I've spoken countless times about the Red Carpet Manicure system, an at home gel nail process which allows you to create a long lasting manicure in the comfort of your home. Basically the process involves a base coat, a nail shade and a top coat all of which are set using an LED light. The whole process takes less than five minutes from start to end and the colour possbilties are endless which if like myself can actually be the tricky part. Present me with a menu of say five food choices and I'll pick instantly, give me a bustling menu and I panic. It is the same with nail polish so let me whittle down my top five Red Manicure shades for all occasions...
First up we have Wild Berry Diva, a light slightly pink toned lilac. It looks great on all skin tones and is perfect for attending weddings (it seems to be wedding season at the moment). This was my go to Spring shade but as it is so fresh it carries well into the Summer. It is one of the few lilac's that I find looks great on toes and compliments tanned, deep and pale complexions. If you are on the look out for the ultimate girlie nail shade this is it!
We all need a good nude polish in our stash don't we? I peronally like my nude choice to lean a little peach in tone so it doesn't wash me out or look bizarre. If you have a light to medium skin tone I think Red Carpet Manicure in Peach Chiffion is the perfect choice. It is nude yet looks fresh and is the perfect choice for a French manicure. I tend to use this when I have short nails as it gives a beautiful polished look that doesn't try too hard. If you have a deeper complexion this will be more of a light peach than nude polish but rest assure it won't leave your hands looking washed out - yes that is a thing!
Yellow! Yellow! I know such an odd shade to recommend but I simply had to include Red Carpet Pineapple Premiere as it is the only yellow polish I have ever come across that I like. Yellow is such a bizarre colour in my opinion and one I personally find difficult to pull off. I associate yellow with smokers nails and will avoid yellow polish at all costs and yet I adore Red Carpet Pineapple Premiere. This soft, pastel, creamy yellow really makes the most of any tan and looks divine on deep skin tones. Would I recommend this for a pale complexion? No but should you have the smallest hint of a tan, slap this on - I promise it will only make you look more golden. Oh and it looks great on the toenails (eww toes).
You might not consider turquoise as a classic shade but I do. It is one of the few polish hues that never looks out of season, suits just about everyone and oddly goes with most outfits. Do yourself a favour and snap up a turquoise polish of some sort (doesn't have to be a gel polish) you won't regret it. I also feel the same way about navy blue - my Red Carpet Manicure navy choice is Midnight Affair. If in doubt and I have a long week ahead I will merrily reach for Red Carpet Sorbet Soiree and I have never not had a slew of compliments on my nail colour. Turquoise is the new black ha!
Red nail polish is something I'm trying oh so hard to get into and yet I struggle to get on board with. I am forever admiring it on others and yet on my little chubby hands it looks bizarre. I assciote red nail polish with classy ladies, not girls like myself who will tie their jacket around their waist so they don't have to carry it. Women who lunch in high end establishments and don't use their designer handbag to carry their McDonald's Happy Meal. Hey I am who I am. When I do attempt to be a "Lady" I like to try out Red Carpet Day Party Diva, a bright, in your face red. This isn't cool nor warm toned so it should look beautiful on everyone. The classy element, you either have it or you don't.
The great thing about the Red Carpet Manicure polishes is what you see is what you get, two coats guarantees you an opaque finish so you never need to guess the end shade. You can find the entire line up here - link.
Do you have any must try shades I should add to my list?
I am trying so hard to not be that gal with chipped nails all the time!
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