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Different Ways to Wear Dark Nail Polish

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark . . . Polish, That Is

If you're going to try a really dark, bold color like Christina Applegate here, nails are always the easiest place to do it. But getting a shade that flatters isn't always easy, and although basic black looks fine on everyone, it may not send the message you want. So to help you pick out a shade that'll fulfill your dark desires and look trendy and cool instead of harsh at the same time, get my quick tips when you read more.

  • Hint o' red: Try something with a shot of red, like Butter London Nail Lacquer in Old Blighty ($14) if you want a color that's a little more vibrant and sexy.
  • Stay cool: A dark gray or purple is great if you have cool-toned skin, because it will complement your natural coloring.
  • Brown it down: A rich brown or brown-tinged black is very flattering if you have warm undertones, because it brings out the gold and olive in your skin.
  • Get your glitz on: Try a sparkling overlay if you find the flatness of dark color off-putting. There are many cool shimmer and sparkle effect topcoats out right now, especially the Effects line from CND, and they will lighten things up considerably.
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Merlin713 Merlin713 6 years
I'm constantly wearing funky colors. Right now, I have on black with silver sparkles. I'm going to a wedding tonight with it on my fingers and toes.... :-P
RedVixxen RedVixxen 6 years
And the dark colors are much cuter on short nails. I play a lot of softball, so I've ditched the occasional acrylics I used to wear and gone for short, squared nails, and now I absolutely love wearing dark polish. I've got a metallic sparkle grey on right now (OPI's Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees Suede)!!
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 6 years
I wear OPI's Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees (it's a blue gray color) and Lincoln Park After Dark (dark purple) all the time and I love them. I actually prefer dark colors over light. I think they make my hands and feet look better! :)
mannylove mannylove 6 years
I am loving the navy polish I just got!
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