These Nude Polishes are Photoshop in a Bottle—for Your Nails

It’s time for fingers to bare all

The nude nail is back. For those of us sick of seeing complicated nail art bursting with colors, stars and stripes in our Instagram feeds, that’s a good thing. (Sorry, not sorry)

A huge favorite on the spring 2015 runways, nude nails are just so pretty on every skin tone. They work from day to night, hide the miniscule chips that occur between mani appointments, and give an instant upshot of sophistication that a intricate nail wrap never could.

For a truly pristine shade that matches fairer skin tones, RGB’s Buff ($18) is a creamy French macaroon ivory that makes nails look perfectly buffed and nearly polish free after one coat. The formula is 5-free (devoid of toxins like formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin and camphor) and clean but rich when applied with two coats.

If you’re looking for a nude with a pinker tone that wears more opaque, grab a bottle of Zoya’s universally flattering Chantal ($9). It veers more into the vanilla spectrum without any grey undertones, which those with darker skin tones (like yours truly) should avoid due the dull, washed-out effect that can occur. This versatile nude will enhance tanned or olive skins with the right amount of tonal contrast.

A nude with the slightest flash of iridescence that pops when the light hits it right, Butter London’s Hen party ($15) looks way prettier in person than it does online. It wears sheer and evenly on its own but also doubles as an opalescent overcoat when you apply a super thin coat over darker colors.

My absolute favorite way of wearing nude though is with the Butter London’s Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat ($19), which conditions nails. The medium pink, flesh-toned treatment goes on semi-matte but looks natural. Just like my nails—but better.


A native Angeleno, Navdeep Mundi is a Leo, hates cilantro, and has studied beauty products for more than 18 years. She spends her days directing media and strategy and her nights sniffing out slightly quirky yet impeccably pretty things along with her German Shepherd, Le Tigre.