Nail It: Find the Best Polish Colors For Your Skin Tone

Fact: Picking a polish is no easy feat. One that looks great in the bottle or on a friend might not work with your skin. But how do you figure that out before committing to a color?

First, determine what undertones your skin has. To do this, simply glance at the veins on your wrist: blue = a cool undertone, green = warm. Can’t tell? Take this quiz to figure out your undertone in seconds. Once that’s all squared away, check out the skin and polish pairings below.


For Fair Skin
Porcelain skin is a cool skin type, making pastel colors your best polish option. If you prefer a bolder look, however, go for a bright pink like butter LONDON’s “Primrose Picnic Hill” or a soft orange like essie’s “Tart Deco” for a hue that’ll really pop.

For Olive Skin
This warm skin tone works with a wide variety of colors (and yes, you bet we’re jealous). Pick anything from a shimmery metallic to a bright blue or orange. Any color you see will most likely look fabulous on your tips, so feel free to go wild.

For Dark Skin
Deep purples and midnight blues work best with this warm skin tone. Avoid pale pastel shades that can wash you out and stick with classics like “Lincoln Park After Dark” by OPI.

By Carolyn Schultz, Staff Writer

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