How do you pick your pedi color?

by Emily R | 28 Comments

Do you have rhyme and reason, decide by season, or let a color strike you in the moment? As long as you’re happy, there’s no wrong way to choose.

We’ve learned over the years that there are different methods by which ladies pick their polish. Today we’re decoding a few of them.

Match to your skin tone. If you aren’t sure whether your skin is warm or cool, here’s a quick way to tell:

  • – Look at your wrist in natural light.
  • – Veins appear blue = cool skin tone
  • – Veins appear green = warm skin tone
  • – If you can’t determine if they’re blue or green, you may have a neutral skin tone. Neutral = you can wear anything. Lucky!

The golden rule is warm skin = warm colors (yellow based) and cool skin = cool colors (blue-based). A lot of people may not realize that colors come in both warm and cool tones (eg: warm red vs cool red). Fortunately, there are tons of great color resources online if you’re eager to figure out which shade of sunshine yellow won’t make your glorious skin look green.

Coordinate with your fingernails. Looking around in yoga (we have yoga here in the Julep office. BEST PLACE EVER, but I digress), we see a lot of ladies who choose a color and wear a lighter version on their fingernails and a darker shade on their toes. For example, the cotton candy of Carrie, and the fab fuschia of Drew.

There are also neutral fingernails giving way to wild toes. Ever-stylish Kennedy on fingers paves the way for Ally’s electric peep-toe pop. It’s an unexpected and captivating combo. And we’re in full support of this bold look.

Stay Seasonal/trendy. In our Julep Maven program the gal who stays up-to-the minute with color trends usually qualifies as an It Girl. We do our best here at Julep to keep current with color just for her. When Pantone declared emerald the “Color of the Year,” we released The Emerald Collection. Sorry, it’s now out of stock. Just as neons were making their way on to every surface from head to foot, we released The Brights Collection—non-toxic neons, oh hayyy!—again, out of stock. On trend colors…when they’re gone, they’re gone. And the It Girls are on to something else.

Always wear the same color. “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.”  Some colors never, ever, ever go out of season or style. Those classic colors usually look great with everything. If you’ve found your favorite and you’re sticking to it: bravo! Some Julep perennial bestsellers include the universally adored red January, a dreamy driftwood neutral Alaina, and Coco the oxblood crème.

Thing is, even traditionalists have their moods, so if someday your favorite color isn’t doing it for you anymore, fret not. We’ll always be here to polish you out of a rut.

Got a color combo that makes you happy? Let us know in the comments!