Just as some fashion trends don’t suit some body shapes, there are certain nail shades that look awesome on fair skinned ladies but not so much on darker skinned beauties, and vice versa.
Right now there’s some fabulous nail designs taking centre stage on the catwalks, including sophisticated nudes, vibrant reds, pale matte colours, and funky patterned and embellished talons. For nail polish lovers, this means lots of experimenting and playing around with colour, but finding the right hue for you is what matters most.
Follow our tips on how to find your perfect nude, red and bold nail shade to complement your skin tone:
Nude: A flesh-toned manicure elongates fingers, but only if you’re wearing the right shade. Choose a nail colour that has a pinky-white undertone to complement and brighten your skin. We love Opi nail lacquer in Don’t Pretzel My Buttons.
Red: Choosing a dark vampy red with a hint of pink will provide a gorgeous contrast against pale skin. Go for something like Essie in Lacy Not Racy.
Bold: A neon orange hue will really flatter a pale skin tone. Choose a colour-pop tangerine which will take you from spring into summer such as American Apparel Neon nail polish.
Other shades that flatter pale skin tones: Blues and greens.
Nude: Olive and tanned skin tones will suit a subtle nude with a hint of peach to add warmth. Snap up Butter London in Tea With The Queen.
Red: Berry shades and strong undertones of ruby red are the most flattering for medium skin tones. We recommend Butter London in Saucy Jack.
Bold: Monochrome nails will create impact without looking gothic. Paint your bare nails with a clear top coat and use a black nail art pen to paint on a black moon. Use Barry M Nail Art Pen.
Other shades that flatter: White, silver, and light and medium toned purples.
Nude: For an effortless nude hue, darker skin tones suit nail shades with hints of grey and mink. Buy Nails Inc Porchester Square Gel Effect Polish.
Red: Bright, light, ruby or vampy – any shade of red suits a dark skin tone. A cherry pop colour will make the biggest statement. We love Butter London in Macbeth.
Bold: The brighter the better. Dark skin tones suit all kinds of colour and neon creativity, so choose the most zingy shades you can find. How about Revlon Nail Enamel in Plum Seduction?
Other shades that flatter: Deep purples, dark greens and dark blues.
Do you have any nail shade tips you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments section below.
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