Best Nail Colors For Your Skin Tone

Written by Sierra Hamilton | Reviewed by Linda Simko Last Updated: March 16, 2024

Painting our nails is one of the simplest and easiest ways to add a little something extra to an outfit, or express our personality in a subtle (or maybe not-so-subtle) way. I like to change my polish colors pretty often, especially if they start to chip and don’t look as nice. It’s fun to experiment with a wide variety of colors to see which ones you like better. When you’re trying to decide what colors you want to wear, there are a few things you want to consider. It’s important to find the best nail colors for your skin tone. You want something that will compliment your skin color and undertones. Some colors will make your skin appear darker or paler, etc. so it’s good to know what to look for as you shop for new colors!

Basic Rules of Choosing The Best Nail Colors

When you’re trying to decide what color will be most flattering to your skin, there’s a general rule that many follow. Light colors look best on those with fair skin, medium colors best on medium skin tone, and darker colors tend to look best on dark skin tones. If you’re super worried about making your skin look weird, if you stick to that general rule, you’ll be fine. Some people don’t like to wear colors that will stand out or draw much attention to their nails. If that’s you, then this is a great rule for you to follow!

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However, following that rule can be pretty limiting with your color options, and you could get pretty bored. So let’s explore this a little further and see how far we can expand your options, while still complementing your skin tone.


What Best Nail Colors Should I Paint My Nails?

Colors to Flatter Fair Skin

If you have fair skin, paler colors will definitely be flattering. Light pinksir?t=allsalonprice 20&l=am2&o=1&a=B00SH90TFC, bluesir?t=allsalonprice 20&l=am2&o=1&a=B005XRX55W, and greensir?t=allsalonprice 20&l=am2&o=1&a=B0032K0A1E will give that soft, feminine look which is lovely for the spring and summer months. Pale tones aren’t as seasonal during fall and winter so what sort of options do us pale-skinned girls have?

I’d recommend avoiding black and shades of dark blue or green. They tend to draw too much contrast to the paleness of your skin, making it appear even a bit blue. However, some people really can pull it off and that contrast of the dark with light looks super cool. You really do just have to experiment around with it!

Darker colors like plumir?t=allsalonprice 20&l=am2&o=1&a=B004FGCYXQ and deep wineir?t=allsalonprice 20&l=am2&o=1&a=B00884GYPU color can be absolutely beautiful and very classy looking on pale complexions. I wear these shades a lot through the fall and winter and often get compliments on them.
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Best Nails Colors To Flatter Darker Skin

If you have medium to dark skin, you are blessed with the advantage of being able to wear a wide variety of shades and colors! You can pull off pretty much any color whether you have long or short nails. Lucky you!


Wearing pale colors will offer a beautiful contrast to your skin. Bright colors draw lots of attention if you’re looking to make a bold statement. People tend to think that bright shades look trendy which can be lots of fun for a concert or event. Darker shades will look glamorous and sophisticated. You have so many possibilities!


Honestly, there’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to choosing nail polish colors. Wear whatever color or shade makes you feel confident and comfortable! If you have pale skin and wanna rock the black, you go for it girl! The best thing about nail polish colors is you get to express yourself through them. Be who you are and own it!

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  • Sierra Hamilton

    Hi, I'm Sierra Hamilton, the founder and main author of My journey began as a salon enthusiast, and over time, I came to recognize the challenges many face when comparing services and prices across different salons. Tired of the opaque pricing in the beauty world, I was inspired to launch My mission is simple: to offer a platform where visitors can access accurate and up-to-date price listings for a myriad of beauty services, streamlining the decision-making process. I'm deeply committed to ensuring everyone can make informed and confident choices about where to indulge in their next beauty treatment.

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