Choosing The Right Shade For Your Complexion

Beginner's Tips For Choosing The Perfect Nail Polish Color

There are lots of reasons why you might be overwhelmed at trying to choose a nail polish for your next manicure. Maybe you've finally kicked the nail-biting habit and want to reward yourself with a manicure. Maybe you work a job that required keeping your nails short and paint-free, and you want to paint them temporarily for a special occasion. Maybe you've just never bothered painting your nails before, and now you want to try something new. Whatever the reason, it can be overwhelming to choose the perfect nail polish color for you. Nail polish shades run the gamut from soft, understated pastels to flashy sparkles to trendy multichrome and holographic paints. How can you choose? Take a look at some tips that will help you pick out the right shade for you.

Determine Your Skin Tone

Knowing whether you have a warm, cool, or neutral skin tone can help you when choosing nail polish, makeup, and even clothes. When it comes to nail polish, if your skin is cool-toned, look for light shades of pink or red, or opt for dark colors with blue undertones. Metallics also look great with cool skin, especially silver or gunmetal. If you have warm skin, choose colors with deep red undertones, like grape or berry shades. Golds and blacks work well also. Neutral skin tones can run the gamut of colors.  If you're not sure which type of skin tone you have, now is a good time to learn – the information will definitely come in handy.

You might already have an idea what colors look best on you. For example, if you know you look stunning in silver jewelry and jewel-toned clothes, like sapphire blue and emerald green, then your skin is probably cool-toned. If you look your best in gold jewelry and earth-toned clothes, like deep reds and olive greens, then your skin is probably warm-toned. And if you look great in everything, there's a good chance that your skin has a neutral tone.

However, it's not easy for everyone to tell what colors and metals look best on them. If you're still lost, there are a few tricks that can make determining your skin tone easier for you. Check out the veins on the inside of your wrists – do they look blue, purple, or green to you? Blue or purple veins indicate a cool skin tone, while veins that appear green indicate warm skin tones. If you're not sure, you probably have a neutral tone. Another indicator is your skin's reaction to the sun. If you burn or turn pink with sun exposure, your skin is probably cool-toned, and if you tan easily, you're probably warm-toned.

Complement Instead of Match

At various time, fashion advice has held that your nail polish should match your lipstick, your clothes, your purse, or your shoes. The truth is, though, that the advice to match is largely outdated. Chances are that you're not going to repaint your nails every time you change your shoes or choose a different lipstick (who has that kind of time?) and the matchy look has largely gone out of style anyway. The better choice is to pick a color that complements your usual wardrobe and makeup choices, rather than trying to match exactly. Try a violet nail polish if you wear a lot of yellow, for example.

The exception is when you're going for a very dramatic look. If you want to make a splash at a nightclub, for example, you may want to pair a grape-colored lipstick with a deep purple multichrome nail polish for a striking, eye-catching look. You should go to websites to look over some options. 

Consider the Season

Some colors stand out best during certain seasons. For example, bronzes, golds, and russets are great fall colors that will likely suit your fall wardrobe. Summer is a good time for hot and eye-popping neon and acid shades. Dark colors stand out best during the winter time, and spring is the time to break out the pastels.

Don't be afraid to experiment with your nails – it can take some time to find the look that suits your hands best.