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Shorter nails with darker colors - is it only for the younger ladies or is it for all ages?

Started 1287848420.46 in Beauty Banter | Last reply 1288127071.973 by expatgal

What are your opinions? 1) is it only for the younger (under 40?) or 2) is it seen more in certain areas of the country? I always enjoy reading the responses here to posts about trends and looks and seeing the differences in ages and parts of the USA.

A look, such as Holly's, who is so beautiful and stylish, is what I want to try. But I'm older than Holly ( or what I perceive her approx. age to be - maybe mid or late 30's?) I don't have a stylish job or lifestyle.

I know a lot of people will say to do what ever makes you comfortable. But I want to know what the opinions are of the ladies here. Do you see the newer trendy nail looks on all ages and all workplaces where you are or only the young?

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jackthebear1287848577.7175871 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

as long as you keep the dark colors on short nails, it is great,

darker colors can show chipping sooner, so they are harder to maintain,

try it,

CarolynFro­mLongIsland1287848618.422682 PostsRegistered 10/12/2006

It is for everyone - style has no age. It is a temporary look you could try out to see if you like it - if you don't it only costs a bottle of nail polish remover - GO FOR IT!

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brii1287848657.38724191 PostsRegistered 7/14/2008

I think dark colors look best on short nails. It's not for the very young.

irishwoman1287848815.922168 PostsRegistered 3/23/2006

well, i dont know?

but, i will say, ive seen this look on older women in soaps such as days!

myself, no, o dont do that..

i read somewere the other day about more mature women should wear like a soft pink nail color, as it looks better than trying to hard to look younger..

also,light pink lipgloss, that too will males us appear more youthful..but hay...

ive seen this look on women older than me, and iam 63!

true,i dont want to compet with my grandaughter!

i just stay more natural..

bren

griggy1287849850.713111 PostsRegistered 10/9/2010

I'm in my mid 30s and I think the look is great on all ages. I recently saw this look on an elegant woman in her late 60s and she looked fantastic. I think it has a lot to do with self confidence and attitude. I say go for it!

Jayro1287851749.1431949 PostsRegistered 11/29/2008

Thanks, everyone! I'm trying Parlez Vous OPI today.

Magenta04081287851861.383460 PostsRegistered 2/14/2009

ALL AGES!!!!!


Margo Chan­ning1287852988.76313382 PostsRegistered 11/29/2007

I think it looks best on SHORT nails, regardless of age. If nails are long AND dark, I immediately think MORTICIA ADAMS.

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bruingirl1287853148.1936918 PostsRegistered 8/3/2006Los Angeles, CA

I think it's ok for all ages. Dark nails look best on short nails. You'll never know if you like it on yourself until you try it. You can always take a baby step and do dark colors on your toes...that'll get you started and then you can move on to your nails.

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Skylands1287853490.4876342 PostsRegistered 5/30/2010
On 10/23/2010 Jayro said:

What are your opinions? 1) is it only for the younger (under 40?) or 2) is it seen more in certain areas of the country? I always enjoy reading the responses here to posts about trends and looks and seeing the differences in ages and parts of the USA.

A look, such as Holly's, who is so beautiful and stylish, is what I want to try. But I'm older than Holly ( or what I perceive her approx. age to be - maybe mid or late 30's?) I don't have a stylish job or lifestyle.

I know a lot of people will say to do what ever makes you comfortable. But I want to know what the opinions are of the ladies here. Do you see the newer trendy nail looks on all ages and all workplaces where you are or only the young?

Really, does this matter? Do what you want. Shorter nails look good on everyone & especially with dark polish. Take a chance & try it, have fun!

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straitgirl1287853608.62721632 PostsRegistered 7/29/2006

Any age.

Introuble1287961369.07235 PostsRegistered 5/16/2010Ohio

Uh-oh! I'm going to go against popular opinion. I have to say I think dark nails look goulish on ANY nails - long or short, young or older. Someone explain to me what it is that everyone (except me!) thinks makes this such an attractive look. I just don't get it.{#emotions_dlg.confused1}

BackktoBru­nette1287961470.262224 PostsRegistered 10/7/2010a Jersey Girl in PA

Definitely all ages, and JMO, but I think that it looks up-to-date and more youthful.






















rudy1287961577.232299 PostsRegistered 1/8/2005

All ages.

Clover291287961599.96310635 PostsRegistered 1/19/2008

I think dark nails would only look ghoulish if the look were carried to an extreme, like gothy eye makeup, all black clothing, fishnets and stiletto ankle boots.

I'm wearing a very dark sparkly purple (on short nails), with casual capris and a T-shirt, and I don't see anything ghoulish about it.

lulu21287962122.5421458 PostsRegistered 8/1/2007

I'll be 60 in December and presently I have You Don't Know Jacques on my medium short nails. Darker colors are more flattering than pales on me.

make-up-lvr1287967440.73487 PostsRegistered 9/29/2010

I would say for everyone, it looks great.

shoesnbags1287968049.0773087 PostsRegistered 6/26/2007New Orleans

What does look awful IMO is dark polish on long nails. I've only seen this on older women (my age group) and it is SO aging. My nails are naturally strong and can easily grow long. But for darker polish I file them shorter. Personally, I stay far away from black and blackish purples, but I can admire those colors on others with different skin tones. Lately I've been enjoying gray shades - up to date, but not too dark.

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midnight1287968174.993358 PostsRegistered 9/3/2006

Any age, I am over 50 and have been wearing dark short nails for years.

SharonKay1287968181.2433795 PostsRegistered 3/16/2008Ohio

Love it on short nails at any age. Glad to see you are going to give a shot. I say give it a day or so to see if you can get used to it. It is a bit of a shock at first - LOL.

Also, if you find you don't care for the color you've chosen, maybe give another dark color a try. Sometimes a particular color just isn't flattering with your skin tone.

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Ranchergal1287968293.914281 PostsRegistered 6/13/2007

Dark colors are definitely for short nails regardless of age.

Nascarfan481287969345.5571525 PostsRegistered 9/6/2009

Any age. In fact, the other day someone posted a link to a Redbook article that had tips to look younger. One of the tips was to have shorter nails.

glorybe1287973541.3972700 PostsRegistered 9/25/2007

I didn't see the Redbook article but kinda figured this out on my own. Short nails work so much better for me as I am on the computer a lot and longer nails bug me when typing.

Just looks more current to me...........I see a lot of ladies in my age group (60s) who have those long nails that I used to have and wearing extremely bright polish, looks garish to me. I just think that shorter would look soooooo much better.JMHO


lovesrecess1287973685.47313776 PostsRegistered 7/14/2008Texas

I have very short fingers and I think the darker polish just makes my fingers look even shorter; I do like short nails though; have never been into the acrylics and dagger-like nails I have seen on women of all ages.

ArmyWife1011287974195.547528 PostsRegistered 8/1/2010

Do what makes you feel good...I see nothing wrong with it. If you like it that is all that matters.

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