Q&A Monday

For all your beauty advice…

Good morning and Happy Monday. I hope everyone had a great weekend. I got some great questions sent to me for this week’s Q&A Monday. Read on about nail polish decisions, my opinions on French mani’s, and black nail polish.

Dear Brooke, This may seem like a stupid question, but I’m stumped! I am wearing a brown dress to an event and, in planning my outfit, I can’t figure out what color nail polish to wear. Help! Shay S.

Dear Shay, This is not a stupid question…I actually get asked this question a lot when it comes to a dress that’s not basic black. I’m a planner with my outfits, too, and it’s obvious you are paying attention to all details. Keep in mind that brown is a neutral color and most nail polish colors are going to complement it nicely. When I wear brown, I like to polish my nails with a bronze nail color; it goes well with brown, but it’s not too matchy-matchy. Red is another good choice since brown is neutral, a red nail polish is a nice contrast. When in doubt, go with a French manicure, it will go with any color outfit.

…and speaking of French mani’s…

Dear Brooke, I don’t have a question for you this week, but I do want your opinion. I love the way fingernails look when they have a nice French manicure done, but I can’t stand the way toes look with it! What’s the deal? I don’t understand why people want to make their toenails look like they’re long. It’s just ugly and kind of creeps me out. What’s your take on that? Am I just weird? Sandy F.

Dear Sandy, Thanks for the question. I’m always willing to give my opinion right along with my advice. First of all, I don’t think you’re weird. Some people just don’t like the look of French manicures on feet. Feet don’t freak  me out; I’ve seen it all when it comes to feet. I’ve heard differing opinions on whether or not toes should get a French manicure. If it’s done right, my opinion is, I like it. I think it looks fresh and classic and it goes with anything…if it’s done right. Mastering a French mani can be challenging. Personally, I never learned how to do it just right. I had a French manicure done on my toes once and the person wasn’t very good at it, so it looked bad. The good thing about it: it’s nail polish. If you hate the way it looks, it can be removed fast and you can start over. Thanks for asking my opinion!

…nails seemed to be the theme of the questions this week…

Dear Brooke, I love black nail polish! I wear it on my toes a lot because it’s not visible when I work. My question is, can I wear black nail polish in the office? I work for a major corporation in administration, but I just don’t know if I can pull it off at work. Kathy M.

Dear Kathy, I think black nail polish can be fun, but I also question it in the office. Bold, dark nail polish colors are all the rage, but I’ve never understood the appeal to black. My opinions aside on this, I would suggest a few things. Most important, if you’re worried you’re going to get in trouble, check your company guidelines with dress code. If it doesn’t say anything about staying away from black nail polish, then give it a try. If you do go for it, remember to keep your nails at a normal length, shorter is better with this color polish, and keep them protected from chips with a good top coat. I think you’ll be able to pull this off as long as your nails look clean and the polish isn’t chipping. Keep the polish with you for touch ups, or keep polish remover with you if they start looking unkempt.

Once again, thank you for your questions this week! Email your questions for Q&A Monday at brookeknowsbeauty@hotmail.com

You’ve Been Beautified!

3 thoughts on “Q&A Monday

  1. ooooo! These were good questions! I am starting to see the frechie on toes as played out, and brown is hard to match! and when i was a 16 year old kid i got sent home from the restaurant i worked at for wearing black nail polish, and so badly I want to do it now as an adult (my toes are permanently black too!) great answers! what would we do withhoutcha!

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