365 Beauty Guide: Must-Try Mani / Pedi Combos

365 Beauty Guide: Must-Try Mani / Pedi Combos
Make a splash this summer with decadent mani / pedi combos sure to make sunshine days a little brighter!

1) Jewel Tones: Pastels are a huge draw during the spring / summer seasons; however, rich, jewel tones are a bit more sophisticated and unexpected – not to mention they (surprisingly!) pair beautifully with spring and summer ensembles. My favorites are Essie’s Turquoise and Caicos, and Thakoon for NARS’ Ratin Jot.

2) Nude + Bright: Bare nails can be boring; but a polish that looks barely there is an elegant way to lengthen fingers, and keep your look professional (important in office settings!). I like to counter it with a bright pedicure, which allows you to try two runway trends at once (nudes and neons). Deborah Lippmann’s Naked and Tom Ford Beauty’s Nail Lacquer in Coral Blame are my favorites. NOTE: If you have pale skin, look for a nude shade with pale pink undertones to avoid ‘mannequin hands’.

3) Mint + Metallic: Mint greens possess a very sweet vibe; whereas metallics add a futuristic touch. The reason I love pairing the two together, is because both colors make you look tanner (I’m pale, so I need this!). Metallics, especially silver, reflect light, enhancing your tan; while the pale blue/green undertones found in mint polish create the same effect. I like Deborah Lippmann’s Stardust, and Sally Hansen’s Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Mint Sorbet.

4) Double Pastel: Pastel nails are one of the simplest lacquer looks, as they complement any skintone; plus, they have an ultra-feminine vibe that invokes images of girly ice cream socials (think the Louis Vuitton Spring 2012 Ad Campaign). You can create a combo out of any pastel colors; however, my favorites to mix and match are pale blue and peach a la Essie’s A Crewed Interest and Chanel’s Le Vernis in Coco Blue.

5) Classic + Playful: Red is one of the top three most classic nail colors available, and looks absolutely stunning for pedicures; however, it can sometimes be harsh for manicures during the spring / summer months. My solution? Pair it with a playful color that is more in line with the season (and the season’s obsession with colorblocking). I like OPI’s Big Apple Red for toes, coupled with butter LONDON’s '3 Free' Nail Lacquer in Cheeky Chops for fingers. The colors complement one another; and seamlessly pay homage to the hues of summer.

6) Ombre Effect: I have never been a fan of matching mani / pedis as they can sometimes feel a bit stuffy – especially during the warmer months when your nails are on constant display. What I do love, however, are shades from the same color family, which create an ombre-esque effect. Right now I’m obsessed with pinks, so I love NARS’ Nail Polish in Trouville, paired with Thakoon for NARS’ Anardana. As we are in the throes of spring/summer, I prefer using the lighter shade for manicures, and the darker shade for pedicures; but vice versa looks beautiful too.

What mani / pedi color combo are you eager to try this summer?

Fashionably yours!


ellie said...

4 might be a fun try. These are all cool combos!

ivy's closet said...

Awesome combination. Five would be so unique. I just don't know if I could do it, or not.

mazzy may said...

I'm going for number 6 and number 3.

So cool to know this information.

I so need to work on those toes.

Couture Carrie said...

Love these combos, especially the first one!


Mama Fashionista said...

Ive been rocking something similar to number 3 all spring! I use the mint sorbet as my main mani color and the Eddie luce effects silver glitter polish on my accent nails. It looks so pretty!

Mama Fashionista said...

I love combine 3; ive actually been rocking something similar all spring! I use mint sorbet as my main mani color and essie's luxe effects silver glitter on my accent nails. It's so pretty!

ashley said...

Turquoise and caicos has been one of my favorite summer nail colors for awhile now. Love it with that pink!!

xo Ashley

Faith J. said...

So inspiring!

Why Girls Are Weird said...

I may have to try a few of these, fun!

gi-gi said...

I'm currently sporting a french mani & black w/a white accent pedi. I thin nude & bright is next. Love all your picks.

Rachel @ The Haute Notes said...

LOVE this, Erika! I'm going to have to try all of these color combos! :)

MOSAMUSE said...

loving combo #1.. i like when toes/hands aren't the same color
have a good one!


Tiffany Kadani said...

I love this! I always do nude and red but I'm definitely open to trying more of these. So smart!

The Braided Bandit said...

I love the BUTTER yellow one from London. I definitely want to try ombre nails sometime soon I think its such a cute idea!
Hope you are having a wonderul day!
xo Hannah

Sara said...

I really would like to try the jewel tones! Those colors you have are two of my faves!

Blond Duck said...

I've got one of those shellaced manicures that won't get off!

Sherin said...

That red OPI shade looks amazing. Bright red is my favourite nail colour.

Alexa said...

That Tom Ford one looks really gorgeous. Love that color!

Diana said...

hi dear¡¡ wwow¡¡¡ good selecction¡¡ my favourite number 4¡¡ xoxo

Ashley said...

The Tom Ford is calling my name!!

Josie said...

I'm desperate to try an ombre look!
xo Josie

caitlin and megan said...

Really inspiring. Oh, gotta start looking at my nail polish.

Mimi said...

thanks for this! i can't wait to try these combos, especially #1 and #5! :D

<3, Mimi
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Unknown said...

Amazing combos. I may even spring for a pedi now that these colors are available.

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