So you love nail polish but you’re not always sure which colours will suit you? (And you try to avoid the side-eyes from sales assistants when you’re frantically painting each nail with testers in-store). Nail your next mani with these hot new colours and our guide to finding the perfect nail polish for your skin tone. From everyday nudes, to punchy pinks and metallics with major star power, we’ve got you covered!
Every woman needs a trusted neutral nail polish for interviews and occasions when you want your nails to look kept – but not too OTT. Not all of us can be Rihanna all the time. A nail polish that gives a natural flush of colour always looks classic, so opt for rich taupes and nudes, or go for a playful candy pink that’ll suit most skin tones.
Fair skin: Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy in Beginners Luck, R129,95
Medium: SinfulColours in Tan Lines, R35
Dark skinned: Essence I Love Trends in Nude Sweet Nude R39,95
All tones: Rimmel Super Gel in Angel Wing, R89,95
The best way to boost your mood? Bright colours and tones that pop. Steer away from your everyday shades and try one of these bold choices that are bound to put a spring in your step. Mina has a range of striking colours to choose from, and we simply love this indigo shade from the new Orly Breathable range, which has recently received halaal certification from the Islamic Council of South Africa. Pretty nail colours for all Beauties!
Fair skin: Mina The Nail Polish in 153, R99, 95
Medium: Yardley Gel Lac Nails in Fuschia, R64,95
Dark skinned: Rita Ora for Rimmel London, in Tangerine Tent, R60
All tones: Orly Breathable in Just Breathe, R165
Add an instant touch of glam with these sparkly paints in a selection of different finishes for every occasion. Stick to classic gold or add glitter to your favourite nail polish for a quick glam update. Jewel tones with a metallic flair are especially striking and often complement most skin tones. We love this emerald green polish from Mina, and the bronze shimmery effect from the Sorbet shade that looks great on pretty much every skin tone. Try it as an accent nail for added star power.
Fair skin: Essence Out of Space Stories in 03, R42
Medium: Sorbet Pro Gel Effect in Desert Sand Storm, R110
Dark skinned: Essie in Ready to Boa, R134,95
All tones: Mina The Nail Polish in 177, R99,95
We’re spoiled for choice! Which colours do you have your eye on?