If your mission this spring is to find the perfect red polish for your skin tone then look no further. Red polish can take you from boring to bold in a matter of seconds - so finding the right one can definitely help you make a statement. After all, what's a better accessory than a killer manicure?
FAIR SKIN TONES
Red shades with a touch of blue are usually a good choice for people with fair skin. Pale skin tends to have cool undertones, so choosing a shade with similar tones will help complement your skin. A classic crimson or cardinal color create beautiful contrast for fair skinned hands. Generally fair skinned people should stay away from reds with coral or pink undertones as they seem to emphasize redness or splotchy aspects of the skin.
If you have very light or pale skin try a dark, oxblood red. The contrast between the dark hue and your skin tone has a bold, yet beautiful and feminine affect. The contrast will also give your hands the appearance of looking clean and fresh. If you're looking to go even darker than oxblood or crimson try for rich raspberry or deep cherry reds.
POLISHES TO TRY:
OLIVE & MEDIUM SKIN TONES
Olive and medium skin tones are some of the few that look really nice when paired with bright red polishes. Experiment with tangerine or tomatoe colored reds - these can have a really nice affect when paired with the yellow-y green undertones in your skin.
If you're one of the few that is naturally blessed with sunkissed skin year round grab for bright pink and coral-ish reds. These colors that fair skin tones should stay away from actually work really well for those with olive / medium skin tones. Becuase olive and medium skin tones tend to have warmer undertones choosing a red with coral or pink hues can help bring out that nice warmth in your skin.
DARK SKIN TONES
Lucky for those with darker skin tones you can essentially choose almost any color red. If you have darker skin you can really try any of the shades already mentione, but try focusing on finding a polish with some of those coral undertones.
Another hue to focus on is burgundy. Generally darker complexions can't go wrong when they reach for things in the bordeaux family. These deep, luxurious burgundies give really nice contrast to darker skin tones without looking too harsh. If you're not trying to go too dramatic reach for a red with purple hues.
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