Found: The 12 Best Red Nail Polishes Money Can Buy
Red is perhaps the most iconic colour when it comes to beauty. Whether it be red nails, red lipstick, or a deep rouge blush, almost every truly classic beauty product (aside from perhaps black mascara or eyeliner) is a vivid shade of ruby, or crimson, or scarlet. That, I presume, is due to the fact that red itself is a colour that connotes power, vivacity, and confidence. It's bold; it's strong; it's unapologetic. Could that be the underlying reason why we love painting our nails all shades of red, from fiery orange to rich merlot? We can't know for sure. The only thing we can be positive about is that red nails will never go out of style, which is why we'll pay homage to beauty's boldest, most timeless colour by adorning our nails with any of the 12 red lacquers, below.
Smith & Cult Nail Color in The Message ($18)
Smith & Cult never fails to release the most alluring nail colors (Tang Bang is the coolest burnt-orange shade that I haven't stopped loving since I first laid eyes on it). The above shade in question is called The Message. It's a rich garnet color complete with a shimmery gold undertone. It's the nail polish equivalent of a vintage bottle of Bordeaux red wine.
Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Polish ($18)
Marc Jacobs is another brand that always hits the nail on the head when it comes to polish shades. This variation is a dark blood-red shade that's equal parts chic and edgy. (What can we say? We love nothing more than a dark manicure in the winter.)
Deborah Lippmann's Footloose Nail Polish is a bright, cherry red—one that's reminiscent of Sandra Dee in Grease (you know, at the end of the movie when she ditches her varsity sweater and ponytail for a leather crop top and big pinned curls?). It's a lively and iconic shade and one that will never go out of style.