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