Wearing nail polish can be a wonderful accessory that will give you that finished, “polished” look. But how do you choose which color to wear, especially when today we have over 10,000 colors on the market to choose from. In earlier years you simply matched your nail polish to what ever color of lipstick you were wearing. But are things still that simple today?
Gone are the days of matching your nail polish to your lipstick. You want to coordinate you nail polish to your lipstick–yes. In fact, you want to coordinate your lipstick to your entire look. But your nail polish is no longer restricted to the color of your lipstick.
For casual day wear, particularly if you are wearing jeans, you can basically wear any color you want to. Your options are unlimited. You can coordinate it with your lipstick if you want to. You can match it or coordinate it to your top.
For an evening look, generally you should match or coordinate your nail polish to your dress. But one can also coordinate one’s nail polish to the tone of your eye shadow. For example, if you are wearing your eye shadow in a smokey eye construction using dark grays or browns, then you should wear any dark nail polish of your choice, like red or berry. If your eye shadow is any color other than dark grays or browns, like plum, then use whatever color offsets your eye shadow. Try burgundy.
While you’re no longer restricted to matching your nail polish to your lipstick, there are a few color rules concerning what colors look best with your skin tone and what season of the year it is.
The Color for YOU
Women with fair skin look great in berries, rosy pinks, sheers, and light pastels. Although, women without any yellow tones in their skin should go for berries and pinks with more blue tones in them, while women with yellow tones should go for berries and pinks with yellow bases.
Women with olive or bronze skin look great in anything with a gold tone like orange-reds, fire-engine red, and yellow-based browns. Avoid anything with a blue base.
Women with olive or dark skin tones look great in the darker colors like red, orange, gold, purple, and other dark colors. Although other cosmetic experts argue that these dark colors also look attractive on very fair skin. Dark browns with shimmer and deep chocolate look really nice on olive skin or dark skin. Orange-reds work very well with black or white clothing.
Personality type also plays a factor in choosing the right nail polish for you. More conservative women will not feel comfortable wearing flashy colors like deep red, hot pink, or sunny yellow. Women who are more outgoing generally prefer to wear more flashy colors and stay away from nudes, pastels, and sheers.
What Season Is It?
Seasons will also dictate what colors are respectable to wear at which times of year.
Fall: Fall is a colorful time of year. The leaves are changing to deep, reds, burgundies, yellows, and browns. In the fall, one should wear nail polish and makeup colors that coordinate with your surroundings. Fall is the time to wear gold, sandy brown, and plum. These colors look great with suede, wools, and tweeds.
Winter: In winter time, think of holly berries. Winter is the time wear deep rich berries like mulberry, cranberry, and even deep reds.
Spring: In spring the blossoms and the flowers are blooming and so are the women! Spring is the time to bring out your pastels like peaches, pinks, and corals. If you’re a more daring person you can try a baby blue or lavender nail polish worn with sheer lip gloss in nudes, light purples, or pinks.
Summer: Summer is a time for glamour. Most women have fun wearing brighter nail polish and lipstick at home, in the office, and on a night out. You can wear sparkly and glittery nail polish on a night out, but be careful not to wear it to the office. At the office, sparkles and glitter says “teenager on vacation!”
Universal Colors: Regardless of what the season is or what your color your complexion is, there are standard colors that look great on everyone, no matter what. Nudes can be worn by any one any time and so can French manicures. They both give a very sophisticated, subtle look.
A Word on Pinks and Pastels:
For those of you who are true pink nail polish fans, here are some words of advice:
1. Never wear pink or pastel nail polish with dark colored clothing. Instead go for a soft red or a rich berry.
2. While pink looks good on most people, you need to be careful about choosing pinks that match your skin tone. Pinks are either yellow or blue based. You can tell if the pink is yellow or blue based by holding the color against you inner wrist or next to a white piece of paper–you’ll be able to see either the yellow or the blue highlights in the color.
3. Blue-based pink shades work best for very fair skin, while yellow-based pinks work best for complexions with more yellow in them, or for darker complexions.
And if you can, switch to a toxic chemical free nail polish brand like Zoya or O.P.I. Enjoy and have fun with your nail polish!