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Colors for Professional and Promotion-Ready Manicures

Your resume and job performance profile may make you the obvious shoo-in for a promotion or raise on your fast track to success. But unless you look the part, you may be passed over for someone with a more polished professional image. Wardrobe, hair and makeup are important, and so are your nails. You gotta put your best foot forward, but it’s important to put your best hand forward too! Don’t know which colors to use for professional and promotion-ready manicures? Here are some tips!

Black is Basic, Right?

Right. Except when it comes to your nails. In some corporate workplaces, black is too dark. You can pair a classic black suit or dress with classy and classic gray, like London Calling, Iron Curtain, or Don’t Think Twice. If your job allows dark nails, go for it with Black Caviar!

What About Red?

Red is iconic, and you can pull it off at the office, provided you pick the right shade. Stay away from bright and orangey reds, and steer toward more subdued tones, like Parisien Tango, Burgundy Silk, or Red is for Destiny.

Green and Blue Hues?

Greens and blues are hard to pull of in a professional setting, but you may be able to get by with shades that show good taste, like Live it Up and Lure Me Blue.

Orange You Glad You Didn’t Choose Yellow?

Orange and yellow hues are pretty much office no-nos unless you stick to subdued classics like Tahitian Sand, Aussie Gold Coast or Hawaiian Honeymoon.

Is White Alright?

White polish can work in the office, as long as it is toned down. Opt for sheers like Duri Line and Lace, Ghost, or Less is More.

Never Lose with French and Nudes!

A neat french manicure, or polish in neutral shades of nude tell your boss you are in it to win it. Plus those choices go with everything, so you nails never clash with your wardrobe. Try Duri Trending in New York, Yoga Girl, Chic Chick, and Satin Treat.

Should You Avoid Certain Colors?

Neon, glitter, shimmer and unusual bright colors draw negative attention and detract from some corporate environments. So do chipped polish and poorly maintained hands and nails. Even if you prefer nails with no nail polish, get a professional and clean manicure at least every two weeks to show the world you care about the professional image you project.

Regardless of the color you choose to put on your nails, a neat manicure is the best manicure!

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