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The Best Neutral Shades For Your Skin Tone


Posted on October 01 2018

Because there are so many neutral shades, it can be a bit overwhelming to know which one is the perfect match. Neutrals don't have to be boring either. You can pick a shade with lilac or rose undertones for a small hint of color. No matter the occasion or season, neutrals complement every look.

Fair/Light Skin Tones

For those with porcelain or fair complexions, a soft pinkish-nude with cool undertones is the choice for you. You'll want to avoid shades that go too warm or brown.

Essie - Sand Tropez

OPI Nail Lacquer - Bubble Bath

Medium Skin Tones

For those with medium complexions, choose a taupe or lilac-toned nude for a perfect match. You'll want to avoid neutrals that are too peachy or orange.

OPI GelColor - Coconuts Over OPI

ella+mila - You and Me

Olive Skin Tones

If you have a complexion with yellow or gold undertones, you'll want to choose a sandy- or coffee-colored neutral. The warmth of these colors complements that of your skin, creating the perfect combination.

CND Shellac Luxe - Fedora


OPI Nail Lacquer - That's What Friends Are Thor

Dark Skin Tones

For darker complexions, darker taupes are the best pick. You could try a polish with a hint of rose for a color that's work appropriate. If you want to liven things up a little, choose a shade with a grey undertone.

CND Shellac - Satin Pajamas

Revel Nail Dip Powder - Lively

Deep Skin Tones

Look for shades with a hint of mauve to complement deep skin tones. Light colors can make the nails look fake against dark skin tones. 

ella+mila - La Vie En Rose

Revel Nail Dip Powder - Carouse

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