Matching your lipstick to your nails has long since been considered gauche and out-of-date--sort of like that old cliche style "rule" about matching your handbag to your shoes. But as old-fashioned as it sounds, matchy-matchy nails and lips are actually having a big moment right now, here in 2013. Look no further than the recent ad campaigns for CoverGirl, Revlon, Michael Kors and Dior, or paparazzi shots of Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Lana Del Rey for proof.
Click through to see how you can try the trend.
RED Lips: NARS Semi-Matte Lipstick in “Jungle Red,” $26. Nails: NARS Opaque Nail Polish in “Jungle Red,” $19. This deep, dark red by NARS is completely classic. And if you decide to opt for similar colors in your outfit, avoid over-the-top monochrome. “The trick is to not to choose shades that match your outfit, but instead pick a contrasting color,” says NARS lead makeup stylist Janice Daoud. “A darker or lighter shade would create an ombre effect which is a current, trendy way to wear your lipstick and polish. Keeping your outfit and makeup simple, like a bareface with muted clothing, also looks great with jewel-tone lipstick and polishes.”
PLUM Lips: By Terry Hyaluronic Sheer Rouge Hydra-Balm in “Dragon Pink,” $35. Nails: By Terry Nail Laque Terrybly Lacquer in “Moving Mauve,” $30. If you like the idea of bold color, but are a little terrified it could go awry, these By Terry nail and lip shades are a great compromise. “Colors that are in for fall, like deep cherry and plum, could be too much for a gloss-only girl, so try a sheer color on lips and the color full-on for the nails,” says nail artist Julie Kandalec.
BRONZE/GOLD Lips: Estée Lauder Pure Color Vivid Shine Lipstick in “Burnished Bronze,” $26 Nails: Estée Lauder Pure Color Vivid Shine Nail Lacquer in “Rose Gold,” $20 These new, bronze-gold metallic lip and nail colors from Estee Lauder glide on oh-so smooth—especially the glimmering lipstick, which tastes like vanilla. They’re a little bit “falling leaves” a little bit “apple cider,” and totally autumn-appropriate.
FUCHSIA Lips: Michael Kors SEXY Lip Lacquer in “Bombshell,” $24. Nails: Michael Kors SEXY Nail Lacquer in “Scandal,” $18. Everyone’s been buzzing about Michael Kors’ foray into beauty. You’ll definitely want all three of his new collections, but if you can only buy one, we’d suggest selecting his “sexy” line featuring a range of fuchsia products.
BABY PINK Lips: Tom Ford Lip Color in “Spanish Pink,” $49. Nails: Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in “Pink Crush,” $32. Matching your lips to your nails is made simple if you opt for an essential light pink shade—one you’ve probably had in your make-up cabinet for years. If you haven’t developed a favorite yet, let us suggest Tom Ford, who makes the highest quality baby pink lipstick-and-polish complement you’ll ever find.
DARK PURPLE Lips: Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in “Shame,” $22. Nails: Urban Decay Nail Color in “Vice,” $15. With dark and stormy weather about to roll in for fall, there couldn’t be a better time to pick up dramatic plum-purple lip and nail colors—Urban Decay has just that with its “Shame” lipstick and “Vice” nail color. For a big event or evening out, it’s very Lana Del Rey.
NUDE Lips: MAC Lipstick in “Myth,” $15. Nails: MAC Nail Lacquer in “Myth,” $16. Even if you’re normally opposed to color on your lips or nails, you can work this trend with a great nude shade, which Kandalec highly recommends because it looks good on every skin tone. And don’t worry, as long as your outfit isn’t matchy-matchy, you can’t get this one wrong. “With your nails being further away from your face, you can have the same shade on both and not look like a bridesmaid,” says Kandalec.
PEACHY CORAL Lips: Dior Addict Lipstick in “Jet Set,” $31 Nails: Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer in “Diorissime,” $24 If you prefer things nearly natural, but want a bit of color to brighten up pale autumn skin, a peachy-coral lipstick and matching nail color will do the trick. Dior’s sheer “Addict” formula is simple enough for everyday, and the nail lacquer is a nice way to jazz up a somber, cool-weather outfit.