There is something about the color red that just screams sexy, powerful and oh so chic. This theory also trickles down to nail polish. Red nail polish is the most popular color. It is generally flattering on all complexions, but there are different reds for every skin tone. Check out the best types of red nail polish to complement lovely dark skin.
Red Polish 101
True red is appropriate for all seasons, so there is always a time to show it off -- though some red shades are better in particular seasons. Red polish is heavily pigmented, so it can yellow your nails. You should always wear a base coat to protect your nails and help your color adhere better. There are all types of red nail polish, from yellow-based and blue-based, to those that have elements of orange and pink. Red always stands out, though, so don't clutter it by wearing too many accessories on your fingers or wrists.
It's no secret that bright colors look stunning on dark complexions because, unlike fairer skin tones, those with a darker hue are not overpowered by a vibrant shade. This is why bright red, or true red, pops against a darker complexion, making the color seem even brighter than it actually is. Quick tip: although the temptation may be great, resist the urge to wear the same shade of lipstick as your bright red nail color. The result is overkill and too matchy. Instead, opt for red lipstick two shades darker or mixed with another color.
If bright red isn't vivid enough for your dark skin tone, then a feisty orange-red nail color should do the trick. The merging of the two colors will make your dark complexion seem even deeper and more sun-kissed. Since orange-red is along the brighter end of the red polish family, it's best worn during the warmer months of the year.
Not all red nail polish has to be vibrant and eye-catching. Some reds are decidedly more subtle in their color delivery. Such is the case with burgundy, which contains elements of brown combined with the deep, dark crimson shade. Burgundy polish may not pop as much against your dark complexion as other reds, but creates more of an understated look. Burgundy is best worn in the winter months and with corresponding earth tone-colored clothing.