New sandals? Check. Fresh pedi? Just a sec. If want to put your best foot forward, peep our list of perfectly paired shoe-and-hue combos. Then hit the nearest nail salon with know-how.

Summer Pedicure ColorsShoe Color: Gold
Polish Color: 
Talk about a midsummer night’s dream. Grape toes make metallic shoes pop (and vice versa). Since the sandals sparkle on their own, no need for glimmery polish. 

Summer Pedicure ColorsShoe Color: Animal Print
Polish Color: Peach
Every yin needs a yang. Animal prints are fierce on their own, while peach gives off a good-girl vibe. In a pinch, powder pink will do the demure job, too.

Summer Pedicure ColorsShoe Color: Beige
Polish Color: 
A neutral shoe begs for polish that brings the heat. Your best bet? Fire engine red. Just a few swipes for an instant fiesta on your feet.

Summer Pedicure ColorsShoe Color: White
Polish Color: Anything bright
Think of white sandals as a blank canvas for your most creative nail-color combos. Unexpected hues work well here. If you’re all about nail art, this is your time to shine.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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July 18, 2015

Your bag is packed for your summer getaway, and we’re willing to bet you have (several pairs of) sandals tucked inside. Look down. Are your toes ready for the trip? We chatted with Rue hair-&-makeup guru Rachael B., who gave us her recommendations for keeping our polish perfectly synced with our travel plans.

Vacation Nail Polish

Girls’ Weekend
Mentally preparing, er, packing for a bachelorette trip? Rachael encourages you to break out the metallic. “A steely silver is like a party on your toes, and rose gold is very hot right now.” Should you want something a little bolder, Rachael suggests swiping one of these colors across just the tips of your toes for a contrasted look.

Tropical Paradise
If Bora Bora is on your itinerary, we’re jealous. Seriously. Now grab a bright hue. “Anything that reminds you of tropical fruit is a go,” says Rachael, “like a pink-orange with a little shine, or a bright lemon yellow.”

Coastal Cruise
For those weekends in the Cape or those jaunts to Martha’s Vineyard, it’s all about the sherbet colors. “A light orange pairs well with a nautical blue-and-gold outfit,” notes Rachael, “and a soft, cashmere pink is a classic preppy neutral.”

Now grab your carry-on. All that’s left is to walk your fancy feet onto a beach (or boat dock, or bachelorette suite).

By Ashley Bell, Staff Writer

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May 14, 2015

For better skin while flying: Remove makeup with your to-go wipe of choice. Then apply a translucent hydrating mask or face oil during your journey. Lastly, reapply essential cosmetics: cream blush and mascara.

For cowlick-free bangs: Bangs dry faster than the rest of your hair, so grab a blow-dryer ASAP to tame uncooperative texture. Angle it toward your forehead from above and brush strands side to side until dry. Finish by rolling the ends under.

For those last drops of topcoat: Holiday greetings, save-the-dates, and thank-you cards. Spare yourself the trouble (and bitter taste) of licking every envelope shut. Instead, just paint on a couple lines of clear nail polish to seal.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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October 27, 2014

One of the biggest names in shoes has officially introduced his moniker to the beauty business. Christian Louboutin Beauté, a long-rumored extension of the shoe designer’s label, just launched with a flagship red nail polish leading the way. Titled “Rouge Louboutin,” the varnish is packaged in a faceted glass bottle with a calligraphy-inspired cap, playing off the eight-inch heel height of his tallest shoe, the Ballerina Ultima. A stiletto-shaped bottle is an obvious choice, but it’s also a nod to Louboutin’s first red soles in 1992, which were literally painted with nail polish.



Image via Christian Louboutin

Not unlike a pair of his coveted red soles, “Rouge Louboutin” doesn’t come cheap. Currently the only hue available, the signature crimson shade will run you $50. Start contributing to your Louboutin fund – 30 more colors will debut on August 31. Until I can afford my own pair, I’ll settle for sporting red on my toes instead of my soles.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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July 24, 2014

Mani Monday

From Rihanna and Dita Von Teese to the models at New York Fashion Week, the half-moon manicure is a favorite amongst the stars. And with endless (and eye-catching) color combos, it’s easy to see why. Create your own with these quick and easy steps, below.

What you’ll need:
• Two nail colors (I chose butter LONDON’s The Full Monty and essie’s Bahama Mama)
• Three-ring binder reinforcement stickers
• Scissors
• Clear top coat

The how-to:
1. Paint two coats on your nails with the color you want for the base. This will be the color of the half moon.
2. After your nails are completely dry, place the reinforcement stickers as far above your cuticles as you would like. (Tip: cut slits in the reinforcement stickers so they lie flat on your nails.)
3. With your second color, paint two coats on the top half of your nail.
4. Once the polish dries, peel off the reinforcement stickers from right to left. Doing this will keep the edges looking clean and prevent the nail polish from bleeding.
5. Finish with a clear top coat.

By Carolyn Schultz, Staff Writer

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January 7, 2013


From velvet minidresses (1990s-inspired, of course) to velvet leggings (in a bevy of hues), this rich fabric is on my holiday must list. But even if you’re not quite ready to go all-out with velvet, it’s easy to incorporate this plush, seasonal fabric in a subtler way – just check out the Ciaté “Berry Poncho” manicure below.


The polish is available at Sephora and includes step-by-step directions. But, if you ask me, this tutorial on Ciaté’s website is even better.

A few tips:

1. Paint each nail with two coats of polish. Immediately after adding the second coat, powder on the
velvet – it will hold to the polish much longer.
2. Put some velvet powder in the “catch-all” tray provided and roll each nail in it, making sure to coat the nail completely.
3. Place some paper towels underneath your manicure station, because that velvet dust will wander.
4. DO NOT DO YOUR MANI NEAR A FAN! (See wandering velvet dust, above.)
5. Get used to friends asking to pet your nails – it’s going to happen more than you’d think.

By Carolyn Schultz, Staff Writer

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December 17, 2012


Smashbox Cosmetics

We’re in denial about any shreds of winter left. Full speed to spring, please. Bright colors! Lighter fabrics! We even spotted a pair of bright pink wedges in our midst today.

With Smashbox Cosmetics on our horizon, we turned to Keep Me Blushing blogger, Samantha Michelle, to enlighten us on the color of 2011: sweet, pretty honeysuckle – a mouth-watering, reddish-pink hue. Check out her tips, then let us know if you’ll be up for a little (or a lot) for spring.

I love the color of 2011. It’s happy, warm, and beautiful, and looks great on just about anyone. It’s easy to add this color into your wardrobe and accessories, but don’t forget your makeup bag! Some of you may think this honeysuckle is too bright to wear on your face, but when done correctly it looks so great – especially for spring/summer.
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March 23, 2011