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6 Summer Nail Polish Shades Perfect for the Office

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Summer is swiftly approaching, and what better way to celebrate this vibrant season than with a bold burst of color. 

Thanks to popular beauty blogs and fashion magazines, colorful nails are becoming more and more common in the workplace. The carefully selected shades in this collection, flatter virtually every complexion, while showcasing some of summer’s hottest color trends. If you decide to go bold and daring, remember to tone down your accessories and wardrobe, so you don’t draw too much attention. Every work environment is different, so exercise your own best judgment when choosing your shade.

1. Butter London’s Artful Dodger

This cool shade of teal is a great way to do summer’s blue trend without going too over the top. It pairs well with silver or gold jewelry, applies smoothly, and lasts longer than traditional polishes. Butter also makes some other great cosmetics, but their nail lacquers are truly wow-worthy.

2. Essie’s Roarrrrange

Essie’s colors are always dazzling, and this tangerine with subtle hints of red coral is no exception. This shade pairs well with a golden tan or subtle bronzer. A turquoise ring or silver bracelet is the perfect companion piece to this color. An accessory here and there makes a statement, but too many bangles and rings aren’t really suitable for the office. Keep jewelry minimal; less, is more.

3. Essie’s Brooch the Subject

 

This soft, powdery pink-beige is perfect for creating a polished look. This shade is ideal for formal business meetings, and day-to-night use. It’s classic and elegant, yet anything but boring. Wear it with white, lacey accents, and flirty and feminine accessories. 

4. Julep’s Blake

Yellows are all the rage on the runways this season. Generally, it’s a tough shade to do well, but this pale buttercream looks great as a simple manicure color or as an accent to turquoise polishes. Julep’s nail lacquers are toxin-free, easy to apply, and deliver professional results.  

This pale yellow is perfectly complimented by white; choose a simple white leather clutch or satchel to complete this season’s charmingly feminine "Yellow and White" look. 

5. Revlon ColorStay™ Longwear Nail Enamel in Spanish Moss

This polish boasts up to 11 days of color, and has a wider brush for easy, bubble-free application. This fashion forward, beautiful dusty green has a subtle hint of pearly shimmer, making it a perfect base color that gives you more liberty to play with accessories and accent colors. Wear it with simple tribal inspired pieces; a thin leather bracelet or a hammered pendant with a bit of sheen are ideal accessories for this musky-green. 

6. Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer in 106 Baby Jane

Baby Jane was inspired by one of Marc Jacob’s favorite films. This lavender-ash pays homage to summer’s pale nudes trend, and pairs wonderfully with minimalistic high-polished silver accessories. Wear this shade with white or ivory clothing; delicate summer knits and lace will help complete your romantic yet sophisticated look. This nail polish is toluene, formaldehyde, and DBP free, making it an ideal choice for anyone looking to avoid harsh, drying chemicals.

Do you have any nail polish shades that you think should be added to this list? Your thoughts and comments please…

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