Wondering why that silver nail polish you spotted on Selena Gomez looks absolutely horrific on your bronze hands? Not all polish shades are made for everyone. China Glaze educator and manicurist Joy A. Johnson gives you the scoop on how to pick the perfect color for your skin tone. First thing’s first: Know your undertone.
An easy way to find yours? Stand outside in natural light or near a window and look at the underside of your wrist. If your skin has pink, blue, or red undertones, you have cool undertones; skin that looks more golden, beige, or olive is considered warm. Your best shade is more dependent on your undertone rather than your complexion, Johnson says. For example, blue polish can look good on everyone, depending on the shade and tone of the blue. See her suggestions below, and get ready for your sexiest manicure ever.
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Cool undertones with fair skin.
Your complexion is similar to Alexis Bledel’s or Selena Gomez’s. Look for polishes with cool silver hues in them.
Cool undertones with medium skin.
Your complexion is similar to Jennifer Lopez’s or Demi Lovato’s. Go for polishes with cool silver and frost hues.
Warm undertones with tan skin.
Your complexion is similar to Eva Mendes’s or Adrienne Bailon’s.Try polishes with warm black, brown, and golden hues.
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Warm undertones with deep skin.
Your complexion is similar to Zoe Saldana’s or Arlenis Sosa’s. Polishes with rich, warm black hues will complement your skin best.