Pink Nail Polishes That Flatter Every Skin Tone
Pick the Prettiest Pink Hue
While that bright yellow and deep teal might be hot for a season, pink will always transcend the test of time. The blushing hue never fails to look refreshingly classic, effortlessly stylish, and brilliantly lacquered. From Essie’s Ballet Slippers to OPI’s Bubble Bath, an iconic favorite won’t let you down; and from Chanel’s Sea Whip to Smith & Cult’s 1972, a bold pick will make your nails pop all summer long. Every skin tone can rock these picture-perfect lacquers that cover all the bases, from sheer baby pinks to feisty fuchsias. Here are the best pink nail polishes you need to try this season.
Dior Vernis in ‘Incognito’
Buy It: $28; nordstrom.com
For those who don’t want bright fuchsia or bubblegum, but also get tired of baby pinks, this sophisticated shade will be your new favorite blushed neutral. This pinky nude has a deeper mauve finish, especially after two coats, making it perfect for medium-to-tan, olive, or dark skin tones.
Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in ‘Sea Whip’
Buy It: $28; nordstrom.com
This fruity watermelon pink is begging to take its place on your toes this summer. The lacquered gel-like formula will last (and pop!) all season long, making for a perfect alternative to your year-round pale pinks and nudes. The bold coral-inspired shade makes a fun statement on every skin tone.
OPI Nail Lacquer in ‘Bubble Bath’
Buy It: $11; amazon.com
This classic color works on every skin tone, for every occasion, and during any season—making it easily one of the best pinks of all time. The pale pink never fails to look incredibly stylish and sophisticated. Try out the gel finish for a touch of creaminess, or the infinite shine finish for a pop of radiance.
Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer in ‘1972’
Buy It: $18; neimanmarcus.com
This cult favorite color has sold out over and over again in record time since its release over a year ago. The appeal? It’s the most universally flattering opaque rose gold on the market. It hits the sweet spot for cool and warm tones alike, and it goes on with incredible full coverage that won’t look streaky.
Essie Nail Polish in ‘Eternal Optimist’
Buy It: $9; target.com
Serve up a dose of this warm, spiced tea rose pink shade for a brilliant, sumptuous take on summertime. It pops on olive and tan skin tones, but fair skin tones shouldn’t miss out on this versatile pink either. It’s like pink that’s been steeped in a little sunshine.
Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro in ‘Sexyback’
Buy It: $20; nordstrom.com
This flirty fuschia number is calling our name once summer rolls around. It makes a sassy statement on toes and a bold choice for fingernails. The richness of the shade makes it pop on every skin tone, which means we’re sharing it with all of our girlfriends before the girls’ beach getaway this year.
Deborah Lippmann Nail Color in ‘Tiny Dancer’
Buy It: $18; amazon.com
This sheer pink might be one of the most universal in the bunch—one coat leaves just a veil of ever-so-slightly tinted shine; two coats make for sheer perfection. Elegant and refined, this shade is like a laidback prima ballerina.
OPI Nail Lacquer in ‘You’ve Got Nata On Me’
Buy It: $8; amazon.com
For warmer skin tones, look no further than this plucky peachy pink. (Who said fuschia is the only pink that can pack a punch?) This peach shade is exactly what we pick when baby pink-nude doesn’t feel right, but keeping things a little spicy definitely does.
Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in ‘Nuvola Rosa’
Buy It: $28; chanel.com
When your skin has finally gotten that sun-kissed summer glow, this creamy, full-coverage pastel pink will make your nails (and complexion) pop. It’s the perfect soft pink with a little extra kick. Not sheer pink, and definitely not bubblegum, it’s the perfect middleman. We’re imagining these pink toes peeking out of the sand already.
Essie Nail Color in ‘Pink Diamond’
Buy It: $6; amazon.com
Add some shimmer and sheen to your summer wardrobe with this gemstone pink that looks a tad different on every skin tone. We’re channeling major mermaid vibes whenever this shade graces our fingers and toes.
Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer in ‘Plastic Beach’
Buy It: $18; bloomingdales.com
This bright guava pink hits the perfect mark for highly pigmented color that isn’t hot pink. Perfect for summer and flattering on every skin tone, this festive shade is brilliantly opaque.
Essie Nail Color in ‘Ballet Slippers’
Buy It: $9; amazon.com
Just reading the name instantly makes us imagine this perfect pink-nude. It’s perhaps the most iconic shade of all time, which is pretty impressive given its neutral, palette-pleasing nature. The formula perfectly toes the line between sheer and opaque. You’ll never go wrong with this choice.