What Color Nail Polish Goes Good With Fair Skin?

Blue-ish pinks work well on fair skin.

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While some ladies put on whatever nail polish color is on trend without a second thought, others put polish color through the same paces as any other makeup. The right hues work better with your skin tone so you look polished and classy. Fair-skinned divas can enjoy so many polish colors that finding shades that complement the skin is fun and easy.

Light Hues

Light, flirty shades of pink and red are a must for spring and summer, and luckily you get your cream of the crop! Choose light pinks, such as pastel and rose, medium pinks such as coral or fuchsia or deep, almost-red pinks. While any level of pink will look good, the shades that work the best for fair skin have a blue -- not yellow -- undertone. Hold the polish against the inside of your wrist to check its undertones before you splurge.

Bold Hues

Fair-skinned ladies can rock tons of bold colors. Wine and berry hues look smoking, so try reds and purples in medium-dark shades. Glimmery chocolate browns with a hint of gold offer you a way to play up the metallic trend while still flattering your skin tone. If you feel the urge to go blue, look for shimmery shades in the medium blue family, not too navy.

Colors to Avoid

Fair skin can look goth if you go too dark on the hue spectrum or if you do black polish. Dark blue and hunter green also look too loud against your skin. Avoid gold metallic shades, which can look gaudy, as well as yellows and greens that will bring out the pinkness of your skin.


If you play up a hue that clashes with your skin tone, even subtly, you can look pale or washed out. If you're not super sure how a hue will look when dry, or want to use a less-than-ideal color for nail accents, test it out on one nail first. Finally, if there's a hue you totally love but it doesn't work with your fair skin, use it to grace your toenails with a pedicure in any season but summer. That way, you alone get to enjoy the hue when you're padding barefoot around at home.

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