Ann Romney takes a style risk with pale blue manicure at the second presidential debate… but will it sell out like Michelle"s?

Ann Romney takes a style risk with pale blue manicure at the second presidential debate… but will it sell out like Michelle's

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00:32 GMT, 18 October 2012

Last month, Michelle Obama flaunted an alternative blue-grey manicure during her speech at the Democratic National Convention, a point Ann Romney seems to have keenly registered.

Attempting to add a bit of spunk to her own outfit at the second presidential debate at Hofstra University in New York last night, Ms Romney showed up with a pale blue polish all of her own.

Wearing a conservative shift dress in exactly the same Schiaparelli-pink shade as the First Lady, Mrs Romney's contrasting manicure was its own statement accessory.

Got the blues: Ann Romney paired her fuchsia dress with a contrasting pale blue manicure, similar to Michelle Obama's manicure last month at the National Democratic Convention (below)

Got the blues: Ann Romney paired her fuchsia dress with a contrasting pale blue manicure, similar to Michelle Obama's manicure last month at the National Democratic Convention (below)

Got the blues: Ann Romney paired her fuchsia dress with a
contrasting pale blue manicure, similar to Michelle Obama's manicure last month at the National Democratic Convention (below)

While Mrs Obama let her loud Michael Kors pink dress and matching cropped jacket speak for itself by wearing neutral nail polish this time around, it seemed Mrs Romney was having an 'anything the First Lady can do, I can better,' moment.

At the Democratic National Convention on September 5th, Mrs Obama paired her subtly printed
dress with a blue-grey manicure to match the dress' hemline.

The internet swiftly became a frenzy of guessing games as to its
exact shade and brand.

Nailing it: Mrs Obama paired the subtly printed gold and pink frock with a blue-grey manicure to match the dress' hemline, while her long false eyelashes added another touch of subtle femininity

Nailing it: Mrs Obama paired the subtly printed gold and pink frock with a blue-grey manicure to match the dress' hemline, while her long false eyelashes added another touch of subtle femininity

Nailing it: Mrs Obama paired the subtly printed
gold and pink frock with a blue-grey manicure to match the dress'
hemline, while her long false eyelashes added another touch of subtle
femininity

According to Fashionista, her nail hue of choice was Artistic Colour Gloss in a shade called 'Vogue' – a gel polish that remains chip-free for up to three weeks.

With relatively strict codes of conservationism
for the two wives' wardrobes (aside from their bright hues, last night's outfits were classic Jackie Kennedy silhouettes), it seems an alternatively-coloured manicure is the most cost-effective and subtle way to have a
bit of fun with their looks.

Colour codes: Michelle Obama stepped out in the same searing hot pink hue as Ann Romney at the second presidential debate last night

Colour codes: Michelle Obama stepped out in the same searing hot pink hue as Ann Romney at the second presidential debate last night

Where once women stuck to classic
shades of nude, pink and red, there are now clearly-defined colour
trends, with Chanel a leader in what used to be unlikely shades of
taupe and gunmetal.

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 two women have clearly taken note of.

Sales of nail polish have soared by 54
per cent in the past year, according to market researcher, the NPD
Group, and Michelle Obama favourite Jason Wu even launched a limited-edition nail-polish line last year.

Jan Arnold, of Creative Nail Design,
told CNBC: 'I think for real women, if the option is either buying a
screeching neon yellow dress or a screeching yellow manicure, she'll opt
for the manicure. Nails are a cheap thrill.'

OPI's Suzi Weiss-Fischmann added in
an interview with Ology.com: 'Nail color has really achieved the status
of an accessory and I think it's wonderful. It's an affordable luxury
and it makes us feel good.'

GET THE LOOK: BLUE MANICURE

If you want to try the blue lacquered look for yourself, here are three at-home alternatives:

OPI's I Don't Give A Rotterdam! is a close match to the First Lady's blue-grey choice.

Essie's Boxer Shorts and Orly's Sky Blue are a lighter alternative, a la Mrs Romney.

OPI colour 'I Don't Give A Rotterdam!'

Essie colour 'Boxer Shorts'

Orly colour 'Sky Blue'

Get the look: OPI nail colour I Don't Give A Rotterdam! (left), Essie's Boxer Shorts (middle), and Orly's Sky Blue