I've had my short, natural nails for four years now, and I love them. Sure, they go through times when they look fabulous and times when I try to hide them. It took some time (probably 6 months) to get them strong after I took off my "pink and whites", but I swear by the Nailtiques line. They have a protein strengthener (Formula 2) that is fabulous. It's worth the wait. Now my nails look great (and younger!) in a soft pink shade or even the deepest of plums. I love deep colors in the winter and I've found that if you just put a coat of clear on every other day, your color can last up to 10 days.
Just check out the fashion magazines - you won't find artificial nails on any of the younger models. Same goes for celebs. Or, next time you are in a nail salon check out who is getting the power filing and most likely they are older than you!
I love MAC nail colors, this one was fantastic for the holidays.
Ok, a little young, but doesn't this look great with the outfit?
Essie Mademoiselle - light pink
Essie Ballet Slippers - light pink
OPI Yes I can can! - perfect plum
MAC Shirelle - perfect Loubitan red