Not very long ago, there was a time when nude nail paints referred to only one colour (like the flesh coloured crayon). But now time has passed, nails in various shades of skin have become a huge manicure trend.
Nude nails are chic, sexy, minimalistic and as easy to rock as the classic red lip. But they are not one-shade-fits-all. We all have our own shade and need to find the perfect match. So before you jump straight in on the nude nail bandwagon, get on the same page as your skin tone. Here are some tips to find your perfect match as per your skin tone.
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There is only one rule when it comes to flaunting a nude nail paint – the natural skin colour you see under the surface of your nails, is your skin tone. And using colours that complement the skin tone is key to painting your nails nude.
Here’s a brief explanation on what type of nude nail paints work for different skin tones. Find out yours!
Fair: If you have a fair complexion over all, then the best neutral tone for fair skin is pink because it supports the blue undertones. Try to pick a sheer formula as the idea is to keep it simple and brighten the nails slightly. Another family of shade that you could opt for is the creamy blush variety or an opaque blush that has flattering pinkish undertones. It may or may not provide enough coverage but that’s exactly what we’re looking for!
Medium: Medium skin tones are more towards the fairer side yet not very pale and colorless. You may have either blue or green undertones. If you belong to this category, go for a pinkish beige shade while choosing your nude nail paint. It looks fresh and enhances your natural skin tone. But if you feel pink is not really flattering your hands, go for a brownish taupe color. Beware of the yellow undertones though; you don’t want to highlight the yellowness naturally present in your skin.
Olive: This could be the best skin tone to have. The yellowish golden sheen that’s naturally present in olive complexion allows you to wear many shades of nude. Pale, creamy nude tones work well for people with olive complexion. The shade can highlight the natural tan of the skin while providing just the right amount of contrast. Another option for those with pale olive skin with yellow or warm undertones is a soft peach colour. It makes your skin look as if it glows naturally!
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Dark: If you are blessed with a dark complexion, congratulations… you can experiment with the greatest variety of colours out there. Dark skin tones can handle beiges, caramels, chocolates, and even certain pinks! If you have dark skin, choose caramel and coffee hues like mocha and cocoa. Don’t forget the thumb rule though, look at the skin under your nails and play with the skin tone.