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While you may prefer to stick to classic nail polish shades like pale pink and mauve for your fingers, your pedicure presents the ideal opportunity to play with color. When you break out your favorite peep-toe heels or strappy sandals for a night out on the town, you can make your shoes look even sexier by choosing the right shade of polish for your toes. You can go with several options, so consider your skin tone and the color of your shoes to figure out which shade works best for you.
If you’re not brave enough to try a bold red lipstick for a night out, give a sexy red pedicure a whirl instead. There’s something about that flash of bright red peeking out at the front of your favorite strappy sandals or open-toed stilettos that amps up the sex appeal of any outfit. You can go with a classic blue-based fire engine red if you want to channel bombshell Marilyn Monroe, but an orange-based red can make tan or olive skin pop. In the fall and winter, try a burgundy or wine polish on your toes for a sultry, sophisticated look.
When you want to turn your guy’s head, "Cosmopolitan" magazine recommends a bright pink polish on your toes to rev his engine. Bright pink is a softer alternative to red but still packs a punch if you choose the right shade. Pair a hot pink or magenta polish with strappy silver sandals for a summer night out or black peep-toe pumps when the weather turns cooler. If you want a more sophisticated look, opt for a bright pink shade of polish that leans more toward berry.
Adding an unexpected pop of color to your toes is a surefire way to garner a little extra attention, and purple polish certainly gives your pedicure a sexy twist. Stay away from pastel purple shades like lilac or lavender, though, which typically read more sweet than sultry. Instead, go with a sensuous royal purple to give your toes a little extra va-va-voom. Up the glam factor by choosing a deep purple shade with a shimmery or glittery finish, so your polish catches the light – and your guy’s eye.
It may seem like a boring option, but nude polish can give your pedicure a seductive look if you choose the right color. Avoid nude polishes with a gray undertone because they can make your skin look ashy. Instead, look for a beige shade that’s similar to your skin tone but with a slightly peach or pink undertone to warm up the look. Pair your nude pedicure with strappy or peep-toe heels in a similar color and you’ll give your legs a lean, sexy look that’s perfect for a date or a night out with the girls.
If you think black nail polish is strictly for Goths or heavy metal musicians, it may be time to reconsider. A black pedicure creates a striking contrast with any skin tone for a sexy, edgy look. You can pair it with black shoes for a monochromatic look, but it works with any shoe color, including silver, gold and red. For a sleek, sophisticated look, opt for black polish with a cream finish. If you prefer a softer option, choose a shimmery finish. You can even choose other dark shades if black is too much, like a shimmery charcoal or deep navy blue.