Were you one of the many teenagers who used Tippex/White Out as nail polish? Thankfully that beauty craze was short-lived.

White nail polish has remained a beauty mainstay for the past several years for both summer and winter. In cooler months we tend to wear darker colours and a white shade of nail polish is the perfect way to add light to dull, winter days.

White nails are the perfect pairing for all occasions Рweekend to work to evening.  White looks particularly good on short nails and styles beautifully with ring stacking.

For women over 40, I recommend a few simple tips for wearing white nail polish:

  • Opt for simple nail manicures devoid of artistry
  • Always choose a good quality formula
  • Avoid dull/flat colours that look heavy on hands
  • Formulas with a hint of ivory or pink undertones are best for lighter tone skin
  • Formulas that are opaque in consistency with added shimmer or shine are most flattering
  • A flat top coat (as opposed to shiny) lends to a ‘winter white’ feel
  • As with all colours, ensure nails are filed and neat


Dior Vernis True Colour Ultra Shiny Long Wear in Optic White, $41, and OPI Infinite Shine in Alpine Snow $22.95,; Essie nail colour in Blanc $14.95,; Jinsoon nail lacquer in Kookie White $26,

Beauty Note: Yes, you can wear black nail polish over 40. Revisit my post at

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