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15 Nail Colors That Look Especially Amazing on Dark Skin Tones


Out of all the decisions you have to make in a day, choosing your nail color probably isn't the hardest. But with so many shade options, it can take quite some time. We feel you. Thankfully, the widely inclusive nail color options make finding shades that suit your skin tone fun. Another day, another new nail shade launches. And brown-skinned beauties, there are shades made with you in mind. The best nail colors for dark skin tones span, well, pretty much all hues of the rainbow. It's true-there's not one shade that doesn't look good on your melanin-rich skin. High-impact shades pop against dark skin tones and deep, sultry shades look so seamless. Rejoice: We lucked out in this category (it's 2019, and there are still limited foundation shade ranges for dark skin tones).В

If you usually stick to the same nail shades for your dark skin, rest assured that you can't go wrong with having a little fun. Hey, we're all guilty of being creatures of habit with our favorite nail shades. But allow yourself to experiment more with vivid, brighter shades that'll pop against your deep complexion or neutral shades that'll suit your skin just right. Push yourself out of your nail comfort zone and feast your eyes on these fun nail colors that look amazing on dark skin tones.В

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Fire Red

Go bold or go home with a vibrant red shade to complement your skin tone. A slight squiggle in the middle will add dimension.

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Aqua Blue

Choose a bright blue like this vibrant aqua hue. If you're feeling spicy, re-create the above by adding a metallic adornment in the center.В

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Pastel Pink

Get in line with this season and choose a pastel-colored hue like baby blue or soft pink that'll stand out gorgeously against your skin.В

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Sky Blue

Pairing a neutral, skin shade like this brown hue with a bright blue will leave the coolest-looking contrast.В

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White

White nails look so incredibly chic on dark skin. Add some pizzazz with a sharp, silver cutout design like this.В

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Chocolate Brown

This modern style shows how playing with lines seamlessly meshes opposite colorways together. Chocolate brown will always look like it was made for dark skin-adding a splash of ocean blue takes this shade up a notch.В

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Fuchsia

Redo a classic french manicure with a high-impact shade likeВ fuchsia that'll pop with your complexion.

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Rainbow

A chic rainbow never hurt anyone. Manicurist Alicia Torello flawlessly executed this look with a cheetah-printed tip.

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Berry

Berry shades will instantly brighten up the look of your nails-especially when mini polka dots are involved.

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Soft Green

Have a little fun with colors and tread on this light-green side with a punch of fiery orange on your accent nail.В

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Yellow

Add a freshly squeezed-lemon shade into the mix-don't be surprised when you fall in love with thisВ joyfulВ shade.В

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Beige

A light nude or off-white shade is ideal for a minimalist. If you want something that leans on the professional side, try this design for your skin tone.В

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Orange

Dive into spring with citrus-inspired nails that'll look especially stunning on deep skin tones. Using the entire spectrum of orange and yellow with cool designs is the way to go.В

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Sparkly Metallics

Get festive with metallic shades that run the gamut. As proven, these will shine on your skin.

This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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