The Best Fall Nail Colors for Every Skin Tone

Updated 09/08/17

 Just like you wouldn’t pick out your makeup without considering your coloring, thinking about which nail polish shades work best with your skin tone also has its advantages. Not only is this an inexpensive and easy way to spice up your look for fall, the result can be incredibly flattering. We rounded up the season’s hottest colors and matched them to your skin tone.

 Read on to find which polish is best for you!

Gold nails are perfection when paired with fair skin tones. This shimmery shade looks ethereal, and it’s a subtle color that won’t wash out your pale coloring.

Deborah Lippmann Nail Color ($20) in Autumn in New York

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27) in 525 Quartz

M.A.C. Studio Nail Lacquer ($12) in Midnight Sky

If you have a light skin tone, go for a super-shiny, dark oxblood hue. This glamorous color matches your entire fall wardrobe and contrasts perfectly with your complexion.

Christian Louboutin Nail Colour ($50) in Sevillana

NARS Nail Polish ($20) in Chinatown

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer ($18) in 138 Jezebel

Gray was a popular polish on the fall runways, but it’s tricky to pull off in real life. On light skin it can create a rather goth look, whereas on dark skin it often looks a little muddy. But if your skin tone falls somewhere in between light and dark, you can easily rock this surprisingly neutral shade! 

Essie Nail Polish ($8.50) in Chinchilly

Dior Vernis ($25) in Trianon

Sephora Collection Color Hit Nail Polish ($5) in 78 Berlin Underground

Darker skin tones offer the perfect canvas for dusty pink nails.  Unlike light-skinned girls, the color doesn’t wash you out and you get the full potential of the pretty shade.

Michael Kors SPORTY Nail Lacquer ($18) in Coquette

JINsoon Nail Lacquer ($18) in Nostalgia

OPI Nail Lacquer ($10) in Dulce de Leche

 

A dark navy blue polish, like blue jeans for your nails, is practically a neutral color at this point. It looks especially stunning on deep skin tones and it’s striking in both matte and shimmer.

Butter London Nail Lacquer ($15) in Royal Navy

Julep Color Treat ($14) in Char

Revlon Nail Enamel ($5) in Urban

Which color are you leaning towards? Let us know in the comments! 

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