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The Secret To Choose Right Nail Polish Color For Your Skin Tone

We love the color in the nail polish bottle but sometimes when it is on our tips we end up hating it. Relatable? I know! To be honest I believe no matter your skin tone anyone can rock any color. However, let’s be real, it isn’t always the case. There are some nail polish colors that enhance the look of your hands while others make them dull. It is so important to figure out your skin tone and understand which color works best for you.

Luckily, there are many methods that can help you decide the best nail polish color for your skin tone. So, let’s give a solution to your indecisiveness regarding your nail polish colors and understand the science behind it. You just need to have the right knowledge of what works on your skin and what doesn’t. Moreover, it’s always a good idea to play around with different colors and also to figure out what colors will give you an instantly stunning look especially in the last moment situations.

Steps To Choose Right Nail Polish Color

Step 1 – Identify Your Skin Tone

The very first step before selecting the right nail polish color is to identify your skin tone. Once you know your skin tone as well as an undertone, then you will be easily able to decide what are the colors that enhance your hands and which colors do the opposite. So let’s understand the steps that help you identify your skin tone.

1. Wash Your Hands

Make sure you wash your hands and your hand should be clean of any lotion. After you wash your hand it’s better to wait for 15 to 20 minutes. The reason is that your skin can get pink from scrubbing or rubbing and it can make it difficult to identify your undertone.

2. Look At Your Hands In Natural Light

After that, find the natural light around you. Different light bulbs and the color of the light can affect your skin differently. Because some lights have a yellow cast, some have blue, etc and you will not be able to identify your true undertone. So, always look for a natural light source that is under the sun. It will help you to find the right skin tone. Also, if you don’t wanna go out, then you can sit next to your window.

3. Look At The Color Of Your Veins

Now, the next step is to check your visible veins. Bring your arm in the natural sunlight and you can check veins on your wrist or back of your hands. Now, determine the color of the veins.

  • If your veins are green, then you have a warm skin tone or yellow undertone.
  • Next, if you have blue or purple veins, then it means you have a cool or pink undertone.
  • However, if you cannot figure out or if you find both green and blue veins, that means you have a neutral skin tone or Olive complexion.

4. Determine How Your Skin Reacts In The Sun

There is another way to identify undertones. How you react to Sun exposure also determines your skin tone.

  • When you go out in the sun and if you get tanned easily but not get burnt that means you have a warm or neutral undertone. This also means you have more melanin in your skin.
  • If you do not get tanned in the sun but your skin burns that means you have less melanin and you have a cooler undertone.
  • Also, if you have a very dark skin tone, you can still have a cool undertone. However, skin tone like ebony doesn’t burn easily. You just need to do a few tests to figure out your exact undertone.

How To Choose Nail Polish Color For Different Skin Tones

Although any skin tone can pull off any nail polish color. However, there are some great picks that specifically can help in enhancing a particular skin tone.

1) Dark skin tone

For dark skin tones, colors like bright pink and Deep Purple looks great. Lovely Bold Black looks amazing on this skin tone. Also, bright blue, bright pink, wine red, and Cobalt blue can go very well with the dark skin tone. However, if you have a very dark skin tone then you can skip nude shades. Moreover, if you want to go bright then you can also rock shades like orange, red, and fuchsia. Did you know Rihanna literally pulled off a neon green nail polish? Yup that’s true and if she can, so can you babe!

2) Medium/Olive Skin Tone

For medium skin tone, you can easily go for coral pink color or bright orange color. To be honest, your skin tone can rock any color. You can get a nude shade, especially in beige. It will enhance your hands and give your complexion a boost. Also, medium skin tone has a neutral undertone which is a good match for the grey shade. If you want to add a little drama, then you can easily go for bright red nail polish. I think that red looks best on medium skin tones. As your skin tone varies from bronze to olive, different undertones can help you identify different shades of nail polish.

3) Light Skin Tone

For light skin tone, pastel colors literally enhance your nails and you can easily try peach, purple, pastel colors. The dark color also looks great on you but pastel colors compliment more. You can easily go for colors like nude shade in s pinkish tone. Grey color also suits you but if you have a cool undertone. Furthermore, if you have a blue undertone then you can definitely go for red nail polish. It will give you a great contrast. When it comes to pink, then honey you can rock all shades of pink. Moreover, when it comes to purple, lavender is your color but make sure it is not too white.

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I was the president of the Fashionista Club at my college. That is when I discovered my love for writing on fashion and beauty, mainly to inspire others. Since then, I love to constantly lookout for fashion trends and beauty secrets. I am in love with the idea of going organic in terms of beauty. If I were a beauty product, I’d be Essential oil. Beauty is a healthy state of mind and the only beauty standard that I follow is anything that makes me happy and confident. I love to inculcate positive habits in me and have an optimistic attitude. I live by the idea of living life in harmony and to bloom with grace. I believe that the concept of Beauty & Style of anyone is something that is very personal and it starts with loving yourself. Afterall Bosswoman Vibes are the most sexy and you gotta believe in your inner Beyonce.

Mahima Mujral

I was the president of the Fashionista Club at my college. That is when I discovered my love for writing on fashion and beauty, mainly to inspire others. Since then, I love to constantly lookout for fashion trends and beauty secrets. I am in love with the idea of going organic in terms of beauty. If I were a beauty product, I'd be Essential oil. Beauty is a healthy state of mind and the only beauty standard that I follow is anything that makes me happy and confident. I love to inculcate positive habits in me and have an optimistic attitude. I live by the idea of living life in harmony and to bloom with grace. I believe that the concept of Beauty & Style of anyone is something that is very personal and it starts with loving yourself. Afterall Bosswoman Vibes are the most sexy and you gotta believe in your inner Beyonce.

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