Let’s Get Naked: Modern Nude Nail Colors

January 23, 2015  |  

It’s all about the nails these days as our digits have become a fashion statement on their own. We adorn them with any and every color under the rainbow, as well as nail wraps, glitter, studs…you name it! There’s more power in those fingertips than you think. You may be wondering, “Is there any nail polish color that is off limits”? The answer is no, but after so many seasons of complex designs and a myriad of hues, witness the return of a trend so present over the years, yet so discrete in shade that you may have looked it over – the nude nail.

Ladies, we can ditch high-maintenance nail art for a subtle, sophisticated mani-makeover. Nude nails may be on trend for Spring 2014, but the look certainly isn’t trendy; it’s always been a classic style, a go-to look that’s as easy to wear as a French Manicure (but much more modern) in any season.

It’s a fuss-free option that works in any environment and for every occasion; complementing various colors in your wardrobe and in your makeup bag – you can’t go wrong with nude.

Alas, one of the biggest complaints women of color have with the nude nail polish trend is that there are not enough options available. Since some of the traditional tones tend to look ashy against our various chocolate tones, be sure to reach for modern colors that transcend beyond the typical, boring barely-there nude hues. The nude nail colors that are in this season are opaque enough to make a statement with trendy undertones that range from mauve to gold.

The nudes we’re currently coveting are:

  • Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Frisson ($27) – A sheer peachy pink with gold flecks and tiny colored micro-sparkles; the shimmer doesn’t disappear once it dries on nails as with some polishes.
  • Sparitual Nail Lacquer in Mystic ($12) – A simple putty, mushroom like color that is neutral with an edgy kick; 100% Vegan, free of DBP, Formaldehyde, and Toluene.

The key to getting a flawless nude manicure is to start with a ridge-filling base coat to provide a surface for the nude nail polish to stick to, ensuring it will last longer. A bonus benefit is that it also smooths out the natural ridges in your nail bed, making the manicure look impeccable. Remember, the goal of nude nails is to elon­gate the fin­gers with a mono­chro­matic look while avoiding the “lifeless look” that some polishes may give, so avoid matte finishes; use a top coat with a high shine for the perfect finish.

What are your favorite flesh tone nail polishes? Join the conversation on Twitter and tweet us a picture of your rocking this trend, using hashtag  #LetsGetNaked.


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