My thing with polish is that I can't wear the same colour on both hands; I'll do it if I really adore a colour/am too lazy to pick two colours, but even then I end up freaking out and changing one hand. I've had a few screwups here and there though when I've picked colours that just. don't. go.
PS: Please, please, please; for your own sake, don't do that thing where you alternate colours on a single hand, as in, your thumb one colour, your index another colour, cont'd - you'll look like you're in second grade, trust me.
Here are some to start you off:
- Deborah Lipmann Across the Universe, Deborah Lipmann Boom Boom Pow, NARS Dovima
- AtU and BBP have relatively the same sized glitter/consistency, so you won't be left with uneven glitter from nail to nail.
- BBP and Dovima are indeed different finishes (Dovima is a creme), but hear me out. This is a great holiday look, you wouldn't think it but a saturated, glossy red is a great counterpart to a gold-encrusted nail.
- On the left: China Glaze Up in the Air, OPI You Don't Know Jacques
- One of my current favourite combinations, these are both dusty, earthy colours that just go soooo beautifully together. UitA stands out more than YDKJ but not so much that you completely miss the other hand.
- On the right: OPI Green-wich Village, OPI Dating a Royal
- My very first colour combination! They are the exact same combination of vibrance, creme and jelly, regardless of how many coats you layer; these two have forever instilled within me a love of blue/green/blue+green nail polish.
- Chanel Orange Fizz, Chanel Nouvelle Vague
- These are perhaps the most contrasting colours (according to our handy-dandy colour wheel) but what makes them work even more is that they are both pastels; thick, creme polishes with the same amount of shimmer (almost none unless you hold your hand out beneath direct sunlight). Great summer combination!