Here's The Perfect Nude Polish For Your Skin Tone

by Miki Hayes

One of the best ways to get an easy and chic mani is with a nude polish. The only problem can be finding the perfect nude nail polish for every skin tone. And if you're familiar with the struggle of finding your perfect nude lip, you'll know why. It's not just about finding a shade that is roughly light or dark enough. The undertone and finish of a polish can really make or break a nude mani.

But even though the hunt can be likened to shopping for jeans (which, let's be honest, isn't always fun), having that perfect match is totally worth it. Not only can a nude mani make your fingers look longer, but also tip-wear isn't as obvious as with a bright polish, so you can go longer between touch-ups. If that's still not enough reason, a nude mani also transcends seasonal trends and goes with every outfit so you'll never have to worry about keeping up with the vamps and neons or clashing with your top. And whether you're fair and cool-toned or deep and warm-toned, there's a polish option that will give you that perfect, nude manicure. Here are 12 of those options to try:


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Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Polish, $18, Sephora

This pale, pink sand looks seamless against porcelain skin.

Fair Neutral

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OPI Nail Lacquer in Stop It I'm Blushing!, $10, Amazon

Fair skin tones will totally rock this beige, peachy-pink.

Light Pink-Beige

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JINsoon Nail Polish in Nostalgia, $18, Amazon

Those with light skin and pink undertones will find this polish a perfect match.

Light Beige

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Sonia Kashuk Nail Colour in In The Flesh, $5, Target

Perfect for light skin-tones with a neutral to warm undertone.

Light-Medium Neutral

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Essie Gel Couture Ballet Nudes Nail Polish in At The Barre, $12, Amazon

Even though this polish looks rather peachy in the photo, it's actually a neutral beige that is well-suited for light to medium skin tones.

Beige Tan

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Smith & Cult Nail Color in Honey Hush, $18, Saks Fifth Avenue

This shade looks beautiful on medium skin with a neutral to warm undertone.

Olive Tan

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Burberry Nail Polish in Camel No. 109, $22, Bloomingdales

This shade has a strong yellow undertone to perfectly match a warm, medium-tan.

Light Yellow-Brown

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Zoya Nail Polish in Flynn, $10, Amazon

Tan skin with warm undertones will love this yellow-toned, medium brown.

Rosy Light-Brown

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Orly Nail Lacquer in Coffee Break, $7, Amazon

This light-brown hue has a rosy undertone perfect for cooler-toned skin.

Warm Chocolate

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Floss Gloss Nail Lacquer in Blood Suede & Tears, $8, Amazon

This rich chocolate hue will meld perfectly with dark skin with warm undertones.

Neutral Brown

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Christian Louboutin The Nudes Nail Colour in Zoulou, $50, Nordstrom

A neutral-toned, medium brown makes a great nude mani for medium to deep skin tones.

Cool Espresso

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NCLA Los Angeles Nail Lacquer in Model Behavior, $16, Derm Store

This dark brown is just the ticket for neutral to cool, deep skin-tones.

So chic.