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Old 11-06-2009, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque
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I recently have had the craving for dark nails. Not black or dark blue but like burgundy or dark purple. Sadly, I haven't taken good care of my hands and every time I paint my nails dark I feel bad. Immediately I want to take the polish off. If you are over 40 (or in your late 30s) do you wear dark nail polish? Have you put Retin A or retinol products on your hands and if so what have been your results?
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Old 11-06-2009, 06:13 PM
 
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Dark polish on an older woman is perfectly apporopriate. Especially in the color you mentioned-- dark purple or burgundy is very tasteful and appropriate.

It's the light colors no older woman can wear. And by older, I mean older than 16.
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Old 11-06-2009, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I really think on ANY age person, it depends on your nails, finger length, skin tone, etc.
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Old 11-06-2009, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque
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I feel the look is too harsh on my hands though. Aging rather than cool.
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Old 11-08-2009, 06:36 AM
 
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Try some olive oil with dead sea salt and neroli oil to scrub up some fresh skin. Add lemon rind to help fade any spotting and discoloring issues. Use a good lotion to keep the hands hydrated. Dry skin always looks older on anyone of any age.

What colors did you try and did not like?
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Old 11-08-2009, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Looking East and hoping!
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Why not start with subtler darker colors and work your way up?
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Old 11-08-2009, 10:08 AM
 
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I'm 36 & wear nothing but dark polishes! Pinky pale colors are just to docile for me I have pale pink skin & my hands look pretty good (I'm a skin care addict- sunscreen is very important!) I love the pop of dark colors against my skin tone. Right now I have matte black polish on but I vary from black to blue to plum (another one of my favorites) & I have a teal/peacock blue color that is TDF.

An alpha hydroxy lotion might help~
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Old 11-08-2009, 10:25 AM
 
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I don't like dark nails on anyone...I've always felt it looks too harsh. But I don't think a person's age is relevant.
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Old 11-08-2009, 01:56 PM
 
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This is a very timely post, as I was going to ask a similar question today!! What would be the classic, classy, color for an over 50 professional whose hands are average & nails are acrylic, rounded tip, shorter length? My style is edgy & my hair style even "edgier" (cropped very short/grey & white), but I am afraid that too dark will be aging. I'm not a fan of the french manicure look, square tips, long nails, stop-sign reds, pastels, or "teen" colors. What's left that will look fashionable & appropriate?
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Old 11-08-2009, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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This is a very timely post, as I was going to ask a similar question today!! What would be the classic, classy, color for an over 50 professional whose hands are average & nails are acrylic, rounded tip, shorter length? My style is edgy & my hair style even "edgier" (cropped very short/grey & white), but I am afraid that too dark will be aging. I'm not a fan of the french manicure look, square tips, long nails, stop-sign reds, pastels, or "teen" colors. What's left that will look fashionable & appropriate?
Gloves? LOL - j/k
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