14 Nail Polishes Perfect for Darker Skin Tones

I was inspired to do this post after Black Twitter called out Mashable for including dark brown nail polishes in a list of Fall’s “ugliest” colours.  (See this article by Clutch. )Calling the browns nasty and likening them to “wearing the bathroom on your nails” obviously didn’t go over well with many women of colour. After all, these dark browns are actually perfect nudes for dark skin. Following the backlash they were removed from the list.

Women of colour know how hard it is to get underwear or shoes to perfectly match their skin. When brands say “nude” they seem to forget that it’s not an actual colour. What’s nude for Rihanna definitely isn’t  nude for Viola Davis. Nubian Skin has sought to rectify that with hosiery and underwear for a range of skin tones and Christian Louboutin unveiled different shades of nude shoes. But there is still lots of work to be done. Pale pink and light beige polishes are common but what about caramel or chocolate shades?

So without further ado, here are 14 nail polishes perfect for dark skin inclusive of flat colours, glitters and bronzes.

Nude polishes for darker skin tones

Estée Lauder nude nail polish

Paul Joe nail polish

Opi nail lacquer
$22 – harveynichols.com

Maybelline nail polish
$4.59 – asos.com

Essie nail polish

Gel nail polish

Nude nail polish

Opi nail polish

JINsoon nail polish

Natasha Beckles

Natasha Beckles is a freelance copyeditor, writer and content creator. She has over a decade's experience in both traditional and online media. In addition to blogging about fashion and travel, she uses the written word to help brands and individuals tell their unique stories.

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  1. Michelle says:

    I am so ahoy to see darker ladies are finally included in this nude trend. I applauded CL when they introduced their shoes. Now this makes me even happier.


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