Google Image search Olivia Palermo and you’ll notice a few common themes amongst the results. One: She has a sense of style so innate it’s obvious even when she’s doing unglamorous things like schlepping shopping bags or walking the dog; Two: Palermo and her husband are potentially the most attractive couple to ever live; and Three: This style icon really only wears two different colours on her nails. While Palermo does occasionally flirt with a shade outside her comfort zone (see: A recent dalliance with ocean blue digits, pic below), you’ll rarely see her sway from signature red. That said, she is known to dabble in another classic from time to time: Deep burgundy.
Palermo’s go-to shade for all seasons: Candy apple red.
The style icon sticks with her fail-safe shade even when on the red carpet.
For a change of pace, a dark polish with purple undertones adds instant drama.
Palermo recently went off script with this spring-appropriate pale blue shade.
So what’s with all the red you ask? Well, apart from being her mother’s go-to shade, Palermo has proven time and time again that her fascination with the entire spectrum of red polish—from Cherry Coke to fire engine—is down to it’s ability to always look timeless. The perfect lacquer shade year-round, it’s most exceptional trait is the way in which it can blend in when worn with a statement outfit, but stand out when needed. (For confirmation, look no further than Palermo’s off-duty beauty style.)
If you’re keen to emulate Palermo’s mani style there’s one thing to keep in mind—red is not the easiest shade to wear if you’re prone to chips. Queen P has her nails professionally done every four to five days, but if that’s not feasible for you we suggest investing in a quality top coat like CND’s Super Shiney and applying it every other day to boost wear.