Best Nude Nail Polish For Darker Skin Tones

Best Nude Nail Polishes For Dark Skin Tones

Words: Chinyere Ogwe

When it comes to finding a nude polish, we know how hard it can be to find suitable shades for darker skin tones. One shade doesn’t fit all and some colours can look too pale or grey on dark skin. Looking for the right tone can feel like shopping for foundation or concealer, it can be frustrating. So we enlisted the help of celebrity manicurist Emma Welsh for tips on how to choose wisely.

Finding the right match

“Start with looking at the shade of your skin, I always like to place the polish bottle on the wrist of a client, it gives me an indication of a match. If my client is looking for a brightening fresh look, then I go for sheer colours like Chanel Le Vernis in Ballerina it’s great and works with all skin tones.
Some of us need to cover up blemishes on the nails, if I need full coverage then I’ll use opaque colours. Nails Inc have recently launched a great selection of nude polishes suitable for all skin tones, Pont Street is a great opaque polish.”

Skin tones vary from person to person and nail polish shades are down to personal tastes but if you have dark skin like Lupita for instance, then “I would recommend Nails Inc Chalcot Square. It’s elegant and gives a great even tone when applied. If you’re skin tone is similar to Solange’s then I like Vinylux Cashmere Wrap it has a lovely creamy colour. I’m using a lot of CND at the moment as they dry fast, they’re a great price and they’re long lasting, a must for my kit! If your skin tone is like Priyanka Chopra’s then go for the Chanel Le Vernis in Ballerina it’s a very light-sheer pink that gives a natural finish.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Polish in Ballerina
CND Vinylux nail polish in Cashmere Wrap and NailsInc nail polish in Pont Street
Nails Inc nail polish in Chalcot

Nude shades that are deep and rich or with hints of colour such as pink hues, espresso tints, warm golden undertones or hints of shimmer are also great options for subtle nail colours,  for more options see our additional recommendations below.

More options

Barry M Nail Paint in Bespoke is a classy lilac-nude polish, with a long-lasting and quick drying formula this shade is great if you’re looking for a light-coloured polish for the summer.

Clothing Optional from Essie is a nice choice if you want understated but chic.

For a brand that is 12 free (free from the 12 harmful chemicals usually found in nail varnishes), vegan, cruelty, gluten free and Halal certified, NAILBERRY have an impressive range of colours. Honesty is a creamy dark beige that also contains breathable technology that promises to keep your nails healthy.

Get salon professional nails without the price tag with Rimmel London Super Gel in Trust You. A fast-drying formula, Trust You is a purple-nude shade that will have your nails looking salon perfect in no time.

OPI Nail Lacquer in Shh…It’s Top Secret for a deep brown shade lacquer that is both elegant and dramatic at the same time.

Barry M nail polish in Bespoke and Essie nail polish in Clothing Optional
Nailberry nail polish in Honest and Rimmel nail polish in Trust You
OPI nail polish in Shh Its Top Secret

Words: Chinyere Ogwe
Collage: Lena Sipilova