In 2013, Christian Louboutin launched a collection of nude shoes that came in five different shades, saying he believes every woman should have at least one pair of shoes that closely match her skin tone. "The shoes are there to give the woman an extra lift, not to take attention away from the legs and what she is wearing," the designer said in an interview with Glamour. "They disappear like magic and become a fluid extension of her legs, as in a sketch, elongating the silhouette." This same concept can and should be applied to nude polish.
"The key to finding a good nude for you isn't to find a match to your skin tone. It's to find a complement," says celebrity manicurist Miss Pop. "Look for a tinted pinky, peachy, sandy, or creamy nude. When in doubt, try a neutral like gry or beige or their lovechild, greige." Miss Pop also recommends going lighter and brighter than your natural skin tone to highlight the richness of your color.
"You want something exciting. Nude does not just have to be beige; it can be anything," says celebrity manicurist Michelle Saunders. Nudes come in a range different shades and tones, so finding the right one for you can seem overwhelming. That's why we asked Saunders for her input on what shades of nude polishes go best with certain skin tones.
Scroll down to see what nude polish matches best with your skin.
Saunders says that a blend of beige and cream with a hint of the lightest pink complements lighter skin tones. Her pick is Essie's Topless & Barefoot.
We love this neutral shade from Tom Ford that goes on pretty sheer, with a subtle hint of pink.
Saunders says to look for an opaque, medium pinkish nude with a touch of coral. Our pick is Jin Soon's Nostalgia. It's a gorgeous pink beige that really elongates the fingers.
This pinkish nude is such a lovely delicate color. Plus, it's pretty long-lasting and gives you ultimate shine.
Saunders says a gorgeous light tan with a wash of white helps brings out the warmth in all skin tones, but especially with those who are tan. Her pick is Essie's Wild Nude.
We love Smith & Cult for more than the really cool packaging. This shade brings out the warm tones in tan skin, like Saunders said, when looking for a good nude. You get smooth coverage and high shine.
Saunders believes a blend of beige, cream, and pink is perfect those with dark skin tones. You want to look for something that is opaque but still has coverage. Our pick is Sally Hansen's Brown Nose. Plus, you get nails that won't chip for 10 days, which is pretty incredible.