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The Best Nude Nail Colors For Skin Tones


Posted on January 06 2023


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. 

Madam Glam Gel Polish - Pillow TalkMadam Glam Gel Polish - Pillow Talk

Madam Glam Gel Polish - Pillow Talk

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

CND Shellac - Phantom

CND Shellac - Phantom

A rich color like this looks great against deep skin tones that have warmer undertones.
OPI - Put It In Neutral

OPI Put It In Neutral

This shade looks great against deeper skin tones that have blue-purple undertones.

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. 
Deborah Lippmann - The Sweetest Taboo

Deborah Lippmann - The Sweetest Taboo

 For medium & olive skin tones, we recommend soft pinks and beige nail colors. Deborah Lippmann's The Sweetest Taboo looks great on lighter skin tones with warm undertones.

Londontown - Pampas BeigeLondontown - Pampas Beige

Londontown - Pampas Beige

A color like this looks great against skin tones that have cooler undertones. 


OPI - Baby, Take A Vow

OPI Nail Lacquer - Baby, Take A Vow

A soft pink nude like this also looks great against warmer skin tones. 


CND Shellac - Romantique

CND Shellac - Romantique

Create a flawless, barely-there manicure with this CND bestseller. This one also looks great against skin tones with warmer undertones.

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 GelColor - 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.

CND Shellac - Satin Slippers

CND Shellac - Satin Slippers

This nail color is a bit darker than Bubble Bath and has more of a pink tint than Romantique, but is still a happy medium. This color looks best against lighter skin tones that have warmer undertones. 


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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