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Much ado about pink nail polish

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Pink polish just may be the pick-me-up you need for a fresh, youthful look on you nails.
Pink polish just may be the pick-me-up you need for a fresh, youthful look on you nails.

Pink hues from powdery pastels to bold fuchsias dominate my nail polish drawer.

Oh, sure, a few red and orange shades, along with several bottles of metallic gold from last year’s infatuation are in the mix,  but mostly it’s a wash of pink.

First reason for so much pink: It doesn’t show the wear and tear as much as a darker shade. Chipped polish is a serious pet peeve. First sign of a noticeable chip and I reach for nail polish remover. Even longer-wearing gel manicures, which I favor for vacations and those times when I know my nails will get a workout, can chip. They also show growth around the cuticles if you push your manicure appointment, but that’s easier to deal with than a chip. At least for me.

Reason No. 2: Makeup artists agree that pink lipstick is luminescent and gives shine and lightness around the mouth. They say dark lipsticks can be aging and seep into fine lines around your lips. Of course, this pertains mostly to those of us of a certain age.

I figure if pink adds a youthful glow to your lips and face, maybe it has the same effect for nails and hands.

Anyway, blame all this chatter about nail polish on Essie and Sally Hansen. Essie recently picked Ballet Slippers, a classic pale pink hue that launched in 1982, as one of its top colors this year. By 2012, 40 bottles of Ballet Slippers were being sold in the U.S. every hour.

I was letting that soak in when I came across an InStyle tidbit about Sally Hansen’s Miracle Gel in Terra-Coppa, a best-seller since its launch in 2014. Reportedly more than 32 million bottles have been sold of the bronze shimmer. One bottle is sold every two minutes in the United States and it is estimated some 10 percent of the U.S. population owns a bottle.

No surprise, it’s missing from my nail polish drawer. But it might find a place there as an option for my toes. Anything goes on toes!

Linda Miller

Linda Miller always has loved makeup and fashion, especially shoes and handbags. She admits to owning more lipsticks and glosses than many makeup artists, but she's not giving up a single tube. When she got the opportunity to move from... Read more ›

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