Of all the colors in the world, nude will forever be our favorite. It’s an enduring classic—but make no mistake: nude is never boring, nor is it a singular, pink-toned beige. It’s a beautiful spectrum of tones.
Nudes are effortless; polished, always (making them the perfect nail color for work); and complement any look, no matter your mood. Find a shade that best matches your skin to elongate your nails and you’ll have achieved the ultimate “mannequin” hands. Or, choose one that directly contrasts in shade, but matches your undertone—voila.
A sophisticated statement at your fingertips. Look no further for help navigating neutrals.
Here’s our guide to finding the best nude nail polish for your skin tone:
Best Sheer Neutral:
For an easy, breezy, sheer wash of color, reach for Invisible Crown. This ballet slipper pink has a neutral undertone that suits all skin tones—plus, the hint of pink instantly brightens nails, erasing any discoloration to give your manicure a natural your-nails-but-better finish.SHOP NOW
Best for Porcelain Skin:
For the lightest, pink-toned skin, try Princesss Awaits, a sheer, subtle white infused with shimmer to add light and bring your mani to life.SHOP NOW
Best for Ivory Skin:
Murray Me is a creamy French vanilla. It’s beautiful on fair skin with neutral or warmer undertones, and contrasts beautifully with deeper skin, too.SHOP NOW
Best for Fair Skin:
It's a pink-tinged beige that’s perfectly creamy and oh-so-pretty. Fair—light, pink-toned—skin tones will love Uncovered. So will medium or dark skin tones: the pinky contrast adds a touch of femininity without being too saccharine swaddeet.
The perfect mix of beige, cream, and pink - you just found your new go-to nude polish.
Best for Light to Medium Skin:
Beige with a (literal) pastel apricot pop? Yes please. It’s subdued and cheerful all at once; on medium skin tones, it adds brightness that lifts and softens. On medium to deep tones, it becomes a creamy take on 60s mod.SHOP NOW
Best for Neutral to Olive, Light-Medium to Medium Skin:
Bespoked is pale but warm-toned, pastel pink. Because of its porcelain base, it adds just enough light and contrast to make your nude mani stand out. On deeper skin tones, it’s a softer (but just as bright!) alternative to a stark white.SHOP NOW
Best for Neutral, Light-Medium to Medium Skin:
This is a sheer, rosy nude for light to medium skin. Because of its warm pink undertone, Crowning Crumpet is most flattering on neutral to golden undertones.SHOP NOW
Best for Neutral, Medium Skin:
The Full Monty is a creamy desert sand. It’s beige, but by no means boring, adding sunny warmth to medium skin. (Plus, it complements deeper skin tones beautifully, too.)SHOP NOW
Best for Golden or Olive, Medium Skin:
For warm, medium-toned skin, these are the perfect nudes. Tea Time is a sheer, tanned ecru for a barely-there coat of color.SHOP NOW
Best for Neutral or Golden, Medium to Medium-Deep Skin:
Plié is a sweet, subtle fawn reminiscent of the classic pink-peach ballet slipper. One to two coats delivers creamy pigment that pairs perfectly with warm, medium skin tones.SHOP NOW
Best for Cool, Medium to Medium-Deep Skin:
For medium to medium-deep skin with cool undertones, Café au Lait is the ultimate nude. It’s a creamy taupe—the perfect ratio of milk to coffee—that looks beautiful on light and deep skin, too.SHOP NOW
For Rich, Medium-Deep to Dark Skin:
Pecan Pie is exactly as your imagination suggests: it’s a tawny milk chocolate with depth, featuring burnt orange undertones. Fair skin tones would love this too: it helps neutralize pinkness by adding warmth and depth.SHOP NOW
Best for Dark to Deep Skin:
For dark to rich, deep skin, Mudslide is the best nude. It’s a decadent brown (on the cool side) with notes of taupe.SHOP NOW
Best for Neutral, Light-Medium to Dark Skin:
Tired of beige, but still married to nudes? Try a mauve-y polish to switch things up without stepping outside of your (favorite) comfort zone. Honeymoon is pretty on all skin tones, but especially those with neutral undertones.SHOP NOW
Best for Neutral, Dark to Deep Skin:
This is a rich, purpled taupe made with dark, cool-toned skin in mind. It’s sophisticated, mysterious, and more wearable than you think; lighter skin tones will love this as a softer alternative to black nail polish.SHOP NOW
Best for Cool to Neutral, Deep Skin:
TRUE TO FORM
Dirty purple never looked so chic: it’s a beautiful nude for deeper skin tones and a stunning statement for light to medium skin.SHOP NOW
The LT Team
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