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Beauty Etiquetter: The Unspoken Rules Of Neon Nails At Work


Beauty Etiquetter is a new column on Beauty Counter in which we address your beauty protocol predicaments with candid advice from industry experts and those in-the-know. To submit a question, email celia

The Quandary: In today’s world of anything-goes nail lacquers, are neons acceptable at work or better left to the weekends?

The Expert in Residence: Jin Soon Choi of Jin Soon Hand and Foot Spas in New York

The Advice: “It depends on the type of work you do. If you work in a formal setting, such as a conservative law firm, you may not even be allowed to use those shocking colors on your nails because they might be in violation of the dress code, whether written or not. If you work in a less formal setting, I would suggest moving toward a pink neon versus yellow, green, and blue neon polish. People are more familiar with pink colors for nails, so it is not such a big aesthetic leap to enhance a classic color to its neon version. In general, I recommend testing out bright polishes on casual Friday or right before you leave for vacation while wearing your cute, colorful summer dress so it looks like a part of your outfit. It’s also important to wear neon nails with clothing that has more pattern and color to it. This way, a glaring contrast between what you’re wearing and your nails can be avoided in any setting.”

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