with Susan Wagner
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Jane has a question (and it’s a good one): “Could you suggest a couple of nail polish shades that you’d use for a professional setting, including job interviews and meet and greet events?”
mezmerised by Essie — pretty, but not for the office
In a professional setting, keep your manicure simple; nails should be short and cuticles should be trimmed and pushed back. Skip the dragon lady talons and the disco ball colors — any manicure that Katy Perry is advertising, for example, is inappropriate for an adult woman with a job (or any adult woman, for that matter).
Stick with neutral polishes at work, for a clean, finished look. A neutral manicure shouldn’t match your skin; instead, it should compliment your skin tone without drawing attention to itself. So no hot pink or bright red.
mochacino by Essie — perfect for the office (and beyond)
Essie has a very wearable selection of neutrals, as well as some very pretty pinks. My everyday manicure is typically Essie’s sugar daddy, but I’m also a fan of chinchilly, for a slightly more dramatic look. Keep in mind, though, that I have very fair, cool skin — those shades may not work for you.
Lighter polishes are a good choice for busy moms, as they will hide wear and tear better than something with a richer color. And be sure to finish your manicure with a good top coat — my favorite is Seche Vite, which has a strong, shiny finish.
Finally, if you really want blue nails, feel free to do it up on your toes. A dramatic pedicure is fine for the office, although you might think twice about wearing peep toe shoes to a big presentation if you’re sporting a crazy color on your toenails. For pedicure colors, though, think more about your field than about any hard-and-fast rules. I typically opt for black toe nails, which is fine for the meetings I go to. A dramatic red pedi is appropriate in even the most conservative office, as it is a classic; for creative types, blue or green nails may be totally acceptable. You have a lot more leeway, honestly, with toes.
What’s your go-to polish for professional functions?
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