Don’t let your 9 to 5 get in the way of polishing your nails. Although often overlooked, the way your hands are groomed adds an element of professionalism. Here are some corporate manicure guidelines to ponder:
Keep the nails the same length. Moderate length is best, nothing to long. The less length you have on your nails, the wider the variety of colors you can wear.
Avoid the sharp tip shape. It may look edgy, but not only will more conservative offices frown upon this shape, it increases the likelihood of snagging onto your clothes. The thinner, sharper tip is also more prone to breakage, and nothing is more irritating than breaking a nail during your work day.
Consider keeping a nail polish remover in your office drawer. In the event that you chip your polish, you can easily remove it. As my fellow lacquer lover told me once, “You should never wear a chipped manicure in public, much like you would never show anyone your dirty underwear.”
Moisturize consistently during the day. Since most of us are wary of sanitizing our hands several times during the day, especially at work, our hands end up getting very dry. Keep a moisturizer handy, and be conscious about using it.
This first installment on the series for nail colors for the workplace will focus on the more feminine colors.
Pinks and purples come in many different shades. Several variations even come with hidden shimmer and fine glitters, all of which are subtle enough for the office. The variations in finishes are only visible under certain lighting conditions. If you want to appear professionally put together without entirely leaving femininity behind, these shades might be the ones for you. They are simple and muted. Together with your well moisturized hands, these low maintenance colors will add a nice hint of color to your office look.
What do you have on your nails today?
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Written by: Ann Itoralba