How to Find the Best Nail Polish for Your Skin Tone

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How to Find the Best Nail Polish for Your Skin Tone

“People with fair skin can pull off colors that have warm or cool undertones," says Samira Far, founder of Bellacures Nail Salon in Los Angeles. "Stick to reds with a blue undertone, navy blues, or pastel colors, like a pastel lavender."

How to Find the Best Nail Polish for Your Skin Tone

Bright reds are also a great choice for fair skin.

LONDONTOWN "Londoner Love", $16
How to Find the Best Nail Polish for Your Skin Tone

LONDONTOWN "Chuffed to Bits", $16
How to Find the Best Nail Polish for Your Skin Tone

If you want to go nude, "a slightly rosy linen adds just enough pink that feels healthy and fresh without reading too white or girlish," says Hipp.

Jenna Hipp "Sheerling", $16
How to Find the Best Nail Polish for Your Skin Tone

“This skin tone can pull off a wide range of colors," says Far. "It tends to look good in everything from beiges and nudes to dark, vibrant colors like an intense sky blue, deep grape shades, and reds with a pop of orange.”

How to Find the Best Nail Polish for Your Skin Tone

"Medium warm skin can wear just about anything but I love fuchsia or a bubble-gum pink for fun, especially with black eyeliner," says Hipp.

Chanel "506", $28
How to Find the Best Nail Polish for Your Skin Tone

For cool-toned olive skin, jewel tones look rich and stand out, says Hipp.

NARS "Fearless", $20
How to Find the Best Nail Polish for Your Skin Tone

Blush colors look good on medium skin tones, says Pennington.

LONDONTOWN "Cheerio", $20
How to Find the Best Nail Polish for Your Skin Tone

“Darker skin tones look best in darker polishes that offer a punch of intense color," says Far. "Deep purples with berry tones, cobalt blues, and rich reds will add a look of glamour. Be careful of shades of gray, which can make the skin appear muddy or washed out.”

How to Find the Best Nail Polish for Your Skin Tone

"Dark skin can wear just about any color, so don't be shy to try brights like orange and blues," says Hipp.

Jin Soon "Beau", $18
How to Find the Best Nail Polish for Your Skin Tone

"Deep violet, raisin or blackberry subtly contrasts with a dark complexion without being overly loud or dramatic," says Hipp.

Jenna Hipp "Marnie", $16
How to Find the Best Nail Polish for Your Skin Tone

White nail polish looks great on dark skin.

LONDONTOWN "Duchess", $16
How to Find the Best Nail Polish for Your Skin Tone

Olive skin works well with true red, hot pink, fuchsia, and orange.

How to Find the Best Nail Polish for Your Skin Tone

"Hot Coral is a great choice for olive skin," says Hipp. "The tangerine-toned coral will pull out the pink undertones so skin looks even and glowing."

Estee Lauder "Hot Coral", $22
How to Find the Best Nail Polish for Your Skin Tone

LONDONTOWN "Queen of Hearts", $16
How to Find the Best Nail Polish for Your Skin Tone

"Warm olive skin generally has golden undertones that gives skin a naturally sun-kissed look, especially when popped with a true red," says Hipp.

Jenna Hipp "Ruby Rose", $16

It’s a sad fact of beauty and fashion – what looks stunning on one person, can look horrendous on another. Unfortunately, that also applies to nail polish, which is why it’s important to choose a nail polish that works well with your skin tone. But don’t worry, we did the work for you with these expert tips and color recommendations.

If you’re not sure about a color, place the bottle against the palm of your hand, says Director of Education for LONDONTOWN Liliana Pennington. “Does the shade look good? Your palms best represent your overall skin tone, so if the answer is yes, it’s a good color for you,” she says. “If not, you want to choose something else.”

Also, it’s a good idea to take care of your hands and feet to let the color looks it’s best. That means lots of moisturizer and regular exfoliation. This is especially important for darker skin tones, says celebrity manicurist Jenna Hipp. “Dark skin can easily look dull or ashy when dry, so moisturizer throughout the day is key as is exfoliating dead skin cells with a polishing scrub.”

Scroll through the gallery above to find the best color for your skin tone, then watch the below episode of The SASS to see how nail polish is made.