Matching manis and pedis

Friday, 15 June 2012

Kim Kardashian matching manicure and pedicureWho hasn’t tried to keep up with the Kardashians at some stage in their lives? We won’t admit it publicly, but I’m sure there were a few of us who ditched our second bottle of nail polish when they once famously commented that manicures and pedicures should always match.

Until now.

‘I think the matching thing is kind of, yawn – boring,’ manicurist Elle says. Here’s how the nail expert, who tends to the hands and feet of Jennifer Lopez, tries to convince us to ditch Kardashian perfection and opt for complementary colours instead:

It makes a statement
‘Nail polish is an accessory, a way to pop in another statement piece,’ says Elle, who loves taking inspiration from fashion designers like Missoni and Pucci. ‘Pair kelly green with petal pink and you’ve got Lilly Pulitzer.’

It’s nail-art lite
Experimenting with colour is a great alternative to the wilder forms of nail art. ‘I don’t want to see daisies on a 40-year-old woman in the office,’ says Elle. ‘But complementary colors looks great.’

It’s more sophisticated
So you want to wear electric purple or aqua blue polish to the office? Keep it on your toes and you can get away with more vibrant and wild colours, Elle says – then try a soft lilac or a soft milky blue on hands for an updated version of the ombré trend.

Elle does admit that there are some instances in which the Kardashians are (gasp) right. ‘If you’re wearing a pattern or a lot of accessories, it might be better to keep it more simple,’ Elle says. But if there’s one thing that should never match, it’s length. ‘Please, please, please keep them short. Long toenails will never be cute. Ever.’

Originally written by Catherine Q O’Neill, this article appeared on

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Megan Kakora has helped launch the websites of, and been the online editor for, some of South Africa’s biggest glossy magazines. She believes in less-is-more, except when it comes to her collection of nail polish colours.
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  1. me

    Next time I am going to be bold! and try this.

    6 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    I love to do darker colours on my nails and a usually a french pedi on my toes

    6 years ago •

  1. Claire Mitchell

    My mani’s and pedi’s never match. I like to leave my toes a plain colour like a light pink or peach. When it comes to my finger nails, I love to experiment with nail art, textures and different colours :)

    6 years ago •

  1. mika24

    I use the louder colours on my toes and stick to softer colours on my fingers. I prefer art on my toes

    6 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    This is interesting. I also often went for matching them. Maybe it is time to ditch that habbit.

    6 years ago •

  1. Tammy Dollie

    Long toenails look gross!!!!

    6 years ago •

  1. BeautyBloggess

    I don’t usually match them. I prefer something more wearable on my toes but chop and change the colour on my hands regularly – just depends on my mood, my outfits etc.

    7 years ago •

  1. Steenkamp

    I never match, like it a bit wild

    7 years ago •

  1. Debsie

    Matching Manis and Pedis might be boring, but I like it.

    7 years ago •

  1. Zu

    Its a nice article. I agree on almost aeverything, the colors should be appropriate on age , place, or occasion.

    7 years ago •

  1. Maria Meyer

    I tend to match my mani/pedi. For some reason it just looks nicer

    7 years ago •

  1. Charles

    I never use the same colour on fingers and toes. I’ve always felt that it’s a bit outdated. It’s a personal thing, I guess.

    7 years ago •

  1. Michelle Rademan

    I think nail art is fun an creative and not age related at all BUT just as long as it’s done on short(ish) nails!

    I usually do my toes in a shade that will go with most things as I find they last ages and therefore doesn’t need to be redone as often as your fingers.

    7 years ago •

  1. K@t

    Like the article says, personality dictates style, but it should be age appropriate.

    7 years ago •

  1. Botes

    I like art on my toes, matching it with my outfit and pretty sandals!!!! But no over the top art, foil and magnet art is my fav!!!!!

    7 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    couldnt agree more with Elle, I like the purple’s and blue’s on my toe nails they look great in those colours.

    7 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    I would not match manis and pedis as some colours that u put on your fingers look ridiculous on your toes believe me I have tried!

    7 years ago •

  1. julandism

    I think it all depends on your mood! If you are in a fun / crazy mood go for a neon, feeling sexy – shades of red, romantic – pinks and peachy pastels etc. I would however suggest that you keep the shades in the same colour family if you are going to a special event or something. :)

    7 years ago •

  1. diamond

    Great advice, i have always been a bit unsure of my colour mixing bcoz i prefer darker colours on my feet and lighter shades on my hands!

    7 years ago •

  1. anisha

    Colours must match but sometimes I do a french gel pedicure and dark scarlet nails. Chipped nail polish is a no no for me!

    7 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Stewart

    Right on! The colours don’t necessary have to be the same but it should at least be in the same colour family. And keep the darker shade for toes and lighter shade for fingers.

    7 years ago •

  1. The Ferosh 1

    Yes long toenails look ridiculous.i prefer wilds on my toes,and nudes on my fingers

    7 years ago •

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