12 Nude Nail Polishes for Every Skin Tone
Finding the perfect nude nail polish for your skin tone can be as tricky as finding your ideal foundation shade. Here's how to pick a color without looking like a corpse
We know what you're thinking -- "ugh, so boring." But trust us, it's so much prettier than it sounds. We're not talking about baby pinks or sheer beige tones. The nude nail polish colors that we're most excited about this season are opaque enough to make a statement, and they have trendy undertones that range from mauve to gold.
Skip ahead to see the best nude nail polish shades for your skin tone.
Choosing a nude nail polish color may seem easy, but it's actually harder than you might think. More than any other shade, nudes are susceptible to that all-too-common scenario where it looks gorgeous in the bottle, but you walk out of the nail salon hating your manicure. And that's because nude nail polish needs to perfectly complement your skin tone in order to work.
"You want a polish that's close to your own skin tone -- but better," explains Katie Cazorla, star of the show "Nail Files." She recommends matching the polish to your foundation color -- not your hands.
Don't get duped by the matte trend either. "With a neutral color, you want a high shine finish," says nail guru Jin Soon Choi. "It makes the nail stand out against your skin rather than blend in and look dead."
We rounded up our favorite nude nail polishes and divided them into categories for fair, medium, olive, and dark skin tones. They're all super-shiny, saturated colors -- perfect for when you want to take a break from that four-tone glitter ombré manicure that's become your go-to.
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