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How To: Mismatched Manis (That Don’t Clash!)

We’re longtime fans of the “status nail,” but these days we’re taking it a step further with our latest polish obsession: purposefully mismatched manicures (perfect for those of us who can never decide which shade we want to wear!) To get the trend right without looking like you picked your polish with your eyes closed, try these three color combos:

The Mani: Complementary Colors

Choose lacquers that work together but aren’t too matchy-matchy by consulting the good ol’ color wheel (flashback to art class!) Select shades that are across from each other on the wheel, like blue and orange, purple and yellow, or red and green. Then paint one or two nails with a white polish or soft neutral to make the complementary hues really stand out. The Polish: Heirloom Pearls from Color Club Gala’s Gems Collection (thumb and middle), Aquamarine Azulino from Gala’s Gems (pointer), and Bikini Coral from Floss Gloss (ring and pinky).

The Mani: Soft Pastels

By mixing subtle shades like light pink, lilac, and rose gold, you get a fashion-forward look without feeling too loud. In addition to a few creamy lacquers, throw in a shade with a special finish, like a metallic or a glitter, to add more dimension to your manicure. The Polish: Gold Struck from Color Club Gala’s Gems Collection(pointer), OPI Kiss Me I’m Brazilian (middle), and You’re Such a Budapest (ring).

The Mani: Fancy Finishes

One of our favorite ways to master the mismatched mani is to find one line that ties a polish trend together, like Ruffian’s Rapture Collection, a trio of metallic shades in rose-gold, lavender and platinum. Intersperse a pale neutral for good measure to break up the shimmery tips. The Polish: Products used: Ruffian Ambrosia (thumb and pinky), Ruffian Rosary (pointer), Ruffian Relic (middle), and OPI My Vampire is Buff (ring).

Not thrilled with how one of the polishes look next to the other? Remove it with one of Ruffian’s acetone-free Nail Lacquer Remover Toilettes that are infused with Vitamin E so they nourish your fingertips.

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