Michelle Obama tries the neon trend with a splash of bright nail polish

First lady Michelle Obama tried the neon trend with a splash of bright toe nail polish while on her Christmas vacation, fashion mavens have noted. Her “simple black and white ensemble was contrasted with a bright neon pedicure, which she showed off on Christmas Day while visiting a military base with President Barack Obama in Hawaii,” reports Yahoo! Lifestyle.

Although the first lady paired this pop of color with a neutral color-blocked shift, it took a few days for style watchers to notice the bright yellow worn adornment. In the last few hours, though, the fashion media has grasped onto the story and run with it, noting that Mrs. Obama’s choice is a simple way for more conservative dressers to experiment with shocking hues.

“With relatively strict codes of conservatism for Mrs Obama’s wardrobe, it seems an alternatively-coloured manicure (or in this instance, pedicure) is the most cost-effective and subtle way to have a bit of fun with her looks,” a daily news outlet opines. “Over the past year, there has been a huge surge of interest in nail polish and nail art, which has never been more fashionable, something the First Lady has clearly taken note of.”

Indeed, Mrs. Obama made as big a splash during the 2012 Democratic National Convention in September with her distinctive grey manicure as she did with her show-stopping Tracy Reese dress. Beauty enthusiasts went into a tizzy trying to discover the brand and exact color until the White House satiated their style desires by releasing that she wore Artistic Nail Design’s Vogue shade.

Will you be joining the fun and experimenting with your nail color? Research shows that recent nail polish purchases are up 54 percent, an increase that shows even everyday women are using this beauty tool to go glam with minimal effort or financial commitment. Check out these nail polish trends and tell us: Will you be adopting an alternative look for your fingers (or toes) like the first lady?

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