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Do You Match Your Nail and Toenail Polish?


My friend works for a company that manufactures all sorts of beauty products. Somehow she got her hands on an old training manual, and boy, is it a treat. Some of the antiquated rules are as follows: hair should be worn above the shoulders, makeup should never be dark, and lipstick and nail polish should always be tastefully done in a coordinating color. It all sounds a little old-fashioned to me, don't you think?

This got me to thinking about my own personal nail polish matching habits. Somewhere along the line, I felt the need to always make my fingernails complement my toes somehow, even though I know it's probably just a little quirk of mine. Tell me about your coordinating/non-coordinating ways.

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JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 7 years
For special occasions I'd consider it or at least a darker shade on toes and lighter on fingers but I wouldn't do it for every day. It's no fun that way.
lizlee89 lizlee89 7 years
I never have the same color on my fingers and toes - I actually intentionally always make sure that I have two different colors just because I hate matching and because I love nail polish so much that I can never pick just one color. it's funny though, because I remember when I was like 11 (I've been painting my nails since I can remember, my mom noticing that I painted my fingernails and toenails two different colors and finding that surprising. so, I thing it's just a generational/societal thing - it's not that crazy of a concept. I wish I had the eye to coordinate my shades though...
lizlee89 lizlee89 7 years
I never have the same color on my fingers and toes - I actually intentionally always make sure that I have two different colors just because I hate matching and because I love nail polish so much that I can never pick just one color. it's funny though, because I remember when I was like 11 (I've been painting my nails since I can remember, my mom noticing that I painted my fingernails and toenails two different colors and finding that surprising. so, I thing it's just a generational/societal thing - it's not that crazy of a concept. I wish I had the eye to coordinate my shades though...
morganfay morganfay 7 years
Judging by the fact that I have a shimmery darkish lilac on my toes now, and a matte aqua blue on my finger nails... I'd hazard a guess I don't set too much store by matchiness.
rabidmoon rabidmoon 7 years
I usually paint my toes OR my fingers, but fingers are such a pain..I find a good polish like TOMA lasts a few days on my toes, and I like how it looks. On fingers, between cooking and guitar and piano and typing all day at work, I just feel..meh..about painting them, its constant hassle, one chip and it looks horrid, and I rarely have the time to keep them perfect so I just don't bother! If I do, then no, they never match - but they won't really clash either...I tend to always wear a really natural pink, a clear true red, or sometimes for fun, this really cool metallic midnight blue on my hands (Finland is into black and blue nailpolish, its pretty much mainstream here). Matching to me would be overkill somehow.
amerikanbeanhead amerikanbeanhead 7 years
Thanks aistea311, I actually stole the idea from Solange awhile back haha.
Ellenora Ellenora 7 years
Yes, they always match for this reason: I use the same polish on my toes AND my hands. Two differing colors on the toes and fingers bug me for some reason. I can do a pattern if I had the patience for it. Right now, I have Nicole Stics by Opi on (I have the top coat and a pink color that I can't remember the names to).
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 7 years
No, I do not match the color however I usually stay in a color range or have it go with one another. Ex: black on toes, navy on hands; burgundy on toes, bright red on hands; dark plum on toes, wine, medium lavender or a deep pink on hands. That way it works together however doesn't look matchy-matchy.
aistea311 aistea311 7 years
I always have a french pedicure and french manicure. Its classic and goes with everything. I am liking the lime green and fuschia polka dot nail polish americanbeanhead ;)
weirdy weirdy 7 years
i dont really match but i like it coordinated.. and not clashing with each other.. but if i have a french then i'll probably have my toes match my outfit or whatever i feel like using
jadeangel25 jadeangel25 7 years
Similar to a lot of people above - I'll do similar or coordinating shades on my finger nails and toe nails, but my toe nails will be more bold. A neat trick is to use the top coat of the bolder color on my finger nails for when I want to keep them more subtle.
emalove emalove 7 years
I do coordinating shades, but never the same exact shade.
Talldiva45 Talldiva45 7 years
Usually they somehow coordinate but not match - usually I go for brighter toe nail colors! Love bold and bright colors!
brandi797 brandi797 7 years
I always pick bright, fun colors for the toes. For my nails, I keep it low-key with a short nail and a sheer pink (think french mani without the fussy white line)
AmberHoney AmberHoney 7 years
Don't wear color on my nails, toes are always in tip top shape with a vibrant color.
amerikanbeanhead amerikanbeanhead 7 years
Well I currently have Lime green toenails with fuscia polka dots and purple fingernails so I would say no. :)
Beauty Beauty 7 years
I love hearing all of your takes on coordinating/not coordinating the polish!
Beauty Beauty 7 years
I love hearing all of your takes on coordinating/not coordinating the polish!
HipMom HipMom 7 years
complement - yes. Match - no. I rarely wear nailpolish on my hands only occasionally, I prefer the nude shade look for everyday. But I usually have it on my toes; I never leave home without fixing my nailpolish if I'm weariong open-toes shoes.
Tech Tech 7 years
I would never match my fingers to my toes, but I'm obsessed with them both always being painted. They always complement each other, and I love coming up with cool new combos!
sugar_me_sweet sugar_me_sweet 7 years
I like to match my colors. I'm a little monkish.
WiCkeD_LaDy WiCkeD_LaDy 7 years
sometimes, but when my toes and mynails dont match people complement themmore.
WiCkeD_LaDy WiCkeD_LaDy 7 years
sometimes, but when my toes and my nails dont match people complement them more.
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