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Should Your Nails Match Your Makeup?

December 04, 2020

When it comes to popular beauty questions, should your nails match your makeup is pretty high on the list. If you take your beauty cues from influencers, you may have noticed that makeup gurus and YouTubers alike have been sharing matchy-matchy beauty looks. So, the thought of experimenting with this aesthetic may have come to mind. You can keep things simple when matching your nails and makeup or experiment with animal prints, patterns, and more. It’s an idea that may be worth exploring. Ahead, we’re providing answers to the question, “Should your nails match your makeup?” and sharing five makeup-manicure combinations you can consider.


Matching your nails and your makeup comes down to your personal preference. Some people love to match every element of their beauty look, while others prefer a bit more variation. The matchy-matchy option allows you to flaunt intricate nail and makeup looks that make a major impact, such as a galaxy eyeshadow and a coordinating manicure. It also gives you the option to keep things simple with a monochrome vibe.

On the other hand, if you love the idea of contrast, you have free rein to rock a neutral makeup look and pair it with a brightly-hued manicure or vice versa. You can also take a complementary approach by painting your nails a shade that matches your makeup without emulating the entire look. Think of sunset eye makeup that has a blend of pink, purple, and orange shades complemented with a hot pink mani. No matter which option you choose, your nails and your makeup will look on point.


If you’re game to match your makeup and nails, there are plenty of options you can consider, from solid coordinated colors to matching patterns. Here are five combinations to try.


Why we love it: Matching white nail polish to white winged eyeliner gives you a neat and super-polished look that can complement just about any ensemble you dream up. Not to mention, the winged effect adds edge to your look that won’t go unnoticed.

Product pick: Craft your wing with the help of the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Never Fail Eyeliner in White. This eyeliner has a rich and creamy formula that glides on easily and leaves you with long-lasting color.


Why we love it: The negative space eyeliner trend is all about using eyeliner to define the shape of your eyes while leaving a blank space in the middle. As for the negative space nail trend, it consists of placing small pieces of tape on your nails and painting over them. Once you remove the tape, you’ll have stylishly bare nails (i.e., negative space) in the spots where the tape once was. It leaves you with a transparent and eye-catching design.

Product pick: Use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible The Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner to create your negative space eyeliner look. The liner pen boasts a quick-dry, smudge-free formula and an ultra-fine precision tip that makes it easy to create precise lines.


Why we love it: This manicure offers a beautiful transition in color that makes it oh-so-easy for you to rock two shades in one. Pair it with ombré eyeshadow, which features a gradient of hues from the inner to outer lids that leaves you with a dimensional and playful look.

Product pick: Reach for the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Pocket Palette Eyeshadow in Violet Amour. This palette comes equipped with rosy pink and violet shades that can be blended into a beautiful ombré.


Why we love it: It’s a duo that gives your beauty look a classic yet feminine touch that’s always in style. Not to mention, it can transition from day to night with ease.

Product pick: Swipe your pout with the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Matte-Ly In Love. It’s a true red shade that offers rich, lasting color and intense hydration.


Why we love it: Instead of having to choose between your two favorite nail colors, this mani allows you to rock both shades. The two polishes are worn side-by-side, split down the center of your nail. As for the eyeshadow version, it features two coordinating shades—a light hue on the lid and a dark shadow along the crease—that adds depth and dimension to your eyes.

Product pick: Grab the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude in Nude Intense, which features a range of light to dark shades that will flatter all skin tones. Using a fluffy eyeshadow brush, dust the light pink shade all over your lid. Follow up by applying the dark purple shade in your crease, making sure to blend until even.

Next up: If you’ve become fond of color coordinating your beauty looks, check out our article, How To Match Your Lip Liner and Lipstick, to get some pointers.

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