How You Can Wear Spring's Prettiest Nail Polishes

Posted 03/03/11 at 05:49PM by Audrey Fine

When it comes to beauty, it's one thing to glom on to a color simply because it's "en vogue" and it's another to choose one that actually works with your skin tone. (Hint: The latter is a much better way to go about it.)

For spring, there are a lot of pretty, creamy pastels to choose from (think robin's egg blue, peaches 'n cream, gray/silver) and some edgier, moodier ones too, but not all of these shades are going to look good on everyone.

Here are some tips for choosing a color that's both trendy and flattering with your complexion.

Fair skin: The most flattering shades for fair skin tones are reds and pinks (in bright or soft shades) and any color found on the spectrum between the two. If you're really pale, you may want to stay away from super dark colors (the gunmetal grays and dark purples) and opt instead for lighter hues like barely there lavender shimmers (like CND Colour & Effects in Amethyst Sparkle, $11) or a pop of poppy color (try CND Colour Effects in Smoochie, $9).

Medium skin: Help flatter your medium skin tone by wearing bold colors. You can pull off vibrant hues like Tiffany blue (try Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in Blizzard Blue, $2.99) or oranges -- bright or muted ones -- (try Essie Nail Polish, in Capri,$8).

Dark skin: When you have dark or tan skin, you can pretty much get away with any shade you fancy. Bright shades really benefit from being shown against a darker canvas and light shades look pretty by contrast. Two hot colors to try this season are Dior Vernis Long-Wearing Nail Lacquer in Pink Boa, $21 or Estee Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Purple Passion, $19.

Is there a color that you've been itching to try? What about other trends like the modern hair twist, bold brows or long lower lashes?
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  • Posted by EricaF123 on 04/13/13 at 03:03pm

    Nice

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  • Posted by powerwoman033 on 03/14/12 at 01:56pm

    I am very playful when it comes to my nails. I don't really go too dark, but I like effects top coats and all sorts of colors. Now for that perfectly nude look, I do go with a neutral pink tone on my nails to keep the whole look understated.

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  • Posted by LipglossandSpandex on 05/25/11 at 06:13pm

    I like to wear all sorts of polish colors. I have medium skin. Usually I go more by season than skintone... vampy colors for fall and winter, brights/pastels for spring and summer.

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  • Posted by Madrigaliv81 on 05/03/11 at 02:30pm

    I have fairly light skin and I always love the way flesh tone or skin tone colors look. Similar to what Giada wears on her cooking show. I try to match the color to the color of my hands, almost like foundation colors.

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  • Posted by MissPurple on 04/29/11 at 03:30pm

    I can pull off those colors on my toes, NOT my hands though!

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  • Posted by lea_m_gibson on 04/21/11 at 02:38pm

    nice.

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