Before your next over-the-top mani, read what this writer has to say about the trend.
And, after doing an informal poll at a recent party, my suspicions that men don't even notice nails were confirmed. Great skin, pretty lipstick and long hair were among the beauty elements they named likely to add to a female's attractiveness. Not that the promise of wooing dudes is why women indulge in even half the beauty rituals they do—nor should it be. Nearly all my professional female friends say they get manicures to feel more pulled-together personally. "If my nails are done, then I feel in control" was the refrain I heard again and again.
I get it. I never leave the house without applying a swoosh of blush and brushing up my eyebrows. But there's a "trying too hard" element to perfectly polished nails that puts me off. Ever notice how some of the world's most effortlessly fashionable women—including Sarah Jessica Parker, Sofia Coppola and Charlotte Gainsbourg—more often than not sport short, unpolished nails, even to public events? Looking too spruced up, in my mind, always looks a little wrong.
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