Dark vs. Light Nail Polish

The right shade of nail polish will complete your look.

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Feeling dark and mysterious, or lighthearted and carefree? The convenience of nail polish lets you change the color on your fingertips easily to reflect any mood or style. If you want to look enchanting for an evening soiree, choose dark polish. To match a summer sundress, go with a light polish.


Darker nail polishes seem to show up in cool fall and winter months, while lighter polish is made for rocking under the spring and summer sun. During cold months, paint your nails with a sophisticated shade of black, midnight blue or eggplant to coordinate with a dark sweater dress and knee-high boot ensemble. Switch to a lighter shade of pink or another pastel color when you slip into summer dresses and shorts.


Change from dark to light polish or vice versa to reflect special occasions. If you're attending or are in a wedding and want to paint your nails to match your frothy frock, choose a candy-colored hue such as pink or yellow. Paint your nails with a dark red or blue color before heading out on a late-night dinner date or to a party.

Skin Tone

Although you're free to wear any nail polish color you desire, certain hues blend better with different skin tones. If you have a warm skin tone, such as honey or olive, chocolate brown and orangy red shades were made for you. Fair-skinned maidens can't go wrong with sheer pink, mauve or burgundy nail polish.

Nail Condition

Before choosing a dark polish color, consider the condition of your nails. Dark nail polish will emphasize any nail problems, such as ragged cuticles, breaks or unevenness, while light colors will hide them. Also, dark nail polish colors are more high-maintenance than their light-hued counterparts, as they tend to show chips and nicks more easily.

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