Photo: Courtesy Essie for Self-Portrait

Finding the perfect nude nail polish is like finding a good apartment in NYC — difficult but not impossible. It’s one of those things that is highly custom and wholly dependent on the individual, making it a sometimes frustrating and long process to get the look you’re going for. Luckily, we live in the age of social media, where someone (celebrity or otherwise) is bound to have a similar skin tone and undertone combo and can help you narrow down your options. We also live in a time where editors (us) have spent hours combing through press emails, feeds and stalking our favorite red carpet manis to find the best nude nail polishes for dark skin — all from our favorite polish brand, Essie. We’ve rounded them up ahead — from the grey taupe-y beige that was practically made for the ‘gram to the deep brown shade we’ve been seeing everywhere.

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