Show Off These Nudes! The Best Neutral Nail Polishes for Every Skin ToneSeptember 29, 2021
Nude Nail Polish for Deep and Dark Skin TonesWhile light and bright shades offer a nice contrast, rich, dark nudes look dreamy and natural against your fingers. We recommend looking for deep taupes, dark browns and warm roses.
This Essie shade is a quick-drying sienna brown that offers just enough contrast and warmth.
This nail set comes in a satisfying gradient of four rich nude-based hues for those with darker skin tones. Wear just a single shade or all together for an ombré manicure.
Nude Nail Polish for Medium and Olive Skin Tones
Medium skin tones typically have yellow or golden undertones so it’s best to go the lighter, brighter route with pinkish nudes that lean on the cooler side. For the perfect sheer polish, look for pale taupes or light beiges.
With an apricot tone and a gray cast, this shade lands on the cooler side and complements medium and olive skin for stunning nude nails.
This sandy shade puts a twist on your standard neutral nail polish color. The slightly pink, milky hue makes it complementary to all skin tones, especially medium and olive.
Nude Nail Polish for Fair and Light Skin Tones
White or beige nudes should be avoided as they can wash out lighter skin tones. The key to rocking nude the right way is to allow it to stand out in contrast to your complexion. Sheer pink shades are the best way to go as they add a touch of warmth to your fingertips.
There’s a reason why this has been an Essie nail polish best-seller for years. The pale pink shade works wonders on any skin tone and nail shape, making it a staple in every salon and beauty drawer.
This opaque blush pink hue is subtle but still gives the look of a clean, crisp and classic nude manicure. It’s the perfect barely-there color with just a touch of shine.
Tips For the Perfect Nude ManicureApplying nude nail polish may seem like a no-brainer, but according to the pros, it still requires a little finesse. In addition to picking the right shade, there are a few key rules you should follow to achieve the best neutral nail finish.
Steer Clear of the Cuticle
“Whenever I apply nail polish, I always avoid the cuticle area and if I do get a little polish on the skin, I wipe it off immediately,” says nail artist Mimi Wilson. Another easy way to fix mistakes is to dip a cuticle brush in nail polish remover and use it to brush over the paint on your skin.
“When I use nude nail polish, I like to apply it in two thin coats and one thicker one, to avoid any streaking,” says nail artist Reina Santos. “I usually apply three coats to achieve opacity. The third coat is applied a little thicker to even everything out. I also use a generous amount of top coat to smooth out the polish.”