When trying to determine the perfect nude nail polish for your skintone, looking at your unpolished nail bed can help guide you. “Usually, nail beds are pink, white or the same color as your skin,” says celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann. A nude polish that matches your nail bed will most likely match your skin tone.” She also suggests looking at your cuticles for answers. If the nude lacquer isn’t right for your skin tone, your cuticle will actually look red or “dirty.”
For dark skin ladies, percolate in coffee-colored shades with orange and yellow undertones. “Avoid ashy gray shades as they could make skin appear washed out or dull,” advises Lippmann. While those with cinnamon-brown complexions look great in milky browns that lighten up the nail and give slight contrast. According to Isa, mahogany brown women look divine in deep browns with a bit of red and onyx-colored gals excel in shades of dark chocolate with a bit of mauve.