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the classic girl’s guide to nail polish

When it comes to nail polish, I’m of the belief that color is fun, but you can never go wrong with the classics.


Before we even talk color, let’s talk base coat. A good base coat should not only give your nails a great blank canvas to work with, but should also protect and nourish them. I love the Ridge-filler Base Coat by Adorn Nails. My nails actually feel healthier after taking my polish off, now that’s a good base coat!

As for color, a delicate sheer pink is a must-have. Personally, I think a sheer pink is even better than a french manicure, it says “I’m classic and elegant, but not fussy.” Mademoiselle by Essie is in their classic collection and an award winner, so you never have to worry about them discontinuing it.

A true red is another favorite of mine. It’s classic, it’s retro, it’s sexy, it’s French. Adorn makes a great red called French Lessons. Ooh la la!

A deep vampy burgundy is a must-have for autumn although you can wear it year round. I’m currently wearing Beautiful and Damned by Adorn Nails and I get compliments on it daily.

Black is classic, goes with everything, and will never go out of style, so it shouldn’t be any surprise that I’ve included it on my list as well. It’s a bit edgier than the other colors, but true fashionistas love their black polish, it won’t clash with anything they may decide to wear. Licorice by Essie is the perfect jet black color.

And let’s not forget top coats. Just like a good base coat, a top coat will do wonders for your manicure. Essie’s Good To Go is the best top coat I’ve come across. It dries quickly and adds a nice shine to your nails. Put it on and within minutes you really are good to go!

1 Adorn Nail Paints Ridge-filler Base Coat | 2 Adorn Nail Paints French Lessons | 3 Adorn Nail Paints Beautiful and Damned | 4 Essie Good to Go Top Coat | 5 Essie Mademoiselle | 6 Essie Licorice


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