Brace yourselves Fashionistas! You are about to delve into the wonderful world of colour theory. Clashing colours can ruin anybody's would-be favourite look, so it's important to make sure you're matched perfectly from head to toe, especially your nails. If you ever find yourself wondering which shades to choose, just refer to the simple guide to coordinate your outfit to your manicure, and you'll be set!
Complementary colours: When two colours opposite each other on the wheel are mixed to create a neutral, they are deemed complementary. This means that they pair well together, and provide the perfect high-contrast look. We can't say we condone wearing red and green together if it's not the holidays, but you get the idea. Just be careful that the combo isn't too loud—trust your judgment on pairings. Got it? Good.
Analogous colours: Next, let's take a look at a more subdued approach with matching nails and outfits. Analogous colours sit directly next to each other in groups of three along the colour wheel. Many times, mixing them will help you achieve a monochromatic look that will always be easy on the eyes. See? It's not that hard.
Split complementary colours: To find a split complementary colour match, find a pair of complementary colours and choose one. Now, the colours that sit to the left and right of your selected shade are the split complementary colours. Go ahead and mix and match these three to your heart's content.
Now that you've got the basics down, it's time to get serious. While complementary, analagous and split complementary colours will serve you well, you might find yourself seeking a little more variety from time to time.
So let's examine the colour triad. These are colours that form a triangle within the colour wheel, as illustrated by the blue lines above. Like complementary colours, these can sometimes look jarring and a little over-the-top together. To avoid resembling a piñata, try and go with colours that won't fight each other too much. If you take the example above, we'd suggest using a red nail to play up your blue jeans and yellow sandals. The perfect accent!
Tetradic colour schemes, unlike the pairings detailed above, team four colours together. Now’s the time to go into a colour frenzy! These can be found by forming a rectangle within the colour wheel, as shown by our pink lines above. They provide a mix of analogous and complementary hues—ideal for when you're having a little colour indecision, but still want to match. The best part? There are so many ways to match nails to your wardrobe, and the tons of nail polish colours available make it worth the time.