Hearing negative comments such as “that nail polish color makes your hands look older” is every woman’s nightmare. If anything, we want our hands to look younger and daintier. This is why we choose our nail color polishes based on what compliments with our skin tones, to make sure that we won’t accidentally choose the wrong one. However, the color we want to try sometimes doesn’t look right on our hands. Luckily, we found a way so it can be!

Firstly, you need to keep in mind that every person’s skin tone is different. Yes, you and your friend might both have fair skin, but it is entirely possible as well that the nail polish that looks great on her nails would not look complimentary to your own skin tone. Why is that, you might wonder? Well, you’ve come to the right place, because we are here to provide you with a very interesting secret to picking out the perfect nail polish for your skin tone, one that not a lot of articles out there have mentioned yet.

Nail polish color experts—yes, they exist—have this crucial trick that you need to do before you actually start picking your nail polish. No, it’s not about nail polish bottles, their names, shapes, or if they are glittered or not. No. It is finding the ultimate base undertone of your skin tone.

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This undertone is not something that is immediately obvious to the human eyes. It requires a neat process to find the accurate one. Luckily, this is an easy thing. Firstly, you would need a piece of white paper. It doesn’t matter how big, as long as it’s clean white. You then put this next to the skin on your wrist. You would need to focus on the paper for five seconds before averting your eyes to your own wrist. It’s like one of those eye illusions, except this is useful for finding your skin undertone.

The first color that you see the moment you’ve moved your eyes to your skin IS your undertone. Some people have yellow/gold; some have blue, or pink. It all ranges from warm (pinks, yellows) to cool (blue) undertones. If you’ve once edited an image of yourself in one of those photo editing mobile applications, you might already be familiar with this.

Now that you’ve found the most important part, choosing the best nail polish color that suits you would be as easy as a walk to the park. It wouldn’t matter what the nail polish bottle looks like, because like a lot of beauty gurus say—the beauty is within, i.e., the nail polish itself.

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If you’re looking to try out a nice and chic nail polish for the summer, amongst traditional summer color families are nude, coral, pink, and red. All you have to do is choose one from these families, say for example you wanted the coral. The next step is to find a color from the coral families that is the same as your skin undertone. If you have a warm skin undertone, you should go for the warm coral as well. They are called “color families” because their undertones also range from cool to warm. All colors have their own versions; it doesn’t matter if they are blue, yellow, orange, or purple color families.

This is also the answer to that dilemma when you’ve always wanted to try a color like for example a purple, but you just couldn’t quite ever make it to look good on you. The key is finding a different undertone of that nail polish color that matches to yours.

Now go on ahead and hunt down that right warmth or coldness of the color family you’ve always wanted to try!

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