Nail polish has become not just a facet of your makeup bag, but a fashion accessory in its own right. Choose the color and texture of the polish on your fingernails or toenails. Pick a nail polish and you pick the mood you want your hands and feet to send out to the world. Coordinate your polish to your clothing to accent not just your chosen dress or suit, but the overall beauty of your hands and nails.
Conform or Contrast with your look.
Consider what you'll be wearing and where you'll be wearing it. Dress for a job interview at a bank, business or conservative atmosphere in neutrals. Polish nails with neutral colors like soft whites, beige tones and pastels. A French manicure is a popular choice. Your nails should join your total corporate image and not fight it.
Dress up your nails to accessorize a colorful or artsy look. Accent a romantic dress with pink and coral shades on your nails. For the femme fatale look, choose deep reds and sultry burgundy and purple shades.
Step up your nail fashion if you are going glam or out for a party, concert or fun event. Polish nails with nail polish that dries for a "cracked" or textured look. Finish nails with bright primary colors and added textures. Finish with decals or added glued jewels.
Make your nails the stand out element and color core of your ensemble. Wear a little black dress and yet paint your nails in bright turquoise. Wear turquoise jewelry to accent with your nail color. Match your ruby red fingernails and toenails with your ruby red lipstick.
A professional journalist, Sharon Paul writes for online and traditional publications about a variety of subjects. She specializes in careers, travel, pets, food and holistic lifestyles, as well as pop culture and politics. Active in TV and film for more than a decade, Paul holds a Bachelor of Science in broadcasting, film and television from Boston University's College of Communication.