The nail polish color you choose to put on your finger and toe nails can either make your hands and feet look pretty and dainty, strong and confident, or do nothing for them. So, how do you choose nail color that fits you? You pay attention to the color of your skin and choose nail polish colors accordingly. Skin is basically made of the three primary colors, red, yellow and blue. The color that dominates your skin decides whether you have a warm or a cool complexion.
Nail Length. Long nails can show off bright colors well. They can also make the fingers look like claws if the color’s too extreme. A soft, nude can elongate fingers with short nails. Bright red on short nails can make the hand look stubby. Opi has a “Try It Out” page that lets you test out different colors on different length nails.
Occasion. Certain occasions call for definite color schemes. Your wedding, for example, is probably a time to think pastel. Business meetings have a different vibe. If you don’t want to call attention to your hands, a pale neutral is the perfect color.
Choose Based On Your Lipstick Color. One way to determine what shades of nail polish will work with your skin tone is to choose nail color based on the colors that flatter your lips. If you look great in russet shades of lipstick, chances are this color will look good on your nails. Look through your lipstick inventory and see if colors that coordinate with your lip colors will work for you.
Fair Skin Tones. One of the best things about having a pale skin tone is that you are able to wear some of the shades that others could never pass off. Some of the different nail polish colors that you are lucky enough to get away with wearing include red, light-medium shades of purple and bright pink.
Medium Skin Tones. If your skin tone is medium, you will want to look very bright, vibrant colors. Also try to look for nail polishes which look a bit on the metallic side. The reason is because these shades of nail polish will make your medium skin tone appear tanner than it really is. Some of the shades that you will want to opt for include bright shades of pink, blue and orange.