Sure, trendy manicures are fun. But not everyone works in an office where mint green fingertips are gonna fly. For a classic manicure that still grabs attention, there's nothing quite like red. We put dozens of fiery polishes to the test, and these are the ones we'll be wearing:
For cool complexions: If your skin has pink undertones (whether you're fair, medium, or dark) look for blue-based reds. OPI's Got the Blues For Red and Dior Masai Red are rich and sophisticated, while deeper Tom Ford Bordeaux Lust is dramatic and vampy (wear it on short nails only, please).
For warm complexions: Orange-reds flatter gold and yellow undertones. Try Essie's Olé Caliente (shown above), Revlon Delicious, or Sally Hansen's All Fired Up when you want a vibrant, cheery shade. For a darker look, go for Essie nail polish in Honey Bun, a gorgeous brick red that warms up sallow skin.
For everybody: True reds really are the prostitutes of the nail polish world; they work on anyone and everyone. OPI nail lacquer in I'm Not Really a Waitress and Rescue Beauty Lounge Glamourpuss are the two we found to be true perfection.
With reporting by Robyn Brown, Mary Rose Almasi, and Kayleigh Donahue