bright nail polish for tanned skin

These Overlooked Nail Polish Shades Look Amazing on Tanned Skin

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Were you born with beautiful naturally tan skin, or did you just come back from a beach vacation and want to show off that healthy tropical glow? These nail polish shades play off your gorgeous golden undertones.


If you’re used to wearing reds and nudes, now’s your chance to take a few colour risks! Orange is more wearable than most people think. Even if it looks really bright in the bottle, it will work beautifully with your skin undertones and make you feel happy whenever you look at your nails.  

For a bright, summery orange we recommend Revlon Core Nail In Tangerine. For a more mellow sunset orange, try Zoya in Paz

For a trendy shade in keeping with Pantone’s Colour of the Year, try OPI Classic Orange Nail Polish in Hot & Spicy, which as coral undertones.


Be bold, be beautiful, be bright pink! Tanned skin can totally pull off fuschia and other vibrant nail polish colours. A lot of women are afraid that it’s not office-friendly, especially in a very corporate environment, but isn’t that what it makes it a little bit more fun? Go ahead, you rebel you. Wear it on your toenails to satisfy your inner rockstar, or apply it just on your fingertips for a preppy French manicure or Chevron-style nail.

For a daring pink, try Essie in The Fuschia is Bright or the deeper (and very sexy) Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro in Sexyback. Or you can try a deeper shade like Orly in Fancy Fuschia – which lies somewhere between a pink pool cocktail and a sophisticated purple orchid.

Opaque Beige

Think of it as a nude with an attitude. While it’s still a “safe” neutral, wearing it as a thick matte coat gives it a very modern edge. Besides, if you’re going to a buy a nail polish, make it a shade you can wear in many ways. You can apply a sheer coat for a super-natural finish, apply several coats to go totally opaque, or use it very chic nail art combos. (Black and beige and red and beige are Fashion Week staples.)

We recommend  Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail Polish in Chai on Life or a warmer nude like Jin Soon Nail Polish in Nostalgia

You can also wear a deeper mauve shade that matches everything in your closet but still has that special bit of oomph. We like OPI in Tickle me France-y.