The Best Nail Polish Shades for Dark Skin Tones



Kurie Fitzgerald writes about beauty products and trends with a focus on diversity. You can find more of her writing on her website. Here she reviews six nail colors to find her perfect match.

I always thought bright nail polish looked better on my skin, so I never even considered darker polishes. Maybe this was a matter of nail technicians steering me toward those colors in nail salons, or perhaps it was peer pressure. Peer pressure had a huge impact—still does to some degree—on my beauty choices. As it relates to choosing nail polish colors, when I was younger and attended sleepovers, painting our nails was often the main activity. My friends handed me brighter colors, and I played along.

I know I am not the only one who thought brighter colors better complement my skin color. If you do a Google search for “best nail polish colors for dark skin tones,” many results suggest bright colors are the best, if not only, way to go. I am not one to always agree with what I am told, and, at the ripe old age of 25, I decided to figure out what shades suit me best.

I selected a range of colors, both the hyper-colorful polishes of sleepovers past and darker, neutral colors that I never could see myself wearing. See which shades I loved and which ones I had to pass on.

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This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.