I just started wearing red nail polish last year, when the Christian Louboutin polishes came out and I fell in love with their perfect red (this one). I’m horrible at doing my nails and always find myself absentmindedly picking off my polish, but the color was so pretty that I tried harder to keep it on and to stop myself from picking. I also picked up a tip from a manicurist who said to apply a clear topcoat every second day after a manicure to help seal the edges and keep it looking fresh.
I’ve since given up on the Louboutin polish partly because it’s incredibly expensive for what it is but also because I found that the quality wasn’t as great as you’d expect a $50 polish to be; it started getting tacky and not working that well after just a few months. Also, I felt like I was brandishing a weapon whenever I toted it to the nail salon – the packaging is pretty but maybe a little much.
There are tons of other really great shades out there that are fun and youthful (until the Louboutin polishes I always thought of red nails as being a little ‘old lady’); some of my favorites are Dior 999, Ciaté’s ‘Hutch’, YSL’s ‘Pop Art’ and OPI’s ‘Big Apple Red’. What’s your go-to polish shade?