Women love fake nails. That is just a fact of the modern world. I never used to have any until my husband decided to treat me to them one day. Little did he know that he would be unleashing a never-ending beast. I love my nails, and I’m sure you love yours as well. The problem is taking that love into the workplace, as some places do not like their employees to have elaborate nails in the office. If you work in an environment that frowns upon the use of fake nails, you need to figure out how to get what you want without pissing off your employer. Here are some tips to help you do just that.
Colors That Are Appropriate for Work
In most cases, you cannot go wrong with a simple white tip. I know that may be a little boring, but it will allow you to get fake nails without any complaints from your employer. If you want to jazz up the white tips a bit, you could always get something with a hint of glitter in it, depending on where you work. Most people won’t be able to see that from a distance, but you will know it is there.
Aside from white, you may also get away with wearing a neutral color, like light pink or peach. Some employers also will not mind a common nail color, like red or burgundy. This will depend on the employer though, so you need to ask before you do anything. The last thing you need is to spend $50 on a manicure that you have to get reversed the next day. This is easy to do if you paint your nails, but it sucks if you get powder colors like I do. Keep this in mind as you go about selecting your nail colors.
Colors That Are Not Appropriate for Work
In most instances, bright colors do not work well for the office. They are just too distracting, and they look unprofessional. You may be really tempted to get lime green on one hand and magenta on the other, but you have to avoid doing that for work. You need to focus instead on getting a color that is going to pull the focus away from your nails. You can still have pretty nails without bright colors. They just won’t stand out as much.
Dark colors like black or blood read can sometimes be a problem for employers. This all depends on where you work though, as some places will not care if you come in with dark brown nails on your fingers. You could always ask if you could get a certain color as a subtle line under a white tip because a lot of employers will budge on that. As long as the majority of your nail is white, you should be able to remain professional looking without giving up your personal sense of style.
The Alternative Option
If you cannot see yourself living without bright colors and spunky patterns, get a pedicure that shows off your wild side. You can wear peep toe shoes to work so people can still see your pedicure, but at least this way you will not have all eyes on your nails. If you sit behind a desk all day, your boss may never know about your secret nail colors down below. You will know though, and so will the other people that you talk to for extended periods of time. You can have the best of both worlds if you are willing to compromise. You just have to think creatively.