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Is a flashy manicure too much for the workplace? Add to ...

The question

I work in a corporate environment and dress fairly conservatively, but love playing with different, unusual nail colours (think acid green or navy). Should I tone it down or are nails fair game for experimentation?

The answer

As far as the trend forecast goes, you’re in luck. This year, no colour, from vampy purples to creamy nudes, seems to be off-limits.

It increasingly seems as though nail polish is being treated more like jewellery, as interchangeable as a pair of shoes and worn in whatever shade your heart desires. As long as your nails are short enough not to hurt anyone and don’t have any 3-D paraphernalia jutting off of them, you’re good.

No matter what colour you do don, it’s imperative that your manicure looks neat and tidy. This means: moisturize hands and cuticles daily and make sure you wear a good top coat to avoid a tattered, unkempt look. You’ll probably get more stares for a shabby, chipped mani in a subdued shade than for well-groomed nails in an outrageous colour.

Bahar Niramwalla is a celebrity makeup artist and beauty expert who has appeared on The Marilyn Denis Show on CTV. Have a beauty question? E-mail style@globeandmail.com.

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