The Best Nude Polish for Your Skin Tone

When it comes to picking a nail color I never know what to get. I usually play it safe and alternate between a shade of pink, lavender, or the classic French manicure. It is time to step out of my nail rut and try something new.

Nude nails are a great option. They are chic, timeless, and sophisticated. Plus they never clash with your outfit. But before you jump on the nude polish bandwagon there are a few things you need to know.

If the nude nail is done right it can actually elongate your fingers, great for those who are in stubby finger denial. They are also a great option when stretching the length of time between manis because chips are less noticeable than with a brighter color. The most important rule is to pick a nude shade that wont leave you looking washed out.

With the help of Instyle and Tom Bachik, a global nail artist for L’Oreal Paris and manicurist to the stars, finding the perfect nude polish is easy!

The first step is to determine your undertone, or color that lies beneath the skin. “ Check out the veins on the underside of your arm,” Backik tells Instyle. “If they’re primarily green, you’re more warm tone, and if they’re bluish in tone you’re on the cool side.” Another way is by going by the type of jewelry you wear, he says. If your skin looks best in silver, you likely have cool undertones, but if gold is your tone of choice, you’re probably on the warmer side.

“Now look for shades of nude that are on the tan (warm) side or grayish (cool) side,” Bachik adds. “I recommend going a shade darker/lighter than your skin tone for a clean but deliberate look.”

For Fair Skin:

Cash L’Oréal Paris in Eva’s Nude, $6; lorealparisusa.com.
Deborah Lippmann in Naked, $18; nordstrom.com. Zoya in Chantal, $9; zoya.com.

For Medium Skin:

L’Oréal Paris in Julianne’s Nude, $6; lorealparisusa.com.
Smith & Cult in Ghost Edit, $18; smithandcult.com and Essie in All Tied Up, $8; essie.com.

For Olive Skin:

L’Oréal Paris in Doutzen’s Nude, $6; lorealparisusa.com.
Essie in Not Just a Pretty Face, $9; essie.com and Jin Soon in Nostalgia, $18; jinsoon.com.

For Dark Skin:

L’Oréal Paris in Liya’s Nude ($6; lorealparisusa.com).
RGB Cosmetics in Haze, $18; rgbcosmetics.com and Essie in Smokin’ Hot, $9; essie.com.


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