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. Thankfully, widely inclusive color options make finding shades that suit your skin tone fun. Practically every day, another new nail shade launches. And brown-skinned beauties, there are so many 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 seamless. Rejoice: We lucked out in this category (it's 2021, 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. 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 suit your skin just right. Push yourself out of your nail comfort zone and feast your eyes on these 30 fun nail colors that look amazing on dark skin tones.
Go bold or go home with a vibrant red shade. A slight squiggle in the middle will add dimension and intrigue. Use precisely applied tape to achieve this negative space style.
Choose a bright blue like this vibrant aqua hue. If you're feeling spicy, recreate the above by adding a metallic adornment in the center for an edgy finish.
Stand out this season and choose a pastel-colored hue, like baby blue or soft pink, that will look gorgeous against your skin.
Pairing a neutral skin shade like this brown hue with a bright blue will make for the coolest-looking contrast.
White nails look incredibly chic on dark skin. Add some pizzazz with a sharp, silver cutout design like this.
This modern style shows how playing with lines seamlessly meshes opposite colors together in the best way. Chocolate brown will always look like it was made for dark skin—adding a splash of ocean blue takes this shade up a notch.
A light peach shade gives nails a nice wash of muted color. Add as many accents as you like, but seriously, the peachy tone here looks fantastic.
Redo a classic French manicure with a high-impact shade like fuchsia, which will pop with your complexion.
A chic rainbow never hurt anyone. Go simple by painting a different vibrant color on each nail, or get creative with a fun design.
Berry shades will instantly brighten up the look of your nails, which are made especially sweet when mini polka dots are involved.
Neon yellow makes a chic statement, as shown in this classic mani. The bright hue is almost out of this world and garners a second glance.
Shades of Sand
Not sure which neutral color you want to wear on your nails? Try them all. A range of sandy shades look creative and classic all at the same time.
Add a freshly squeezed lemon shade into the mix, and don't be surprised when you fall in love with this joyful look.
A neutral caramel shade is ideal for a minimalist and looks especially great against matching accessories. If you want something that leans on the professional side, go for a simple, glossy finish.
Orange You Lovely
Dive into spring with citrus-inspired nails that look especially stunning on deep skin tones. Using the entire spectrum of orange and yellow with cool designs is the way to go.
Get festive with metallic shades that run the gamut. As proven with the foil design here, these are sure to shine on your skin.
Looking for nails that will make the ultimate statement this season? This fiery color blends highlighter nostalgia with fresh, fruity vibes for a nail look that really pops against dark skin tones.
A simple burgundy shade is a classic for colder weather and evening affairs, but we say you should embrace how it pops against a darker skin tone any time you want.
Pastels All Around
Try out any pastel hue for an extra sweet look, or combine all your favorites for a multi-colored mani that's perfectly suited for spring. We love the use of wavy lines and white polish here to create an artsy look.
A chrome hue like this one has flecks of gold and silver woven throughout the polish for a standout manicure that matches whatever jewelry you're wearing that day.
Sure, this design doesn't paint your whole nail in an earthy wash of color, but as you can see, the deep green, mustard, and earth-toned accents look seriously divine against partially bare nails.
Light Pink and Metallic
Sheer pink is universally gorgeous, but we especially love how this translucent blush iteration, complete with a raw stripe of metallic pink across the middle, looks against a deep skin tone.
It's classic for a reason. This shade exudes elegance and makes a statement every time, and we love how the white stripe makes cherry red pop even more against partially bare nails and a rich skin tone.
Sometimes you need your nail polish to match your all-black outfit, and a glossy finish of the classic shade looks stunning against a deep skin tone. Find your favorite formula and turn to it whenever you need an easy yet put-together mani.
Gold and Peach Brushstrokes
We showcased a punchy peach earlier, but this design takes it to the next level by mixing a white base with black standout lines, plus additional peach and gold detailing. The whimsical brushstrokes look like a painter's palette in nail art form.
Lavender is a gentle, whimsical shade we can't help but return to again and again. Lavender oil has serious calming properties, but we can say even the color leaves us feeling pretty relaxed. It's got it all—a minimalistic design, an eye-catching color choice, and a hint of colorful sparkle to seal the deal.
Rich colors of any shade know how to shine, and we love how this cheery blue looks in a marbled finish.
Spin a color wheel and choose your favorite shade. Better yet, combine a few, like this manicure that pairs classic red and yellow with pale pink for nostalgic art-class vibes.
Silver and Gold
This futuristic, negative-space design incorporates muted silver and gold tones for a standout look. It's not exactly the bright shimmer you'd expect, but there's something subtle and classic about the mixed metals here, and honestly, we can't look away.