If you are anything like me, going to the nail salon is anything but relaxing. I’m always running late and deathly afraid that I will smudge my pedi before I leave the salon. When I finally make it into the salon I’m overwhelmed by the options. How are there so many colors that look exactly the same! After years of practice, I’ve finally narrowed it down to the 6 neutral shades that I always wear. By popular request, I’m finally putting together my guide on the best nail polishes for every season. This started off as a summer guide, but I realized that aside from the dramatic wine red in the dead of winter, I pretty much wear one of these 6 shades year-round. I love how understated and beautiful they make my nails look. So whether you are looking for a neutral nail polish guide, a summer nail polish lookbook, or an “IT” girl nail polish bible – here are my top picks!
As far as the neutral scale goes, “Be There In a Prosecco” is pretty much as far “light” as I will go. Based on my skin tone, I don’t think that a white will ever suit me. Although, I’ve always admired it on other girls! This pale pink is soft, classy, and always a reliable choice.
The color I’m wearing in the photo above is “Bubble Bath” and it’s my go-to for any special occasions i.e. weddings, photo shoots, etc. It’s a standard pink, but as every girl knows – you never realize how many “light pinks” there are until you step into a nail salon. Rest assured that this one is perfect parts bright, light, and opaque, so you don’t have to worry about doing 6 coats.
When all you wear are neutral colors – getting “wild” is pretty tame. When I want to go for something out of the box, I reach for “Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around” it’s a natural color that airs on the side of Lavender with hints of gray. This color is perfect if you are going on vacation, hitting the beach, or just want something a little more flirty & fun.
If I had to pick one color for the rest of my life, it would be “Tiramisu For Two“. This is my holy grail when it comes to nail polish and I find myself using all of the others as in between shades just so I don’t get Tiramisu every single time. This is ideal for every occasion, but especially for professional settings. This dusty blush color is the best thing ever. No really, I promise.
For those of you who don’t like the super light shades, “Do You Take Lei Away” is right up your alley. This is a mauve color that compliments just about every skin tone. Whether you have medium skin like me, or steer on the lighter or darker side – you will love this shade. It reminds me of my favorite lipstick (Beeper by Colourpop) because it is just so flattering every single time.
I actually picked up this color after seeing my mother-in-law wear it. She’s all about the brown tones and this one is brilliantly nude without being overwhelming. “Coconuts Over OPI” (I really don’t understand their names) is a light brown color that straddles the line between sand and taupe.
There you have it! These are my top picks for nail shades that are professional, neutral, and ideal year-round. I always opt for the gel option, but they are available in regular polish as well (or if you want a matching pedi!) Send me your top shade picks so I know what to try next!