The key to picking the right shade is all in identifying your skin tone (check your wrists – if your veins are blue, you have a cool undertone, and if your veins are green, it’s warm). So if you’ve got quite fair, and ‘cooler’ skin (hands up if you even the lightest shade of foundation is still your summer bottle), then a sheer pinky nude is for you, as this will complement the undertones in your skin. For lighter (but not as fair) skin, you can opt for a more opaque formula, and a nude polish with apricot or peachy hues will suit you best, and will work to counteract any redness around the nail bed.
This is how to find the best nude nail polish for your skin tone
Needless to say, we love neutral nails. When faced with a wall of red, blue and coral polish at our mani appointment, somehow our eye always drifts back to the familiar comfort of nude (sort of like putting on your favourite cardi, but a bit more chic). Of course, we know that ‘nude’ is not one-size-fits-all: skin tone varies hugely across the world, and it’s time the nail industry caught up. But there is a shade of polish out there for everyone, so (kind of like colour matching your foundation) we’re here to help you find the ideal colour for you, whatever your skin tone may be.
By Danielle Petch