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.

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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)

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Best for Pale Skin

Pastel colors--like the lightest of lavenders--are key for all-over pale tones.

Get the look: Nails Inc. ($14)

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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)

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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)

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Best for Peachy Skin

Your porcelain complexion shines with blue-based reds and deep berry shades.

Get the look: Morgan Taylor ($6)

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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)

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