Studies have shown that women who wear nail polish are perceived to be younger than they actually are. But before you go grabbing the first bottle of polish you see, know this: Some shades can draw attention to signs of aging on your hands; others can have the opposite effect, making your hands look younger in seconds.
You may think delicate shades like nudes or sheer pinks would do the trick, but as it turns out, because natural hues are close in tone to the shade of your skin, they only allow eyes to skip right over your nails, and highlight your hands’ problem areas (think: veins, wrinkles and uneven tone) instead. However, if you’re looking to keep the attention on your nails, not your hands, think the total opposite.
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“For younger-looking hands, orange or peach-based hues work best,” says Colette Keenan, butter LONDON national field manager, adding that shades with orange undertones, such as reds or corals, draw attention away from any signs of aging. “Issues such as hyperpigmentation or discoloration will appear less noticeable and the orange undertone will help bring out your skin’s natural glow.” To keep your hands looking youthful even without any polish, essie manicurist Michelle Saunders says it’s always a good idea to wear sunscreen on the tops of your hands. “You add sunscreen to your face every day for sun protection and wrinkle reduction; you should be doing the same for your hands.”
For a shine that won’t quit, try butter LONDON Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquer in Smashing! ($18). Or for long-lasting pigment that rivals your professional gel manicure, try essie’s two-step Gel Couture color in Sizzling Hot ($11.50) or On the List ($11.50) for a coral vibe on your tips.
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