You may love your nail art as much as the next risk-taker, but there is something timeless and elegant about a classic nude manicure. Unfortunately, finding the right hue to match your skin tone can be a bit daunting. But don’t fret; here are a few tips to help you along the way.
Determine your undertones: Just like clothing is rarely one-size-fits all, neither is nail polish. A great starting point is to determine which of the major skin complexion categories you fall into: fair, medium, olive, or dark. People with the same skin color do not always have the same undertone, so how do you figure out your undertone? The best method is with a simple fabric test to identify the right hue for you. For example, if you look better in white and black, you’re cool-toned. If your appearance is enhanced in brown and off-white, you’re warm-toned.
Meet your match: Whether you want to opt for seamless ‘mannequin hands’ or a shade that is simply complimentary, it all starts with the right color. An easy trick to finding your color is to compare the nail color to your favorite foundation for you face. Bring you foundation bottle to the salon or store to find your exact shade. Again, undertones play a big role. For warm undertones, use nail color that have hints of gold, orange, and red. Alternatively, those with cool undertones should stick to colors with undertones of pink, blue and yellow.
Find the right finish: A layer of shimmery polish is great to add when your manicure is starting to chip while sheers are wonderful for simple clean polished look. You may also use an opaque base to create your own custom hue. The method: Use two coats of opaque polish for a strong, severe nude. For something lighter, use the same opaque as a base to sheers or layer under a metallic for edge.
Prep properly: The beauty of nudes-at-home, is they are often the easiest to accomplish on your own, and are subtle enough to hide imperfect paint jobs. Prep nails pre-polish by filing them in one direction, then gently buff away ridges to avoid uneven coats. The most important step in a long lasting manicure is to make sure your nails are free of natural oils, nail polish remover residue, soap, oils, and lotion before you apply your base coat.
Try a little TLC: A beautiful nude nail extends throughout the entire hand. You can keep your fingers super smooth and glowing by naturally re-surfacing the skin with an at-home hand exfoliator.
Break the rules: The rules of nude and neutral are getting less constrained these days. You can have fun with nudes now, just like brighter colors of nail polish. Don’t be afraid to embrace the ‘new nudes,’ or shades with gray and lavender undertones. Neutral doesn’t always have to be sheer pink or ivory!