You should see my nail polish collection. It is truly impressive, but perhaps not in the way that you’re thinking. If you’re imagining vampy reds, sparkly metallics, and pretty pastels like the blue in this photo you would be very wrong.
Over the past eight years as a model, I have been on the search for the perfect nude nail polish. Models are typically only supposed to wear nude (and very light pink) polish unless specifically requested otherwise, so my friends and I have tried just about every shade out there in our quest for the ultimate color.
It’s a tricky business, because every shade looks slightly different depending on your skin tone, so a shade that looked perfect on a friend might not do the trick for you. In addition, I like to strike the perfect balance between sheer and opaque shades.
I have grown to love a nude nail, however. It always looks chic and polished, and goes with absolutely any outfit. Here are some of my favorites over the years.
This was my first model polish love. It’s super pale pink (almost white) and has very opaque coverage. This one is probably best on lighter skin tones because of it’s very light undertones.
OPI Bubble Bath.
This shade is a lot more sheer than Fiji, but has a really nice, natural hue. It’s not too pink, and not too nude.
The perfect barely there color that lasts for days without chipping. This one is great on darker skin tones, because it’s subtle milky quality stands out beautifully against tan skin.
Essie Spaghetti Strap.
Almost a blend between Mademoiselle and Fiji. It’s more opaque than Mademoiselle, but still has a nice translucency that complements many skin tones with a slight pinkish/blush hue.
Essie Topless and Barefoot.
My current obsession! This is my go-to nude. It’s almost the exact color of my skin and creates this really beautiful endless line of the hand (kind of like when you find the perfect pair of nude pumps). I love that this color is super neutral and has only very subtle blush undertones.
What do you think of nude nails, and what’s your favorite nude polish?!