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What Does Your Accent Nail Say About You?

By Margaret Fisher / September 2, 2014

 
I'm an extreme proponent of the accent nail. Everyone needs one. When you can't decide on a piece of jewelry to wear, you need at least one super sparkly or fun nail to act as your accessory. And which nail you choose to steal the show says everything about you. There may only be five options but that doesn't mean deciding on one is easy. 
 

Thumb

Back in 2006, people began accenting their thumbnails and referring to them as “Blackberry bling,” because they were the nails everyone would be looking at while you spent all day long tapping away on your Blackberry Pearl. If you’re still on Team Blackberry (and couldn’t care less about the iPhone 6), perhaps choosing the thumb could be a fun throwback for you. Or if your hand gesture of choice is the thumbs up, this could be ideal.
 

Pointer

Coating your pointer finger nail in glitter is of course the perfect option if you spend all of your time pointing at stuff. I think it would be a nice choice for a teacher. I certainly could have appreciated teachers pointing at words on a dry erase board more if there was a little glitter involved. 
 

Middle

The middle finger is the natural choice to make if you're full of attitude or want to show your extreme rebellion through nail polish. It's also the best way to channel your inner Lindsay Lohan. If you're feeling really wild, you can Sharpie "fuck u" onto the nail to replicate LiLo's 2010 courtroom manicure. Choosing your middle finger may also just mean that you're a real fan of symmetry. 
 

Ring

This is the classic. If you don't have any bling to adorn your ring finger, a super shimmery accent nail is the next best (nay, better) thing. 
 

Pinky

I don't know; this one is just weird. Maybe it says you love pinky promises or daintily drinking tea. 
 
But in the end I hope you know that double the accent is even better than just one, and you can't go wrong with a nice ring and thumb combo. 
 
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