The hue you wear on your nails for your wedding might seem like a small detail amid all of the other things that you have to decide on, like wedding invitations, flowers, a venue and a photographer. But this minute detail can be the perfect finishing touch on your beautiful bridal ensemble. Many brides opt for a nude shade on their nails because it coordinates well with a number of color palettes. It’s also extremely fresh, modern and sophisticated. However, different skin tones call for a different nude hue.
Determining your skin tone
Some women aren’t sure what shade their skin falls under, and that’s OK. Here are a few ways to tell which category your skin best matches:
Tanning: If your skin tans easily when you’re out in the sun, it’s likely that you have a warm, olive tone. This type of skin contains melanin, which is what contributes to it’s richer color. On the other hand, if your skin does burn quite easily, your skin likely has less melanin, and therefore may fall under a fair or light skin tone.
Neutral: If you don’t fall under the light or dark category, your skin may be neutral. Those with this color skin often have an easy time picking out foundations and powders to match their skin. Neutral hued skin won’t have any undertones of pink or olive.
Look at your veins: Another way to determine skin tone is to look at the color of your veins. If they’re blue or purple, you have cool or fair colored skin. If your veins are green, it’s likely that you fall under the warm-toned or olive skin color.
Look for a nude nail polish that has undertones of purple or pink, much like your skin. This is the shade that best complements your color. Stay away from anything that is going to make your hands look washed out, like dark beiges. For example, Essie has a nail polish called “Don’t Sweater It” that contains the perfect mix of purple and nude.
Those with medium skin should look for nail polishes with a peachy hue. It’s a little bit darker than the pinkish polishes. Nail polishes with shades of gray or a metallic undertone also blend well with medium skin. Try OPI’s “Berlin There Done That.”
Coffee-colored nudes look great with dark skin. Polishes should have undertones of orange or yellow. SpaRitual has a nail polish that evokes a latte-like color called “Back to Your Roots.”
Will you be rocking nude nails down the aisle? Share your thoughts with us!