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December 23, 2013

Kick-Start Your Beauty Routine

Our editors will try anything once. Follow their lead and shake up your fitness regimen, manicure, hairstyle, or makeup.

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Eli Schmidt

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GOAL: Mani Up

ROAD TEST: A very glam executive once told me the trick to looking stylish at work is a kick-ass manicure. Her theory: Even if you slack off on hair and makeup, no one will notice because they'll be looking at your fingertips. This year, I plan to follow her advice. Taking my cue from stars like Rihanna who have made long nails ubiquitous, I decide to go all out. Manicurist Jessica Tong hooks me up with inch-long gel tips (Calgel, shade #CG18) finished with white moons. These nails mean business—but certainly not one that involves keyboards. At the office, it takes me twice as long to type an e-mail, and 10 minutes after I sit down, a coworker comes by to tell me he can hear me typing from his cubicle 25 feet away. By the end of the day, I have a long list of tasks made more difficult by my talons (opening packages, texting, turning pages) and a short list of things made easier (pointing).

VERDICT: Nail art may help you look fab on the job, but unless said job is holding a microphone, keep your tips short. —Jennifer Goldstein


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