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How to Pick the Perfect Nude Nail Color

03/28/2016

 

You’ve probably seen a bottle of RGB nail polish on Instagram, in the hands of some model or editor or, well, just a girl with really great nails. And, chances are, that bottle is either a perfect rendition of a classic color, like cherry red, or some form of nude that somehow vibes perfectly with the skin of the person holding it, whether it’s olive-y, caramel-y, milky, or chestnutty. But how to get the just-right shade for your magical hue? It’s kind of like choosing a tinted moisturizer or concealer—but we’ll let RGB founder Gina Carney flesh things out.

 

FIGURE OUT WHETHER YOU'RE HOT OR COLD

“Skin tone is a good place to start. The simple way to tell: Check the veins on the inside of your wrist. If they skew blue or purple, you're probably cool-toned. Warm-toned women tend to have veins in shades of greens.​”

 

USE A COLOR SWATCH

“Still can’t quite tell? Another trick for finding your true nude: Instead of comparing the polish to your actual skin, take your foundation or face powder, spill some out if you want, and match to that color. It’s easier to match bottle to bottle or bottle to compact than it is bottle-to-skin.”

 

MAKE YOUR PICK—DO IT!

“If you’re cool-toned, look for neutrals with those blue- and red-based undertones to complement your complexion. Warm tones should instead gravitate toward yellow- and ivory-based beiges and pinks.”

 

LET YOUR NAILS LEAD THE WAY

“If all else fails—or you have to pick something on-the-spot in a salon—try to go for a hue that’s similar to the color of your nail beds. It’s pretty hard to go wrong if you do that.”

 

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