How To Choose The Perfect Nail Color That Compliments Your Skin Tone

Written by , BA Hons Indrani Karmakar BA Hons linkedin_icon Experience: 2.5 years
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If you thought no one would notice the chipped-off nail polish at the party, you are wrong. After your face, hands are the most scrutinized parts of your body. You probably knew this because all the hours spent on manicures would be pointless if beautiful hands were not appreciated. Now, to talk about ways you can make your fingers ever prettier, there is nothing easier and sassier than pulling a coat of bright polish on your fingernails. Whether you like to keep your nails short and neat or long and elegant, colors have a way of describing your personality in a unique way. If you are new to exploring which color is made to compliment your skin tone, we are here to help. Go through the different skin tones and what colors highlight the pretty nails in the best way.

1. Light Skin Tone

Light Skin Tone
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Let’s start with lighter skin tones and see what colors will suit your nails best. If you have a skin tone that is close to porcelain, ivory, or sand, we have a trick that will make you look absolutely ravishing. Instead of going for bold with contrasting colors, go for lighter colors that compliment your skin. Here are a few shades that will focus the attention on your hands.

Nude

Nude
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Nude polishes always appear on the top of the cover lists; however, choosing the perfect shade requires trial and error. The next time you purchase a polish, ask for all the nude polish shades where you can try and know which one makes your fingers look absolutely elegant. But a lighter skin tone can gel in with any dark or light nude shade.

Scarlet

Scarlet
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Red honestly never goes out of fashion. And this is one color that suits most skin tones. Now, of course, there are many shades of red, and each brand has a different tint with the same name. However, if you have pale skin, go for the brightest shade of red. Once you put it on your nail, check the color under a bright light to know how you will look when you go out. Scarlet is the right mix of orangish-red to compliment your light skin tone.

Salmon Pink

Salmon Pink
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The best part about this shade is that it is suitable for all occasions. Unlike neon shades that can light up a party, salmon pink can make your hands look neat that you can even wear to formal events. Whether it’s a casual outing or a date, the shade never goes wrong with your light skin tone. You can never be too wrong when it comes to pink. Again, pink has various shades, so we suggest you keep it less bling for office wear and save the hot pink for Saturday nights!

Navy Blue

Navy Blue
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If you want to go on to the darker shades, the color that suits pale skin most is navy blue. It is particularly effective if you have a warm undertone. The contrast between your skin color and the deep shade works best here. This does wonders if you have short nails but want to give it a longer nail illusion.

2. Nail Polishes for Medium Skin Tone

Nail Polishes for Medium Skin Tone
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Medium skin tones range from olive, beige, and honey. It alters the color of your undertone and gives a different look from the colors you wear. If you are blessed with a medium tone, these attractive colors will make your nails look more noticeable than ever.

Violet

Violet

Violet is something a medium skin tone carries off really well. It has both blue and pink shades and brings a sassy change to your hands. You can also try pretty nail art and gradient shade to make your nails look even more appealing.

Bottle Green

Bottle Green
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If you are a fan of dark colors, the color that is specially crafted for your skin tone is bottle green. Get a gloss finish polish that will reflect shine off when you dazzle in your night out. The sexy brown and green combo works awesome in fashion. And even more so if your skin is honey-like. It will go with your nails very well and will probably become your fave shade.

Off White

Off White
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If you feel your nails are already white, why would you paint on them, you should definitely try off-white nail polish. It is different from clear polish and makes your nail more prominent. The color of your skin gives a contrast to the nail color and makes it noticeable and pretty.

Sea Green

Sea Green
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Who knew something so quaint could make you look so gorgeous. Sea green is made ideally for warm undertones. We love the way it stands modest yet makes a statement when you pair it with your formals.

3. Nail Polish For The Darker Skin Tones

Nail-Polish-For-The-Darker-Skin-Tones
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Darker skin tone ranges from almond to espresso. What we envy the most about darker skin tones is, you can wear all the bright colors without making yourself look loud. Wearing bright shades is the best advantage that people with dark skin tones can pull off for an edgy look. Even though every nail color looks fantastic on darker skin tones, here are some shades that suit you exceptionally well.

Orange

Orange
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The brighter, the better! Even if you picked up the bottle and kept it again, thinking it was too loud, you need that in your makeup closet! Dusky skin tone gives you the perfect opportunity to play contrast on your nails and grab all the attention you need.

Yellow

Yellow
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Another bling color to look forward to is yellow. We know it’s bright and over the top but wait till it makes you look like a complete diva. You can choose a rich shade but make sure the nail paint is thick, so it creates a coat over your nails. Whether it is pastel yellow, lime yellow, mustard yellow, or neon yellow, the sunshiny color was definitely made for your skin tone. It does not look tacky no matter which shade you decide to go with. Normally, yellow isn’t that well-liked by many when it comes to nail paints but there is no way this shade is a miss if you have dusky skin.

Orchid

Orchid
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This gorgeous color is enough to make the gaze fixate on your nails. We love how your skin tone highlights the color and how pretty it makes your hands look. You can also experiment with other shades of purple, but no color like an orchid!

So, now that you know what suits your skin tone best, why the wait! Also, the best part about nail paint is, you can never go wrong. You can always experiment and have fun with whatever color you like. Also, make sure you add collagen and vitamins to your diet to help your nails grow better. Do you have any personal favorites when it comes to nail paint? Let us know in the comments!

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Indrani Karmakar

Indrani KarmakarSenior Social Writer

Indrani is a writer and artist who likes to add a dash of humor to everything she does. She has two years of experience in writing articles across beauty, health, and lifestyle genres. After graduating in Political Science from Calcutta University, she took a detour into the world of creativity and discovered her knack for social writing, advertising, designing, and...read full bio

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