The only 5 nail paints you will ever need

August 14

It is midway through 2017 and I have decided that I am going to go the ‘minimalist’ route. It just makes sense to me at this point in life, when I would rather spend my time and energy on things that really matter than shuffling through my wardrobe to find that particular white shirt which I haven’t worn in years. Every night when deciding an outfit for next day, I have to sift through hangars upon hangars of clothes that either no longer fit me or fit my lifestyle anymore! In my ideal world, I would rather have a smaller yet functional wardrobe, greener yet effective beauty products and a home with that ‘scandi’ feeling!

Now, let’s be honest here, it is going to be a long road reaching there. For me, it’s not the act of finally committing to such a  lifestyle but to find the time with an active toddler to actually get around to doing it!

Therefore, I started small. I tackled my nail paint drawer. It’s not a drawer. I keep my nail paints in the refrigerator and they never get gloopy. Try it and thank me later! I have had nail paints from 10 years ago sitting in my refrigerator!

Out of ‘all’ the nail paints that I thought I needed or I thought I will put on someday, I chose 5 which I am sure will serve me for all types of occasions and places! For the sake of easy categorization, I am divving them up according to seasons, but really they work all year around!

A summer neutral

I chose this Smith & Cult as my summer neutral of choice because this is basically all I wear. Not only in summers but all year around. When you want to have some color on your nails that just goes with everything, pick a neutral that works for you. It could be a white or a beige or even a sheer coat of clear polish!

A vacation color

When I think of drinking Mai Tai’s on a Hawaiin beach and my feet combing the warm sand, this Essie shade is what I reach for. It just speaks summers and vacation! It will go with any swim wear you wear because it just matches the clear sea and sky on a beach! See, what I did there! (I could pull out a picture as a specimen but let’s go ahead)

A pink color

For as long as I could remember, I have been on a search for that perfect pink color that would make my hands look beautiful. There are just so many colors in the pink family ranging from iridescent light to dark mauves. Try a few and settle on one. A perfect pink nail would serve you well. My current favorite is this one.

A fall neutral

I was never into dull colors as nail paints and the thought of putting gray color on my nails repulsed me. But I picked up this Smith & Cult color on a whim, basically because of its name and I fell in love. This is the one I always reach out to when the leaves start changing color and all of my different shades of gray jumpers hit the road. Don’t be intimidated by such a color, just try it!

A holiday color

Come holiday season, whether it is the Indian festival of Diwali or Christmas, all I want is to paint my nails red. Find a classic red that works for you. It could be a bright orange red or a deeper maroon red. I have this Julep shade from way back when I was a part of their subscription service…which, was a long long time ago. Here is a similar one.

Let me know if you agree with this or there is some additional color that you would want to add to the ‘capsule wardrobe’!?

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