Nude Nail Polishes That Work With Your Skin Tone

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At this point in the holiday season, glittery, brazen nail shades are officially the toast of the town and your beauty arsenal—we get it. But let’s be real, those vibrant hues are often ensemble-specific and don’t always translate to day-to-day wear. That’s why it’s vital to keep a flattering neutral on deck. It’s literally a no-fail choice for any look, no matter the occasion or season. That said, there are tons of options that fall into the nude family, and one does not always fit all. To take out the guesswork and get your polish collection ready for the new year, we’ve compiled the shades that work perfectly with your skin tone. Take notes.

Imaxtree

Neutral Ground

Fair/Light Skin Tones

For you ladies with porcelain complexions, a soft pinkish-nude with cool undertones is the way to go. Avoid nudes that are too warm or brown.

Nail Polish in Sand Tropez

$4

Essie

Soft Shades Nail Lacquer Collection in Bubble Bath

$10

OPI

Le Vernis Longwear Nail Color in Organdi

$28

Chanel

Medium

Taupe or lilac-toned nudes are a great match for medium complexions with cool undertones. Avoid neutrals that are too peachy or orange.

Color Therapy Nail Polish in Steely Serene

$7

Sally Hansen

Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Nail Polish in Beachin’

$20

Sephora

Nail Lacquer in Yummy Mummy

$18

Butter London

Olive

Ladies with yellow or golden undertones look great with sandy- or coffee-colored neutrals (think creamy coffee). The warmth complements that of your skin, making them a match made in beauty heaven.

Nail Polish in Nostalgia

$18

Jin Soon

Fashion Collection Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Polish in Ladies Night

$18

Marc Jacobs Beauty

Nail Lacquer in Sugar Dune

$36

Tom Ford

Deep

Espresso and rich cocoas are the perfect color matches for deeper skin tones, lending a bold and utterly chic edge to your nails.

Nail Lacquer in Don’t Know Jacques

$9

OPI

Nail Lacquer in Nude Light Brown

$12

Black Up

Nail Colour – The Nudes in Zoulu

$50

Christian Louboutin Beaute