Picking the most appropriate nail polish is a struggle to some. This is especially true since there are many considerations when choosing the right color such as skin tone, style, shape of nails and even occasion. When I was younger, I’ve had my fair share of struggles. I get so caught up with my favorite shade and the latest hues available in the market that I fail to consider other factors.
5 Tips on Choosing The Right Nail Polish Colors
Nevertheless, after years of gaining experience as a nail artist, I’ve gathered tried and tested measures in selecting the right nail polish colors. These are also my gauge whenever clients ask for my recommendations. This post is a product of my journey, and the list would hopefully help you make that intelligent decision.
Here are my top five tips to guide you on your way to manicure perfection. Enjoy!
1. Your Skin Tone
There’s probably no need to elaborate just how important it is to match nail polish to your complexion. You may see a color or shade that looks good on your friend. However, it didn’t translate just as well when you’re sporting it. Have you considered the difference in your complexion? Colors may look washed out or mismatched depending on the skin tone. Thus, complexion should be one of the main consideration.
As a tip, take note of the following:
Fair skin – For this skin tone, try to work your way around nail polish colors with a lighter shade. Remember to stay away from very dark colors except for red. Do try:
- Pastel colors
- Purple shades
Medium or olive skin tone – This the type of complexion that can basically carry almost anything with the exception of rust and gold nail polish. The latter colors do not complement this skin tone. Do try:
- Red (Orange-Red)
- Blue (Sky Blue)
Dark skin – As shocking as this may sound, very dark tones look best on dark skin. Dark colors pop out and they look absolutely vibrant with this skin tone. Thus, avoid light or pale colors as they tend to looked washed out with your skin color. Do try:
- Neon and bright Pink / Fuchsia
- Darker berry tint of Purple
- Deep reds
- Cream and beige with sheer
- Intense Cobalt shades
2. Your Makeup
The color of your makeup and nail polish can make or break you. Aim for the good kind of attention, so avoid matching your makeup and nail polish in a way that you look outdated. The point is, you don’t want to look tacky. Right? Being matchy-matchy is okay as long as it’s done right. This actually makes you look pulled together. Thus, if you’re wearing dark makeup, match it with your nails by painting them with darker nail polish shade. In fact, it’s acceptable to wear a similar shade of lipstick and nail polish.
3. The Season
Picking the right nail polish color is also dependent on the season. It’s best if your choice complements the time of the year. During Winter try darker shades. Pretty pastels look gorgeous during Spring while fun and bright neon hues are stunning color choices for Summer. Finally, nudes and neutrals are recommended during Autumn.
4. The Occasion
Where you’re wearing the nail polish to is also of extreme importance. It would be kind of weird to look so glammed yet totally out of place. Thus, you need to choose your nail colors according to the occasion. What will you be doing during the day? Are you just hanging out in the mall? Feel free to wear your choice of fun and bubbly colors. If you’re going on a night out, you can be daring and try gold, bronze or silver. However, if you have a job interview or business meeting, shift to the safe side and wear neutral colors. Rule of thumb: choose what’s appropriate.
5. Latest Trends
This is, of course, another good consideration. Pay attention to what’s currently trending and popular. Fashion experts are called that way for a good reason, so trust them. Check out what’s hot and not. Try out what’s on the radar but you also need to be discerning whether it fits you and your style or lifestyle among many other considerations. Note though that while fashion trends are amazing, you need not join the bandwagon if you’re not feeling comfortable with it.
As an added bonus, check out this video from POPSUGAR Beauty about 3 perfect nude nail colors for your skin tone:
With the avalanche of choices, picking the right nail polish color for you can be daunting. However, don’t take away the fun in the process of getting pampered and pretty. Just enjoy every minute of it, and learn how to take better care of your nails.
Are these the same considerations you have when picking your nail polish color? Share your thoughts in the comment box below. Visit my Pinterest , Instagram or Facebook page as well for more amazing nail design ideas.
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