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How to Choose Nail Polish Colors

How to Choose Nail Polish Colors

There have been many times I’ve taken a photo for my blog and realized that my hands looked awful. No matter how many manicures or beautiful nail polish colors I’ve chosen, there would be that one photo that simply made my hands look horrible. I wasn’t sure if it was the lighting or the angle, but I knew I had to find a way to make my hands look better in photos. That’s when I learned a few tips for picking the best nail polish color for your nails. Today I’m sharing those tips to help you have beautiful hands with every photo. We hope that this How to Choose Nail Polish Colors post inspires you. 

How to Choose Nail Polish Colors

How to Choose Nail Polish Colors

Want your hands to look younger?

If you feel that your hands look like “old lady” hands and want to make them appear a bit younger-looking, you will have to think about your skin tone. If you have a medium toned skin then opt for a bright coral orange. Olive skin tone hands should go for a rich, hot color, such as a bright orange. If you have a darker skin tone then a mint blue will make those hands look younger. Lastly, if you find yourself with a fair skin tone then your best nail polish match to make your hands look younger will be a soft, blush-colored pink.

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Want your hands to look beautiful?

If you’re simply looking for a nail polish color that makes you love your hands in every photo, then you should learn to match nail polish to your skin tone. Darker skin doesn’t look good with nude shades, but you can opt for pastel colors if you prefer a lighter shade of nail polish. Pink nail polish is a color that matches well with any skin tone. You’ll want to match a shade of pink that is recommended for your skin such as a bright pink for darker skin, a peachy shade of pink for medium skin, or soft pink for pale skin tone.

How to Choose Nail Polish Colors

Want your hands to look tanner?

If you’re looking to make your hand appear as if you’ve been in the Caribbean recently then you’re going to love these nail polish tips. For those with fair skin opt for a deep, ocean green. Darker skin tones should go for the creamy yellow shades. Medium skin tone will look tan with a coral pink nail polish. Lastly, the olive skin tone will need an eye-popping orange shade to make your hands appear tanner. The key to making your hands look tanner is to opt for any colors that give your hands a bronze look. This may take a little bit of trial and error to get the perfect nail polish color.

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Want your hands to look slimmer?

Lastly, I wanted to know how to make my hands appear slimmer. I was amazed at how easy it is to find a shade of nail polish that magically slims down my hands. A super sheer pink shade of nail polish will slim down your hands if you have a fair skin tone. A pink-tinged beige shade goes well to slim down your olive skin toned hands. If you have a medium skin tone then opt for more of a subtle, sheer tan nail polish. Dark skin tones can use a toffee shade for optimal slimming of your hands in photographs.

There you have it a few simple ways to adjust your nail polish color and make your hands pop! Whether you’re looking for a specific change, such as making your hands slimmer, tanner or just want to have those beautiful, younger looking hands, these nail polish tips will surely help you succeed in having dazzling hands with every photograph. We hope that this How to Choose Nail Polish Colors post inspires you. Happy painting!

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  1. I always struggle with nail polish ideas and I love this – I hadn’t though about how different polish can make your hands look I’m totally trying some of these out!

  2. This is a great read. Great advice for those who are reluctant about nail polish selection.

  3. I never even thought about how nail polishes can affect the way hands look. I just pick a pretty color and go with it. I’ve been doing it wrong all this time lol. I’ll have to be more mindful when choosing a color from here on out.

  4. Pam

    I have never thought that he nail polish I picked could make my hands appear slimmer. That’s good to know.

  5. I love to paint my nails and with fair skin, I’m always looking for a good color. I love the color purple especially.

  6. I just usually pick whatever suits my mood for the time being so I really never thought about the colors! I think this is a cool guide for people like me. I appreciate it very much, thanks!

  7. Annemarie LeBlanc

    I never knew certain nail polish colors can have an effect on slimming or making my hands look younger. I love any shade of red for nail polish. But now, with this new information, I will have to other colors to achieve the effect I want.

  8. Mary Edwards

    i never thought about color affecting the way my hands look as far as age and thinness LOVE all these ideas. Going to try it out and see if they look younger

  9. Peter

    Wow. I am going to give this to my wife and two older daughters. I had no idea.

  10. Becca Wilson

    I have never been really great at picking out nail colors. This is some really great advice!

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