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The Best Nude Nail Colors For Skin Tones


Posted on February 17 2021


Nude nail colors are the perfect go-to when you want to keep a simple, minimalistic look. The best thing is that there is such a wide range when it comes to nude nail colors, that everyone can find a shade that best complements their skin tone. The key, however, is not to find a color that matches your skin tone exactly, but rather, a color that celebrates your skin's undertones. 

For Deep & Dark Skin Tones

For those with darker skin tones, pretty much any nude nail color will work. Lighter shades create a nice contrast, while darker, rich nudes look a little more natural. So, depending on what type of look you're going for, you have a wide range to choose from. Try deep taupes, dark browns, and warm rosy tones. 

Essie Clothing Optional

Essie - Clothing Optional
This color works well with deeper skin tones because it creates the perfect contrast and warmth.


People Of Color Mother Of Earth
People Of Color - Mother Of Earth
People Of Color is a nail lacquer line that was designed with women of color in mind. This rich brown nail color complements deeper skin tones.


For Medium & Olive Skin Tones

Medium skin tones typically have golden/yellow undertones, so you'll want to look for a color that's lighter. Try pink nudes that fall on the cooler side, pale taupes, or light beiges. 
Sundays Nail Polish No. 6
Sundays Nail Polish No. 06
A sandy shade like this one adds a twist your your standard nail color. With slight pink undertones, this nail color works great with medium skin tones. 


CND Gala Girl
CND Gala Girl
This type of nail color is works well if you're trying to achieve that "barely-there" look. It's the perfect naked nail polish color that works well with medium skin tones. 



For Fair & Light Skin Tones

For those with lighter skin tones, you'll want to avoid whites and beige nudes, as these colors can wash you out. Instead, you want to find a color that stands out a little from your complexion, creating just the right amount of contrast. Sheer pinks work best.

OPI Bubble Bath
OPI Bubble Bath
Bubble Bath continues to be one of OPI's best sellers and it's because this color works well with any skin tones, but especially with lighter skin tones. Its sheer formula also creates a barely-there look if you're wanting to keep your manicure clean and simple. 


Orosa Beauty Pirouette
Orosa Beauty Pirouette
If you don't want a sheer color, something like Orosa's Pirouette is an opaque color that's subtle but still creates a clean and simple look that works well with lighter skin tones. 


Additional Tips For The Perfect Nude Manicure

Picking the right shade is just the first step in creating the perfect nude manicure so here are some other additional tips you can follow to achieve perfection. 

1. Moisturize Nails: Hydrate your cuticles with some cuticle oils to keep your nails in tip-top shape.

2. Use 2-3 coats: Depending on the opacity of the formula, you may want to apply 2-3 coats to avoid streaking. Remember, you'll want to apply your coats in thin layers. 

3. Avoid the cuticle area when painting: Get as close as you can to your cuticles without actually touching them. However, if you do get some polish on your cuticles, it's an easy fix. Just take a small brush with some acetone to clean up the edges when you're done. 

Ready to find the perfect nude nail color? Shop our curated collection with favorites from OPI, CND, Essie & more! Do you have a favorite go-to nude nail color? Share it with us in the comments below! As always, we'd love to see your #nailfies. Tag us on Instagram & Facebook @beyondpolish and use the hashtag #GoBeyondTheBottle for a chance to be featured! 


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