Nude nails are a chic way to update your look this season. Nude nails are close to your skin complexion with a beige undertone making it look more polished than bare nails. Nude nails are a great addition to this season’s bright trend and color-blocking trend.

But like nude shoes and makeup, one shade does not fit all.  Finding the right nude for your skin tone can be an arduous task. What’s a brown girl to do when she wants to get in on the latest nail trend? The answer is a bit of searching.

Choose the nude nail polish closest to your skin tone.

-If your complexion favors Rihanna’s, try Deborah Lippmann Naked or OPI At First Sight. If it favors Vanessa Williams’, try Essie Milky Way.

-If your skin tone is closer to Nia Long’s, try OPI San Tan-tonio. If it’s closer to Kelly Rowland’s, try Ginger + Liz Brown Sugar.

-If your skin tone resembles Alex Wek’s, then you should paint your nails with Revlon Hot For Chocolate. If it more resembles Viola Davis’, try Butter London Lacquer in Tramp Stamp.

Now that you have your perfect nude shade, here are a few steps from celebrity manicurist Dawn Sterling to perfect your manicure:

1. Moisturize your cuticles!

“It’s all about the moisturize. The less cuticle damage, the less work and clean up you have to do.” Dawn recommends Carol’s Daughter Jojoba and Lemon Cuticle Oil or Sally Hansen Cuticle Oil that can be found at the drugstore.

2. File your nails lightly.

3. Use alcohol to dehydrate your nails.

4. Apply a basecoat then apply color of your choice followed by a topcoat.

Dawn likes Duri Rejuvicoat or a basecoat and Seche Vite for a topcoat.

Would you rock nude nails?

-Channing Hargrove


  • S.Riche

    I love nude nails. OPI San-tantonio is my favorite. I will have to try some of the other recommendations.

  • Christen

    I love nude nails. My fave is MAC’s Brown Bag and I have OPI San-tantonio as well.

  • Shoedooo

    Love Nudes! Opi is my fave

  • Tifani

    I haven’t tried it but I want to!!!!!!!

  • Monique

    I haven’t found a nude to match my chocolate skin, thanks for the suggestion!

  • Monzi

    This is the reason I love publications for us by us! I am so tired of cosmetic advice for “dark” girls having a picture of Rihanna or Beyonce next to it! Thanks for including a tip for Alek Wek styles sisters like myself!

  • Bronze

    Girlllll….you should have been around in the 80s. It was full of beauty satire. They would show ONE black woman. Like the beauty editor said, “ooooohhhh, they all look alike. Just do what ever.”

    This is sooo on point.

  • Bronze

    and one more thing.

    Isn’t it amazing that dark skin women always have red foundation or red hues.

    If anyone should be called REd Bone…it should be them.

    and I hope this does not offend anyone. It is not said as a compliment or a put down. I just notice that dark women don’t have blue or black foundation…they are truly red. that’s all.

  • Manny

    I thought nude was supposed to match the actual tone of the skin under your nails meaning tan or pink. I don’t think Brown nails are nude.

  • chic noir

    Thanks for givng us such variety in color as to the models you choose.

    I like Eddie “in the nude”

  • Honey

    Yes I am but I will suggest not to apply a nail colour identical to your skin tone unless you want to look like a mannequin but a colour slightly darker or lighter