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Red nail polish may seem slightly intimidating for pale-skinned ladies but it is actually a way to achieve a sexy, edgy look. With the right shade of red and correct accessories, red nail polish is the perfect addition to a multitude of interesting looks, ranging from classic to modern or even retro to funky. Hollywood starlet Lana Turner sported rich red nails back in the 1940s, and today's stars are still dabbling. Just think Snow White meets burlesque.
Fair-skinned women often hide from color because of its ability to make them look washed out. However, in the case of red nail polish, be daring enough to choose a rich, deep shade. This will complement and enhance a natural porcelain skin tone. For pale skin types it is wise to avoid orange-based reds or anything too light. Be brave and go for deep ruby, almost burgundy reds, because these really strengthen and add to a Gothic look. The more contrasting the red is to the skin, the more intense and deliberate the nail polish looks. You want it to stand out and be noticeable. Add a shiny clear topcoat for extra gloss, and wear with style conviction.
How to Wear
Fair-skinned ladies should avoid trying to play down the contrast the red polish will bring against their skin tones. Red nail polish will always look brighter against a fair skin tone, so embrace the fairness of your skin, allowing it to make the red look more vibrant and strong. Make a bold statement with ruby red nails and dove white skin. Work with that contrast and use it to create and strengthen the look. Team the polish with a rich red lipstick and add chunky costume jewelry and large rings. Go all out for this look because red nail polish is not a subtle style statement; it has always been about showing your edge.
Red nail polish looks stunning on a fair-skinned lady in a chic evening gown. It also works well with a '40s pinup style. This look consists of floral or polka-dotted prints and red lips to match, a la Lana Turner. A flapper style is also very effective. Flappers are the short-haired innovative women who wore sequins and miniskirts in the 1920-1940 era, when red nail polish broke many style traditions. Include feathered accessories and a funky cropped hairdo for a modernized flapper look. Red nail polish can also contribute nicely as a finishing touch to a Gothic look.
Who is Doing It?
Fair-skinned beauties the world over are getting acquainted with rich red nails--you could be one of them. Allow yourself to be inspired by style icons such as Cate Blanchett and Nicole Kidman. Both of these pale-skinned stunners wear deep red nail polish with classy evening gowns for a mature, sophisticated look. Dita Von Teese, known for her style prowess and gorgeous porcelain skin, also wears the deep red nails. She works her red polish and fair skin into a burlesque look. Remember that red nail polish is an easy way to make a style impact, so wear it with confidence.