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So, you have your outfit all set—what’s next? When you know what you’re wearing, everything else practically falls into place. In case you aren’t so sure, we’ve come up with a simple guide to help you out. Just find your outfit among the list below, and we’ll tell you the nail polish—and makeup colors—to complete the look.
There’s no better time to look your best than on a hot date. That means after carefully selecting your favorite little black dress and heels, you’ll want to pick out the perfect nail polish and lip color to match. Paint your nails a glossy red and coat your lips in a similar shade of red lipstick for a stunning effect. It’s just the pop of color you need! Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Lipstick in Matador.
When you’re planning to rock layers (or forced to by fall temperatures), create nail art that’s equally layered. Start with a charcoal base, before adding an eye-catching glitter overtop. Sweep a few layers of black mascara, like the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Washable Mascara in Blackest Black, onto your lashes, then slip on a flannel shirt and wrap a fuzzy scarf around your neck. You’re almost good to go—just grab a classic leather jacket to survive the breezy weather.
Going on a job interview is all about making a good impression, and it isn’t only your outfit that comes into play. Your nails and makeup matter, too. Base your outfit on the job your interviewing for, considering the office environment. If everyone’s wearing jeans, you probably don’t want to show up in a suit—and vice versa. Once you’ve nailed down a look that’s appropriate, paint your nails a stark white. The color won’t be distracting to your interviewer, but it still offers a touch of serious style. Swipe on clear lip gloss, like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Le Gloss in Naturally Nude, and touch up your arches with a brow pencil, like the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Shape & Fill Mechanical Pencil. You’ll looked groomed but not over the top.
If you’re feeling particularly feminine, of course you’ll want to dress for the occasion. Throw on your most flowing, floral dress and a pair of flirty flats. Your nails should be pink—obviously—the brightest shade you can find. Then, brush a rosy blush, like the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Blush in Tender Rose, onto your cheeks, before topping them with a shimmering illuminator, like the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator in Rose, for a bit of sparkle.
Jet-setting style is almost as fun as the travel itself. Break out your maxi dresses, bikinis, and sandals so that you’re resort-ready. As for your nails, try a coat of bright green—think palm leaves. Stick with waterproof mascara, like the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Feline Mascara Waterproof, and BB cream, like the L’Oréal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream, for a low maintenance makeup look that’ll suit your effortless vacay outfits.
Whether you’re actually heading to the gym or simply throwing on comfy clothes to hit the grocery store, there’s nothing trendier (and more practical) than athleisure. A pair of cropped leggings, a stretchy tank, and stylish sneakers will serve you well for almost anything your schedule can throw at you. Paint your nails with a clear topcoat for serious shine that won’t require touchups if your nails get mussed while working out. And of course, skip the makeup when you’re planning to get sweaty.
It’s your birthday, and you’ll need to be the best dressed—and made up—person in the room. Pick out a party dress that flatters all your best features and will make sure you stand out from the crowd. Treat yourself to a mani-pedi, choosing a metallic gold or silver. Round out your attention-getting look with super-sharp winged eyeliner and a pair of voluminous falsies. (Check out our article, 7 Hacks to Make Applying False Lashes Easier.) Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible the Super Slim Eyeliner in Black.
It doesn’t matter if it’s your big day or someone else’s, the rules for your nails are similar. When you’re wearing a wedding gown or a bridesmaid dress, opt for nude nails. Not literally naked but nude polish. Flashy colors may seem fun in the moment, but chances are you’ll prefer looking back on pictures where your nails don’t steal the show. The guidelines for makeup are similar, which is one of the reasons why nude eyeshadows are just so popular. Find your perfect nude from the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow collection.
How about showing your hands and nails a little love to make sure you’re prepped for polishing? Just read up on how to do that, with our 10 Ways to Show Your Hands and Nails Some Major TLC.