Is there anything more classic, pretty—and, dare we say, wearable—than pink nail polish? Whether you paint your digits a sweet shade of ballet slipper, or, rock a sexy, bright berry shade, there is definitely a pink nail polish that can work for every style and skin tone, and it will always look on trend. In fact, the girly hue is especially hot right now, with trend experts dubbing it the year of “millennial pink” – a peachy-pink grapefruit color that has been popping up everywhere from beauty trends to home design. No, you don’t need to be a millennial to wear the pretty pink hue. Nor do you have to stick to that exact shade to be on trend—there’s a whole spectrum of pink polish that will do that trick this season. “Since the summer months are upon us, a bright neon pink or Barbie pink are perfect for this time of year,” says celebrity manicurist Pattie Yankee. “They add an element of playfulness to your nails,” she says. But if bold isn’t your thing, there are plenty of more toned-down, petal-pink options, too.
To prove our point, we asked Yankee to help us choose a range of pinks for every skin tone—from the fairest to the darkest complexions—that you can use on both your hands and feet. Yankee also gave us her pro tips on how to rock the über-feminine shade.
The Perfect Pinks for Your Skin Type
Here, a spectrum of pinks for every complexion, ranging from the lightest pinks to deepest shades of fuchsia. Wear them on your fingers and toes - or both!
The goal for this light skin tone is to stick to pink shades that neither wash out your fair complexion, nor overwhelm it. Any one of these polishes will do the trick.
Your ideal pink should be bold enough that it shows up against your dark complexion. Now, that doesn’t mean you have to wear super bright shades all the time. The trick to going lighter is to look for pinks with a hint of purple.
The color chart above takes a lot of the guesswork out of wearing pink. But there are a few more ways to help you slay your mani/pedi. Here, Yankee shares her best pink polish tricks.
DON’Tgo for a super pale pink if you have a fair skin tone. “Too white of a base in the pink can make you look washed out,” says Yankee.
DOwear different pinks on your fingers and toes. “Just make sure they compliment each other and are in the same color family,” says Yankee. That can mean a pale pink with blue undertones on your hands and bolder fuchsia shade on your feet. Or, a pale peach-y pink on tips and a punchy coral on your toe nails. “It’s always fun to wear the brighter shade on your toes,” Yankee says.
DON’Tlet your clothing compete with your nail color. If you’re wearing a bright shade on nails, keep your clothing choice low key. For example, pair hot pink nails with a little black dress.
DOkeep it neat. If you’re wearing a bold pink shade, all eyes will be on your nails. “Every flaw shows up with these bright shades,” says Yankee.
DOhave fun with layering. “For a night out, glitter polish looks amazing painted over a pink shade,” says Yankee. A glittery top coat is also an easy way to revive a weathered mani, she says. The sparkly flecks hide chips instantly. “Silver, iridescent, and pink glitter will work over any pink shade,” she says. We like essie Nail Color in Sparkle on Top, with holographic pink-ish glitter.
What’s your favorite shade of pink polish? Tell us in the comments below!
About the Author:The daughter of a hairdresser, Krista Bennett DeMaio likes to say she has beauty in her blood. She has well over a decade of beauty editorial experience. The former magazine-editor-turned-freelance writer has covered all things beauty from anti-aging skincare to NYFW runway trends. Her work has appeared in national publications and websites including Women’s Health, Redbook, Shape, Dr. Oz The Good Life, bhg.com, and prevention.com. She lives in Greenlawn, New York with her husband and two interns, er, daughters.