15 Nail Colors That Look Especially Amazing on Dark Skin Tones

Updated 02/18/19

Out of all the decisions you have to make in a day, choosing your nail color probably isn't the hardest. But with so many shade options, it can take quite some time. We feel you. Thankfully, the widely inclusive nail color options make finding shades that suit your skin tone fun. Another day, another new nail shade launches. And brown-skinned beauties, there are shades made with you in mind. The best nail colors for dark skin tones span, well, pretty much all hues of the rainbow. It's true—there's not one shade that doesn't look good on your melanin-rich skin. High-impact shades pop against dark skin tones and deep, sultry shades look so seamless. Rejoice: We lucked out in this category (it's 2019, and there are still limited foundation shade ranges for dark skin tones). 

If you usually stick to the same nail shades for your dark skin, rest assured that you can't go wrong with having a little fun. Hey, we're all guilty of being creatures of habit with our favorite nail shades. But allow yourself to experiment more with vivid, brighter shades that'll pop against your deep complexion or neutral shades that'll suit your skin just right. Push yourself out of your nail comfort zone and feast your eyes on these fun nail colors that look amazing on dark skin tones. 

Nail colors for dark skin tones
@paintbox

Fire Red

Go bold or go home with a vibrant red shade to complement your skin tone. A slight squiggle in the middle will add dimension.

nail shades for dark skin
@paintboxnails

Aqua Blue

Choose a bright blue like this vibrant aqua hue. If you're feeling spicy, re-create the above by adding a metallic adornment in the center. 

nail designs for dark skin
@paintboxnails

Pastel Pink

Get in line with this season and choose a pastel-colored hue like baby blue or soft pink that'll stand out gorgeously against your skin. 

nail inspiration for dark skin
@paintboxnails

Sky Blue

Pairing a neutral, skin shade like this brown hue with a bright blue will leave the coolest-looking contrast. 

nail colors for dark complexions
@paintboxnails

White

nail colors for your skin tone

White nails look so incredibly chic on dark skin. Add some pizzazz with a sharp, silver cutout design like this. 

nail looks for dark skin tones
@paintboxnails

Chocolate Brown

This modern style shows how playing with lines seamlessly meshes opposite colorways together. Chocolate brown will always look like it was made for dark skin—adding a splash of ocean blue takes this shade up a notch. 

nail looks for dark skin
@paintboxnails

Fuchsia

Redo a classic french manicure with a high-impact shade like fuchsia that'll pop with your complexion.

rainbow nail design
@aliciatnails

Rainbow

A chic rainbow never hurt anyone. Manicurist Alicia Torello flawlessly executed this look with a cheetah-printed tip.

nail inspiration for dark skin
@paintboxnails

Berry

Berry shades will instantly brighten up the look of your nails—especially when mini polka dots are involved.

soft green nail polish
@jinsoonchoi

Soft Green

Have a little fun with colors and tread on this light-green side with a punch of fiery orange on your accent nail. 

nail colors for brown skin
@paintboxnails

Yellow

Add a freshly squeezed–lemon shade into the mix—don't be surprised when you fall in love with this joyful shade. 

beige nail polish
@aliciatnails

Beige

A light nude or off-white shade is ideal for a minimalist. If you want something that leans on the professional side, try this design for your skin tone. 

nail designs for deep skin tones
@chillhouse

Orange

Dive into spring with citrus-inspired nails that'll look especially stunning on deep skin tones. Using the entire spectrum of orange and yellow with cool designs is the way to go. 

nail looks for brown skin
@paintboxnails

Sparkly Metallics

Get festive with metallic shades that run the gamut. As proven, these will shine on your skin.

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

Related Stories