Here's Exactly How to Find Your Perfect Nude Nail Color
Truth be told, there's no such thing as a universal nude.
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When nude makeup became a trend, I found myself searching endlessly for hues that actually looked nude against my skin tone. On the model, the color looked great, but against my skin, well, that was a different story. And since I'm not huge on lipstick, the only true way for me to sport the nude trend is on my nails. Let's be honest, I'll never say no to a fresh manicure. So, I decided to bite the bullet and take matters into my own hands. I was determined to find a nude nail color that paired perfectly with my caramel-toned skin.
You see, most nude shades either go on sheer (which I'm not a fan of) or they are light and look white(ish) or dark and look brown, but not really nude. I wanted a shade that fell somewhere in the middle of the two. If you don't know exactly how to find your nude shade, here's a tip I once learned from a nail pro: Find a color that closely resembles your skin color without looking exactly like it (then your mani will be practically invisible). And remember, undertones matter. If you have cool undertones in your skin, match with a cool polish color and if you have warm undertones, like me, choose warm shades. Since I have caramel skin with yellow undertones, I need a color similar to sand or a pink that has bronze undertones. Personally, I prefer to go a smidge lighter than my actual skin, instead of darker, but truly, the choice is yours. And don't be afraid to play with different finishes. Yes, sparkly and matte polishes can be nude, too.
My favorite part about wearing nude nails is how clean-cut it makes my hands look. Don't get me wrong, I love a pastel purple or deep navy on my tips, but nothing looks as professional and classic as a nude nail. These are seven of my go-to nude nail polishes that I keep buying over and over again.
This nail color is a bit deeper than the others, but still works nicely against my skin. If you have fairer skin, it will look more like a chocolate brown nail color.
Buy It: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish Totem-ly Yours, ($7, Target)
Rose gold looks great against all skin tones, but against brown skin, it doubles as a nude polish. This color is formulated with matcha and sweet almond oil, so you know it's good for your nails.
Buy It: Nails Inc. Sweet Almond Nail Polish Powered by Matcha, ($15, Sephora)