After a week of trying every nail polish under the sun, we've rounded up the best of the best.
There’s nothing worse than spending an hour painting your nails, only to have it looking dull and chipped the next day. First of all, it doesn’t look nice. And second of all, ain’t nobody got time for that. The way to combat this problem? Invest in the best nail polish available.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve tested every nail polish on the market to find out which ones last the long haul. The requisite? They must give great colour with just two layers. Preferably, good colour with just one. The colour also has to look even. None of this dark ends and light cuticles business. They also mustn’t chip easily. Or peel for that matter. And finally, they need to keep their shine or remain matte. There’s no point in painting your nails a lustrous red, only to have it dull down after a day. And there’s certainly no point in painting your nails with a chic matte nail polish, only to have it look dusty AF mid week.
Once you’ve found your ideal formulation, choose the perfect colour for your skin tone too. Unfortunately, when it comes to shades, it’s not a one fits all scenario. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy every colour – especially if you’re a fan of nail art. You just need to choose the right tone out of that family. Don’t know where to start? Here’s a quick guide…
The best nail polish for your skin tone
Best nail polish for fair skin
The best nude nail polish for you is sheer pink, rather than beige (which will look more yellow). If you’re after something classic, go for a cool, blue toned red to brighten up your skin. But if you want something darker, try navy – it a universal colour. For a softer colour, go for pastel purple or a any type of pink – this is the one colour that will work with your skin tone, no matter the intensity or undertones. Generally, polishes with cool silver hues in them work best.
If you want to make your hands look younger, go for a retro pink. And to make them look more tanned, try a deep green. If you want your nail bed to look smaller, try a deep electric blue. And if you want to make your hands look slimmer, go for sheer pink.
Best nail polish for medium to olive skin
Your ideal nude nail polish is beige. Unlike fair skin tones, which look dull when up against beige, medium skin tones can handle this hue without leaving the skin looking washed-out. However, the perfect shade does depend on your undertones. Medium skin with cool undertones, should generally go for deeper hues of beige. On the other hand, medium skin tones with warm undertones should generally go for cooler shades of beige.
Orangey-reds will work best for you – bringing out the warmer tones. As will peachy pinks and sky blue. And if you’re after a darker hue, try a deep grape purple. It’s one of the most flattering colours for this skin tone.
If you want to make your hands look younger, go for hot orange. And to make them look more tanned, try hot coral pink. If you want your nail bed to look smaller, go for a dark grey blue or dark red. And if you want to make your hands look slimmer, go for sheer nude or pink beige.
Best nail polish for tan to dark skin
When it comes to nude nail polish, you can’t go past cream and beige. Both of which work to compliment your skin tone and bring out the warmth. Deep skin tones can also wear both pastel and dark purples. As do all shades of red. But if you’re looking for something that will really bring out the best in your skin tone, go for cobalt blue. You’ll see what we mean when you put it on.
If you want to make your hands look younger, go for something like bright mint. And to bring out the warmth in your skin tone, try lemon yellow. If you want your nail bed to look smaller, go for deep green. And if you want to make your hands look slimmer, go for toffee beige.