In the Nude: Nails
You'll very rarely, if ever, see me without some sort of colour on my nails. I feel so plain and dull without it, and just not very me. There's also something about a fresh manicure that makes me feel confident and like I have my life a little more together too. Though I have wide spectrum of colours within my nail polish collection, there's nothing like a nude nail polish for something a little more subdued and minimal. A go-to shade for brides, the nude nail is perfect for every occasion, whether it be a wedding, work, going out or even simply day-to-day living. It's sophisticated, yet effortless, and there's not an event a beautiful shade of nude wouldn't be appropriate for. From the soft, delicate nudes to the deep, sultry ones, here is the third and final instalment of my 'In the Nude' series; a dedication to nude nail polish.
When it comes to the nude nail polish shades I like, I gravitate towards those that are more on the pinky side - not too nude and not too brown. I don't like anything that looks too much like skin colour and anything too brown can wash me out and look rather dull against my medium skin tone. Going from lightest to darkest, Essie's Nail Colour in Mademoiselle is the fairest of the lot. Described as "the most classic grown-up pink", it provides a sheer wash of colour to the nails with a subtle hint of pink that looks your-nails-but-better, if such a thing even exists. Although I prefer my nail polish colours to actually look like colour on my nails, I was drawn to this sheer nude after seeing Blair from Gossip Girl wear a similar shade, and I mean, who doesn't want to be Blair Waldorf?
The Lancôme Vernis in Love Nail Polish in Jolis Matins is perhaps the most true nude in my collection, though there's peachy pink undertones to make it more my colour. It also has the slightest, barely detectable hint of shimmer running through it that when catches the light, looks absolutely beautiful. I haven't heard anyone speak of these Lancôme nail polishes before; I received mine in a gift with purchase a few years ago, but they have a really smooth formula with a wide brush, and if you're after a subtle nude nail, I recommend giving Jolis Matins a try. I think this one would look lovely on medium to dark skin tones, in particular.
Next in the colour spectrum we have the Essie Nail Colour in Lady Like, "an elegant soft mauve". I spontaneously picked this one up during one of Priceline's 40% off makeup sales and it quickly became one of my favourites. Lady Like looks slightly brown against my skin tone, though as a pale mauve, this keeps it from washing me out. As my favourite nail polish brand, there's yet another Essie nail polish in my collection, this time in Eternal Optimist. It's described as "a spiced tea rose with a dash of cream" (isn't that so cute?!) and is definitely on the more pink side of nude; a vintage pink, I'd call it. I'm surprised I haven't heard more people talk about this shade because it's absolutely stunning and one of those colours I turn to when I'm not really sure what I want to wear. The most recent addition to my nude nail polish collection is the OPI Nail Lacquer in Barefoot in Barcelona, "a luscious shade of nude with a Spanish 'sole'". As the darkest shade in my collection, Barefoot in Barcelona is a deep, sultry nude, the one you'd typically go for on a night out, though it's definitely still appropriate for everyday wear. I remember first reading about this shade on Grace's blog and I hesitated picking it up for the longest time, but it really is a lot different to the other nudes in my collection (different enough for a beauty blogger, anyway) and I just love it.
There are two, unfortunately, discontinued shades of nude within in my collection, but they're worthy of a mention just in case you want to try and hunt them down on eBay. I bought Essie's Nail Colour in Topless & Barefoot myself from eBay and it was definitely worth the effort. Like Jolis Matins, it's more of a true nude, but with enough pink in it to make it flattering against the skin. It's described as "a barely there soft beige pink", one you'd wear when you still want colour on your nails, but something very natural and inoffensive. I picked up the Topshop Nail Polish in Cafe Au Lait some four years ago in London during my trip around Europe and although I've had it for quite some time, it's still a firm favourite. It's a medium shade of nude, somewhere in between Jolis Matins and Eternal Optimist, and contains soft, subtle hints of shimmer. If you'd like to see it in action, I dedicated a blog post to it three years ago, here.
What are your go-to nude nail polishes?