The Best Nude Nail Polish for Every Skin Tone

Because one shade does not fit all

Updated 10/03/17
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Jessica Tremp

Finding the perfect nude nail polish for your wedding day can be a lot harder than you think. When it comes to neutrals, the ideal shade complements your skin tone and allows your gorgeous ring stack to stand out—but we're well aware that one shade does not fit all.

When looking for the one, a good rule of thumb is to swipe on a hue that will enhance your undertones. (If the veins on your wrist are blue, you're cool-toned; if they're green, you're warm-toned.) Nude nail polish doesn't mean boring, either. Pick a shade with a subtle hint of shimmer or one that sways on the pink side to liven up your wedding-day mani. Either way, the right neutral nail polish flatters hands, making them appear longer, clean, and effortlessly graceful.

Below, our nude picks by skin tone.

Fair

A delicate pink shade that goes on sheer will look beautiful against porcelain skin.

Vernis Gel Shine & Long Wear Nail Lacquer in Incognito, $27, Dior at Nordstrom

Light

The subtle gray tone in this opaque shade flatters light skin tones with warmer undertones.

The Wild Nudes Collection in Bare With Me, $9, Essie on Amazon

Cool-Medium

A beautiful beige tends to be the most versatile for cool tones, and this one is perfect, with its soft rosy tone.

The Nudes Nail Colour in Tutulle, $50, Christian Louboutin at Sephora

Medium

Courtesy of Smith & Cult

Opt for a peachy nude if you have neutral undertones; the brighter hue will make your nails look long and healthy.

SPACE.NK.apothecary Nailed Lacquer in Ghost Edit, $18, Smith & Cult available at Nordstrom

Warm Tan

A soft caramel shade with dusty-rose tones provides the perfect contrast against tan skin tones while steering clear of "mannequin hands."

Classic Nail Lacquer in Samoan Sand, $11, OPI at Ulta

Caramel

You can't go wrong with a toffee shade when it comes to a perfect pairing for honey skin tones with warmer undertones.

Caffeine Hit Nail Polish in Chai Kiss, $11, Nails Inc. at Sephora

Deep

A rich hue that can bring out the cool undertones on darker skin is the best way to go, but up the ante with a shimmery bronzed color that can turn up your glow. Either way, gorgeous.

Nail Lacquer in Bitter B**tch, $36, Tom Ford at Nordstrom

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