ME: “Oh, Magic 8 ball, will my attempt at nail art today turn out to be epically flawless and fabulous and absolutely everything I’ve ever dreamed nail art could be?”
MAGIC 8 BALL: “All signs point to hell naaaaw!”
That particular accent nail combo up top was the result of an epic nail art fail last Sunday.
I’d started out trying to do something involving negative space and jerry-rigged Band-Aid cutouts and… Anyway, it didn’t work out, but it led me to the purple and burgundy combo here, ’cause you know I’m all about that accent nail life. 🙂
After the Band-Aid cutout disaster (long, sad story), I started thinking about creamy purple nails and got this picture in my head of a hand with bright violet nails wrapped around a glass of red wine.
So I dug through my stash and pulled out this vibrant violet shade by Smith & Cult called Check the Rhyme, which I paired with a burgundy called Lo-Fi, also from Smith & Cult.
By the founders of Hard Candy, Smith & Cult is a new line with some really cool colors, packaging and names. They only came out a few months ago. Wear time is OK, like 4-5 days with a base and top coat, so not as sturdy as OPI, but good enough if you like to swap out your polish every few days. The bottles are kind of expensive though at $18 each, but I like a lot of their colors.
The deep creamy burgundy accent nail pairing is a nod to winter, but I’m also looking forward to spring with the bright purple and saying “wassup!”
I like this duo and think it works because…
- The burgundy has slightly purple undertones that play off the purple polish. That’s what I was hoping when I picked it because I knew I didn’t want something too red.
- The similar finishes. Because in theory, purple and burgundy could be kind of a jarring match. Like, I normally wouldn’t think to put together an outfit with those two colors, but I think the creamy finishes here unify the look.
So, yeah! It’s fun to find unexpected polish pairings. One thing that helps is looking for colors that have something in common, like similar undertones and/or finishes, to help pull them together.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Are you wearing anything special on your paws today?