Stephanie's Really, Truly Red Nail Polish

We've talked a lot about the death (or continuing lifespan?) of nail art, but no matter -- as someone who's never indulged, I'm just happy to paint it red this New Year's.
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We've talked a lot about the death (or continuing lifespan?) of nail art, but no matter -- as someone who's never indulged, I'm just happy to paint it red this New Year's.
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We've talked a lot about the death (or continuing lifespan?) of nail art, but no matter -- as someone who's never indulged, I'm just happy to paint it red this New Year's.

Not orange red, blood red, but true red. Something along the lines of what Daria Werbowy is wearing in the fall Céline ads, though I could do without the elongated and pointy dagger shape (short and square, guys, short and square).

Enter Guy Bourdin from Nars. Specifically, the nail lacquer in Tomorrow's Red. The shade is such an unapologetic crimson, it looks like something straight out of the great photographer's provocative prints (mission accomplished, Nars). Or, if you want to keep talking references, please see Jennifer Lawrence's nails in American Hustle. They're the same delightfully cherry hue, with a high-shine top coat and a throwback glamorous appeal from an age when women wore long mink coats and got ferried around in Cadillacs.

So as amusing as acrylic snowflakes and bow ties may be, I'm happy to go with a single-hued manicure for now. At the very least, it'll get me through the last, great party of the year, for which I will be decked out in something like this.

Nars Guy Bourdin Holiday collection nail polish in Tomorrow's Red, $19, available at Sephora.

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