Talk to the Hand: Perfect Polish & Ring Pairings


1. Deborah Lippmann Laughin’ To The Bank; $17 // Lucifer Vir Honestus ring; $6,580
2. Estee Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer: The Metallics in Rose Gold; $20 // Raymond Lee Jewelers ring; $7,995
3. Deborah Lippmann Limited Edition Va Va Voom; $19 // Anshumita ring; $15,500
4. Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer in Stone Jungle; $18 // Tamara Comolli ring; $15,940
5. Dolce & Gabbana Intense Nail Lacquer in Ruby; $24 // Lancome Vernis in Love in Neige Argent Noel; $15 // Gilan ring; $19,600
6. Guerlain La Laque Couleur in 861 Sulfurous; $23 // EFFY Jewelry ring; $4,800

When I was in fifth grade, I did my science project on nail polish. I saved my allowance, convinced my mom to drive me to the drugstore and bought a bottle of nail polish in several different brands. Nothing too high-end – I mean, we’re talking like, Bonne Bell here. But I applied the polishes, did a few trials and set out to find which brand of nail polish lasted longest. I know, I know – not exactly a heavy-hitting project. At age 11 I already knew I wasn’t going to be a scientist, anyway. But I was detail-oriented and had an appreciation for all things artsy (plus, I was a goody-good who always wanted good grades), so the end result was actually pretty good-looking for a project about nail polish.
Things have changed quite a bit since then, and though my interest in nail polish waned over the years, over the past several months it has come back with a vengeance. I am addicted to nail polish – painting my nails has become this comforting task to me. And I don’t want just one shade of red or one shade of gray – I need an oxblood and a cranberry, and a heather gray and a steel gray. So when I saw something similar to this layout on Pinterest, I knew I wanted to localize and adapt it for the magazines I work for. The featured shades I’ve tried and loved, plus a bonus – ring pairings for all those holiday cocktail parties.
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