10 Tips for Picking the Right Nail Polish Color


3. Choose based on skin tone

Have you ever borrowed a friend’s gorgeous new shade, only to realize that, on your hands, it looks completely different and decidedly less gorgeous? That’s because skin tone plays a big role in choosing a flattering shade of nail polish. As a general rule, dark shades make skin look lighter, while pale shades make skin look darker. That’s why that fuschia that looks awesome in the summer makes your hands look too pale in the winter. Undertones have a lot to do with it, too. Some skin tones look best with polish that has blue undertones, while some skin looks better with orange undertones. A quick way to tell is to test an orangey-red on one hand and a bluish-red on the other; you’ll be able to tell right away which is more flattering.

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