How to find the perfect nude nail colour

Anyone can wear a nude polish -  the secret is to find the right colour that complements your skin tone. Here's a guide to finding your signature shade.

Different shades of nude nail polishes spilt out onto a white background

Pale skin - nude pink.

The most flattering neutral for fair skin is a creamy white, with a touch of pink. The reason being it flatters the pink, blue undertones in pale skin. If you like a sheer wash of colour only, apply one coat of colour and two coats of shiny top coat.

Try: Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy in Beginner's Luck, $20. Chanel Long Wear Nail Colour in Ballerina, $42. CND Vinylux Nail Polish in Romantique, $20. Tom Ford Beauty Nail Lacquer in Show Me The Pink, $60.

Medium toned - Soft Pink. 

Your perfect match is a pretty pink nude, the colour of a soft powdery rose. This shade is especially pretty in the summer, when hands get a touch of honey-coloured tan, for a wash of colour aim for two coats, for a more opaque finish, paint on three.

Try: Essie Nail Polish in Ballet Slippers, $24. Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Crème da la Crème, $17. OPI Nail Lacquer in Tutti Frutti Tonga, $20.  Revlon Nail Enamel in Sheer Petal, $18.

Red skin - beige

One creamy pinkish nude is another's yellow beige. So for skin that is high in colour or has a dusting of freckles the best way to flatter, is with a nude polish that has a beige or yellow undertone.

Zoya Nail Polish in Farah, $24. Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Birthday Suit, $17. OPI Samoan Sand, $25. Essie Nail Colour in Master Plan, $23.

Dark skin tones - rose and brown beige

For dark skin, you have plenty of options from a rich peach beige, to a light taupe or chocolate. Your skin tone can handle the widest variety of nudes. The only tone to steer clear of is anything with a grey-beige tint.

Try: Tom Ford Beauty Nail Lacquer in Toasted Sugar, $60. MAC Nail Lacquer in Skin, $22. OPI Nail Lacquer in Over the Taupe, $20. Revlon ColorStay Longwear Nail Enamel in Check Mate, $20.