The Best Nail Polish Colors for Every Skin Tone
Play to your strengths, ladies
Every time you hit the salon, you pine for trendy dovetail-gray nails. But try as you might, you end up looking like Dead Corpse #3 on an episode of C.S.I. The key to the ideal manicure: finding the shades that play up your natural complexion. Here are the best.
Best for Olive Skin
If you’re on the taupe side with yellow undertones, go warm with a peach or gold to elongate your fingers.
Get the look: Essie ($9)
Best for Pale Skin
Pastel colors--like the lightest of lavenders--are key for all-over pale tones.
Get the look: Nails Inc. ($14)
Best for Bronze Skin
You’re one of the lucky few who can pull off hot shades like tangerine without looking like a 17-year-old.
Get the look: China Glaze ($6)
Best for Dark Brown Skin
Super-saturated colors--whether a bold fuchsia or an electric cobalt--look best with darker hands.
Get the look: Sally Hansen ($11)
Best for Peachy Skin
Your porcelain complexion shines with blue-based reds and deep berry shades.
Get the look: Morgan Taylor ($6)
Best for Beige Skin
If you’ve got even beige tones, look for hues on the frosty side. A cool pink with silver notes is just right.
Get the look: OPI ($7)