What can’t a nude nail polish do? Skin-complementing shades are chic, understated, and elongate your fingers—all at the same time. But not just any nude will do. “If you are a warm undertone, warm nude shades are going to be super complementary to your undertone. If you are a cool undertone, cooler nudes are going to be more complementary. For those with neutral undertones, you can really get away with wearing it all,” says OPI’s North America Education Manager, Sigourney Nuñez. “Of course, polish shades can be a reflection of our mood and are a matter of preference, so it’s totally a choice!” Need some help on that front? Ahead, advice from nail experts on which nude nail lacquers to invest in.
“I personally recommend avoiding a super matchy mani, but if it makes you happy, wear it,” says Nuñez. “A little pop of color, even if it’s a subtle nude shade with a hint of cool pink or hint of warm coral, can spark joy.”
We love that this formula applies pretty sheer and contains biotin to promote nail strength. It will make your nails look polished but not obviously done.
Hadley says a creamy, opaque beige polish looks gorgeous on a tan complexion. “It will show up lighter than your skin and have some contrast with your natural tone,” she says. Her pick is this one from Essie.
With a more medium skin tone, Hadley says mixing beige into your nude will complement your skin tone. You can either do this by going with a pinky-beige color, or a beige taupe color. Her pick is this one from OPI.
Apply just one coat for a sheer wash of rose-nude, two for a more opaque finish that reads even pinker.
One of celebrity manicurist Jin Soon‘s most popular shades, Nostalgia is the ideal pick for elongating fingers and matching with all outfits and occasions.
This classic nude shade from Essie is the perfect mix of beige and cream, making it the ideal nude for fair skin tones. Plus, you can find it on the wall at just about every nail salon.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.