have severe insecurities about my right hand being photographed. Being right-handed, my right hand is significantly more worn than my left. The sides of my fingertips are calloused and my middle finger has a rough spot that has persisted for as long as I can remember, the result of my nail biting and picking. I am still extremely unsure if pictures of both my left and right hands will be as appreciated as pictures of my left hand alone.
I used to wear only red polish on my nails. It is my comfort polish. Even now, when I am having a mani-block, I always reach for my beloved bottle of OPI Big Apple Red. I would seriously hoard all the bottles of this polish should Suzi (Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI’s former executive vice president and artistic director) ever announce that it will join her in retirement.
Something about a red manicure screams power to me. It is a color that is confident and present. When all else fails, red is always a go-to option. Red just works because it is a classic like black pumps, or that little black dress. If I am not too keen on announcing my red nails in the boardroom, or the staff lounge, variations of this color include deeper hues that still say I can hold my own, whatever business I am in.
The next set of pictures will showcase twelve of my favorite red polishes. The first three pictures are true reds. These reds are the primary hue of the red color family. True reds are my holy grail nail shade.
The next three polishes lean coral. These are a tinge brighter than the true reds and lend a bit of orange hue as well. These reds are my favorite during the summer months and are probably the color that would most compliment olive skin tones.
Deeper reds lean darker and are probably the most popular colors to wear in the workplace. These are not too in-your-face, but can still make a statement.
Although red adds an instant festive touch to an overall look, there are red polishes with various finishes that can add a little more oomph to your classic red manicure.
The last confession I have to make is that I still cannot say I have enough red polishes in my collection. It is the color I most gravitate towards whenever a new collection is released. I just cannot seem to say no to a good red polish.
What about you? Do you have any confessions of the lacquer kind?
All images ©2014 Ann Itoralba
Written by: Ann Itoralba
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