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Red Nails

Updated on January 27, 2015

Classic Sexy Red Nails

Red nails have been worn by some of the most glamorous and gorgeous bombshells who have graced our screens, such as Marilyn Monroe and Rita Hayworth.

There is really something about red nail polish which excites and stimulates. Red Nails are sexy, elegant, and timeless and able to completely stop traffic.

I have put together a collection of the of the most fabulous red nail lacquers ever created and how to wear them. Along your journey you will also learn a thing or two about nail polish and it's humble beginnings.

So next time you are wearing your red nails, use the power of red and command their attention. Everyone will be putty in your hands. 

Photo Credit: Photo Purchased from Fotolia - Pretty woman © Alina Cardiae

OPI's Best Selling Red Nail Polish - 5 of OPI's Best REDS

History of Nail Polish

Did you Know that Nail Polish dates back to 5,000 BC?

Fast Facts about Nail Polish

  • Cleopatra and Nefertiti were probably one of the first women ever to wear red nails.
  • Nail lacquer was invented by Michelle Ménard
  • Revlon changed the formula to make it better in the 1930s
  • The moon manicure was the hot look in the 30's.
  • Rita Hayworth was famous for her sexy red nails. Which set red nails on fire in the 50's.

NARS Nail Polish - Jungle Red

NARS Opaque Nail Polish, Jungle Red
NARS Opaque Nail Polish, Jungle Red

One of the best reds for the year!


Red Nails & Skin Tone

Choosing the right RED nail polish.

Fair skin tone

Red with pink undertones will look fabulous on light skin. Try light berries or deep berries, or plums. Avoid lavendars, bight purples and yellow based colors.

Medium to Olive skin tone

Gold really plays well with olive shades. So try any of the lighter pink red with gold flecks. Orange based reds and and burgandies will also look fabulous on a medium skin tone. Avoid Berries.

Dark skin tone

Virtually everything looks awesome with a dark skin tone. Definitely try bright and vibrant shades, as they will make your skin really glow. Vibrant Reds, rich browns, creams and plums will also look fantastic. Avoid colors which may look chalky against your skin.

Half Moon Manicure

Half Moon Manicure
Half Moon Manicure

Photo: Lauren Conrad Half Moon Manicure The Beauty Department

Half Moon Manicure

Updated 1930s Moon Manicure

Think French Manicure but in reverse.

  1. Begin by applying 1 coat of the base color of your choice.
  2. Let the polish completely dry. (about 30 minutes) Once polish is completely dry.
  3. Take the reinforcement stickers and apply to each nail like shown in the picture.
  4. Next paint the exposed part of your nail with your next color. Allow to dry.
  5. Pull off stickers, but make sure your nails are dry or you will have to start all over again.
  6. Top with a Clear coat.

Remember you can use just about any color combinations. Experiment and have fun!

Want your manicure to last longer?

Gel Nails are your answer ... Lasts 2 Weeks!

DIY Gel Nails - Video Tutorial

Thermal Spa 49135 Professional U/V Gel Light Nail Dryer

Thermal Spa UV Auto Gel Light Nail Dryer
Thermal Spa UV Auto Gel Light Nail Dryer

The UV Gel Light Nail Dryer is a must for any gel nail polishes. Gel Polish is the rage due to the fact that your polish will stay on for two full weeks. This dryer is packed with 45 watts of power to dry your gel coat super fast.


Red Nails which last 2 Weeks - Gel Nail Polish

Are you tired of chipped nails. You spend all that time painting your nails and letting them dry to find yourself with a chipped nail within hours. Gel nails are the solution.

Did you know that Gel Nails actually last 2 weeks or long. Your color will stay on and look fabulous for weeks. These gel kits make it so easy that you can do it from the comfort of your own home. No more expensive salon visits.

All Season No Lite Gel Kit
All Season No Lite Gel Kit

This is a great product for a DIY Manicure without a UV Light. Use the All Season No Lite Gel Kit to strengthen your natural nail and keep them long and beautiful without breaking.


All Season No Lite Gel Kit

Do your natural nails break just when they are starting to look great? Then this is the kit for you.

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Red Nails are just so classic and sexy. A timeless appeal which is never dated and always cool!

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      Gsusie 5 years ago

      great ideas!