The Perfect Nude for Every Skin Tone

The Perfect OPI Nude Nail Polish Shade for Every Skin tone
  • The Perfect OPI Nude Nail Polish Shade for Every Skin tone

    For years, there has been a debate on how to choose the right nude nail color for your skin tone. Some say it’s going a shade darker or lighter than your skin, while others say it should mirror your fingertips. While we don’t believe there are rules when it comes to wearing color, we do believe in helping you find your most flattering personal shade of nude. To help you, we created a guide with light, medium, and deeper skin tones in mind so you can find the best nude nail polish color to compliment you all year round.

    Before you begin, you’ll need to know if you have warm, cool, or neutral undertones. To find out, take a look at your veins. If they’re green to olive, you have warm undertones, which often look best with gold accessories. If they’re blue-green, you are neutral which pairs well with rose gold, and if they err on the side of blue-purple, you’re cool, which looks great with silver. Read on to see our nude nail color picks for your skin tone, as well as what types of accessories flatter you best.

    1. OPI Light Skin Tone

       

      If you have light skin with blue or purple undertones, you’ll want to reach for soft pinks like Mod About You or Put it in Neutral. For blueish-greenish undertones, a peachy shade like Mimosas for Mr. & Mrs. or a warmer pink like You’ve Got That Glas-glow will stand out – pair these shades with rose gold accessories, a metal that’s always flattering for this undertone. Olive undertones can opt for warmer hues like Tiramisu for Two.

      Shop Cool Shades:

      MOd about you   Baby Take a vow

      passion  Put it in neutral

      Shop Neutral Shades:

      Mimosas for Mr. & Mrs.   You’ve Got That Glas-glow

      It’s Ashually OPI
       

      Shop Warm Shades:

      Bare my soul   Tiramisu for Two 

      YOU DON’T KNOW JACQUES!    A clay in the life

      Sweet heart
       

    2. Light Medium Skin Tone

       

      Light medium-toned skin with cool undertones not only look great with silver jewelry and nail shades like Taupe-less Beach, a soft gray with subtle hints of lavender. Blue-green undertones can go cool with Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around or warm with Somewhere over the Rainbow Mountains, while shades like Coconuts Over OPI will look flawless on olive-green undertones.

      Shop Cool Shades:

      Taupe-less Beach   Baby Take a vow

      passion   Put it in neutral

      Shop Neutral Shades:

      Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around   

      Somewhere over the Rainbow Mountains 

      Shop Warm Shades: 

      Coconuts Over OPI    A Clay in the Life 

      Sweet heart

       

    3. Medium SkinTone

       

      Put it in Neutral and Passion are favorites of ours for skin tones with cool undertones – pinky beiges will always flatter you. Blue-green undertones will look best with warm shades like Krona-logical Order and Somewhere over the Rainbow Mountains, while opaque creme polish will perfectly flatter warmer toned skin – this undertone and shade also look great with gold accessories.

      Shop Cool Shades:

       Baby Take a vow   passion

       Put it in neutral

      Shop Neutral Shades:

      Krona-logical Order   Somewhere over the Rainbow Mountains 

      Lisbon wants more OPI 

      Shop Warm Shades:

      Samoan Sand    A Clay in the Life

      My Vampire is Buff

       

    4. Medium Deep Skin Tone Assets

       

      Baby pink shades like It’s a Girl! or a gentle wash of buff like Coconuts Over OPI looks great on medium-deep tones with blue and purple undertones. Neutral undertones will look great with a dove beige color like Icelanded a Bottle of OPI and rose gold rings, while Samoan Sand is a stunning warm nude nail color for skin with olive-green undertones.

      Shop Cool Shades:

       Coconuts Over OPI    passion

       Put it in neutral   It’s A Girl

      Shop Neutral Shades:

      Icelanded a Bottle of OPI   

      Somewhere over the Rainbow Mountains 

      You’ve Got That Glas-glow   Let's Be Friends!  

      Shop Warm Shades:

      Samoan Sand   My Vampire is Buff

      A Clay in the Life

    5. OPI Deep Skin Tone Shades

       

      Deeper toned skin with cool blue-purple undertones are always flattered by rich shades of rosy pink, like Tickle My Francey or Passion – complete the look with silver stacking rings or bracelets. If you have blue-green undertones, opt for bright, pinky nudes like Tagus in that Selfie, but if you’ve got olive undertones, a rich chestnut shade like My Italian is a Little Rusty is always a good look.

      Shop Cool Shades:

       Tickle My Francey   passion

       Put it in neutral    It’s A Girl

      Shop Neutral Shades:

       Somewhere over the Rainbow Mountains   

      You’ve Got That Glas-glow 

       Tagus in that Selfie    

      Shop Warm Shades:

       My Italian is a Little Rusty   My Vampire is Buff 

       A Clay in the LIfe

       

    6. Show us how you wear your perfect nude nail colors and tag #ColorIsTheAnswer for a chance to be featured on our Instagram. 

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