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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

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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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