When the seasons change, we’ve all looked down at our hands and wondered “What colour should I paint my nails?” There are always so many trendy shades that seem like a good idea, but it’s easy to fall back on a go-to colour. Here’s a fun idea to help you change up your mani look: Consider coordinating your nail polish with your favourite lipstick. That might mean going tonal and matching them almost exactly or playing with contrast and pairing two different shades. Whatever your taste, here are seven pairings to try when you’re stuck in a beauty rut.
Red lips and nails
This is a timeless colour combination, and it’s one that looks good on pretty much everyone. Keep it glamorous with a black dress for an evening out or easygoing on the weekend with jeans and a white T-shirt. No matter the occasion, red lips and a red manicure will always look polished and classic.
Nude lips, yellow nails
A pastel-yellow manicure is one of the season’s hottest beauty trends. Even though it’s a muted shade, it’s still bold and unexpected. If you’re going to give it a shot, the best lipstick colour to pair it with is a subtle nude.
Pink lips, purple nails
There’s a reason why we loved this colour combination when we were kids. Now, the beloved grade-school hues get an upgrade with a softer pastel pink and a grey-tinted purple. They’re still playful but a bit more mature—and totally appropriate for the office.
Peach lips and nails
Orange has been getting a lot of love on both the runways and the red carpets because it’s cheery and surprisingly wearable. If you’re apprehensive about trying the summery shade, go for a peachier alternative on your lips and nails.
Coral lips, turquoise nails
This colour pairing is inspired by a tropical sunset and a blue lagoon, so you’ll look ready for a beach vacation when you sport it—or like you just came back from one. Because this lip is so bold, keep the rest of your makeup neutral with just a swipe of mascara and a little bronzer.
Fuchsia lips and nails
Opting for bright-pink lips is a fun alternative to classic red, and the same shade makes for one of the best nail colours. If you match your fuchsia pout to your fuchsia manicure, the colour could quickly become your new go-to when you want to add a hit of colour to your beauty look.
Brown lips, Merlot nails
The ’90s are still trending, and with chocolate-coloured lips, you’ll own the decade’s hottest beauty look. The best nail polish shade in the ’90s was wine, a more classic alternative to black. If you want to really embrace the trend, add a smoky-brown eye and some pink-brown blush.