Try these hues and styles for a shock of color the next time you get a pedicure.
By: Amber Katz
Are you a nude or pink purist when it comes to pedicures? It takes baby steps to ease into bright nail hues for the uninitiated. When I was a financial writer at a mutual fund, I'd get looks if I wore any color of the Crayola eight-pack other than red, pink or purple on my hands, so I eased my coworkers into the hot nail shade trend (well, I tried, anyway) with neon versions of these shades. This tactic will work for bright pedis, as well, if you're feeling a bit timid about going all out. Here are some of my current favorites.
Make sure you devote ample dry time — at least 30 minutes — if you're planning on wearing closed-toed shoes after you apply.
A bright poppy red like CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Ever Reddy becomes even more electric when it's layered over a single coat of white polish. Try a coat of CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Snow Storm first for a show-stopping effect in your sassiest peep-toes.
This shade can lean a tinge more pink, orange or red, depending on your mood. For instance, CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Coral Silk skews more orange, while its Coy Coral counterpart leans toward the pink end of the spectrum. Try three coats to amp up opacity. Make sure you devote ample dry time — at least 30 minutes — if you're planning on wearing closed-toed shoes after you apply.
For a deeply 2013 pedicure, there are two purples to get into. This season, it's all about dusky cobalt purple (like mine above) or fluorescent plum. For a hot purple edging into indigo territory, try CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Eternal Oceans. For a super-sultry plum, two coats of CoverGirl Outlast Brilliant Nail Gloss in Grapevine should do the trick.
What hue is gracing your toes at the moment?
Amber is a freelance writer and the founder of Beauty Blogging Junkie, a hilarious pop-culture infused beauty blog that covers everything from eye shadow to hairspray. Amber has written for Instyle.com, MTV.com's Buzzworthy blog, New York Press and Girlfriend Getaways magazine.