Neon Nails

by Sam P. | April 16th, 2013 | Teen Fashion

nailsI know I usually write about clothing fashion, but I have been seeing this new trend a lot lately.  Girls will grow their nails out, or get fake ones, and paint them in neon colors.  I like the trend a lot, but there are a few things about it that I don’t like.

First, you have to be very careful when choosing a color.  If it were me, I would shy away from yellows and greens.  They tend to not look good on nails, especially in such a bright shade.  You also have to keep in mind what colors you tend to wear the most.  If you wear mostly reds, oranges, and yellows, I would go with orange.  If you wear mostly blue, purple, and green, then go with a blue or purple.  If you wear a lot of “Valentine’s Day” pinks, reds, and whites, then go with a pink nail.  It becomes even easier if you wear almost all tans, whites, blacks, grays, etc. Now you can simply choose your favorite neon color.

Also, you have to be very careful with nail length.  Obviously the longer your nails get, the easier it is to break them.  Also, they can look very tacky.  I tend to keep my nails on the shorter side, because they look very cheap if you grow them out too long, especially when they have a bright neon color plastered over them.

I know that due to the bright color your nails won’t be boring, but you may get tired of them if they’re the same shade the whole time.  With neon colors I think it looks very cute to add a simple checker patten on just your ring nail.  Stripes, polka dots, zebra – whatever you want!  This is also the only time I like neon yellow on nails.  I think shorts nails painted neon yellow with a black checkerboard pattern or black stripes (bumblebee nails!) can look cute.  I would only do that if you wear lots of greens, yellows, and oranges with black, not brown.

Neon nails also depend on you personality.  If you are very outgoing, you can pull off a brighter nail, like a pink.  If you aren’t as daring, I would go with a more muted neon, maybe blue or purple.  If you want to be different you can even wear a bright metallic color.  They aren’t technically neon, but if you can find a bright enough shade, I think it qualifies.

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