April 23rd, 2010
Beauty, Fashion, Nails
Fashion Bomb 101 : Your Nude Nail Polish Guide for Skin of Color
By The Fashion Bomb Staff

Hey there pretty ladies! Danielle here (heyyyy).

One hot nail look you’ll want to rock this spring is the nude nail. This trend looks absolutely chic (especially on shorter nails) and is a quick and inexpensive way to update your look. Plus it works on every skin tone. The idea is to go with a shade close to your skin tone that has a beige undertone to it. Need some help? Read on for some of my shade suggestions. If you feel like you don’t see your exact skin tone match, go for the category closest to your skin.

If you’re medium skin to olive toned:

Try OPI for Sephora Nail Polish in Nonfat Soy Half Caff, Dior Vernis in Nude Chic, Essie Nail Polish in Mambo, Essie Nail Polish in A Lot of Shekels, Essie Nail Polish in Cool Lots, Essie Nail Polish in Cafe Forgot, Chanel Nail Color in Django, OPI Nail Polish inTickle My Francey.

If you’re light skin:

Try Essie Nail Polish in Mink Muffs, Rescue Beauty Lounge Nail Polish in Opaque Nude, Essie Nail Polish in Eternal Optimist, Essie Nail Polish in Cool Lots, Essie Nail Polish in Cafe Forgot, Essie Nail Polish in Sand of a Beach, OPI Nail Polish in Java Mauve-A, Chanel Nail Color in Inattendu, OPI Nail Polish in Country Khaki

If you’re dark skin:

Try Essie Nail Polish in Mink Muffs, Essie Nail Polish in Over the Knee, OPI Nail Polish in Over the Taupe, Chanel Nail Color in Particuliere, Avon Nail Polish in Nocturnal, OPI Nail Polish in Chocolate Mousse, OPI Nail Polish in Chocolate Shake-speare, Sephora by OPI Nail Polish in Metro Chic

Very deep chocolate skins try Sephora by OPI Nail Polish in In The Shadows, OPI Nail Polish in Mauving to Manitoba, OPI Nail Polish in I’m Fondue of You, OPI Nail Polish in Espresso Your Style, OPI Nail Polish in Can You Tapas This?, and OPI Nail Polish in YDKJ.

Will you be rocking the nude nail? Tell me in the comments :)


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26 Responses to “Fashion Bomb 101 : Your Nude Nail Polish Guide for Skin of Color”

  1. Miss.Jenee says:

    I love this blog by far my favorite!! I wear Chanel Particuliere and it is my favorite NAIL POLISH IN THE WORLD!! I want to get my nails manicured with it everyday!! I wish it was a lil cheaper but you get what you pay for. I am a light brown skin complextion and it fits me sooo well!

  2. Joanne says:

    sadly, i won’t be rockin a nude nail because i don’t like light colors on my nails…but i do have china glaze in fifth avenue and that’s sorta nude, right? lol

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  4. sumnsumn says:

    this is confusing to me if only for the following reason: you’ve split the whole race into light skin/dark skin, and iman is in the darker section. I dunno, because that makes me wonder where i fall because i’m of fair skin but perhaps not as light as your light skin section because i believe most of those ladies are mixed race. where would sanna lathan fall on this scale, i think my skin tone favours hers?

  5. Beelle says:

    I have a dark complexion and I always wear nude colors, however I wear the lighter ones that were suggested for women with lighter complexions…hmmm.
    I still look fabulous though.

  6. Beelle says:

    I’m just a fan of pale pinks, and soft colors on my nail. I’ve never worn the colors that were recommended for my skin tone, but I’m willing to try them out .

  7. Susan says:

    I just got “Brown Bag” from the new MAC collection…go get it ladies…
    Did you see Rihanna’s W cover..she rocked nude nails on the cover, so fierce!

  8. litty says:

    The women in the ligth skin area look black to me…..were would an irish gal fit?

  9. Danielle says:

    @sumnsumn Don’t let the race (or mixed race as you put it) of the celebs pictured deter you—mainly because they’re just there as a guide–it’s skin color you want to look at. As I mentioned, go for a shade of “nude” nail polish that closely matches your skin tone. It’s tough to include every skin tone in these kind of posts (finding celebs who match the skin tones, then finding suitable pics of them to include in the post) and because so many people have their own take on what’s considered light and dark. Also, many of the nail polishes listed in each section can be used on a variety of tones within that “section” (hope that made sense).

    Many of the shades in the “dark skin” section work well on tones that include the skin tone of Sanaa Lathan who you said closely matches your skin tone.

    Hope this helps :)

    @litty You can find a more detailed version of this post that should help you here: http://www.thestyleandbeautydoctor.com/2010/03/nude-nail-polish-guide-for-every-skin-tone/

  10. Danielle says:

    I forgot to add—if anyone ever has any questions, I answer tons of them behind the scenes so please feel free to contact me here: http://www.thestyleandbeautydoctor.com/contact/. I can answer individual questions about makeup colors, product suggestions, and anything beauty related. I’m here to help you be even more fab :)

  11. Anthony says:

    The women in the ligth skin area look black to me…..were would an irish gal fit?

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  15. Shanitahz says:

    omg…the SPAM and race-haters of infiltrated my beloved blog. NOOOOO…I will fight for this site. SN: Great job Danielle. Love the nude look…and lookin to take it to the lips as well as the nails!

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  17. sweetpops says:

    OPI barefoot in barcelona. perfect nude for olive tones.

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  19. Jsmith says:

    Lighter skin tones would have to be er…lighter? Then why bother with the images?

  20. LISA says:


  21. Lola says:

    Finally a nude nail polish for women of color. HIPP x RGB based on makeup foundation colors. Light to dark without hunting through all the names and colors

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  23. confused says:

    Um, your definition of ‘light skin’ is pretty dark. what about us pasty white people??

  24. Carrie says:

    Oh my! I wish i could have legs like those girls !!

  25. Guest says:

    You posters need to shut the hell up. What are you, the skin tone police? Skin tone is subjective so instead of trying to impose YOUR absurd silly views of skin shade categorization, why not focus on the point of this article- getting the perfect nudes. She put up pictures so instead of whining about where your skin tone fell in the categorization skip the semantics and just follow the pics and their recommendations. SMDH!! Freaking unbelievable!

  26. Guest says:

    Light skin is not a competition! Those in the light skin category ARE light skin unless you live in Norway which NONE of you do so enough with the pretence already!

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