I have a list of classic nail polish shades for all occasions. I have been through all stages of nail polish shades. From the gothic black, girly-red, french manicure, bright neon and happy colors. My all-time favorite was the french manicure. But I didn’t have a style define when it comes to nail polish preferences. Back when I was a student, my nails probably reflected the many colors of the flags at the United Nations headquarter. It was an experiment with colors and to be honest, probably matching colors with emotions as a young adult. It was a carnival.
Like everything in life, we learn with experiences and time. It’s all fun and games until we go back to our teen and college student’s photos and say “Yikes!”. Also, those outfits, makeup and hair colors that we used to wear. But no regrets. At one point in life, those “fashion” choices/mistakes made us happy, right? In my case, I only need to hide old photos under a safe lock (and throw the keys), so no one else can find them and all will be fine. Ha! All girls need to go through the embarrassing process of trying different types of fashion styles so they could turn into women who understand what works for their style, skin color, and body type. Geez, that even sounds similar to dating? Ha!
When it comes to a manicure, I have learned that I don’ t need several nail polish choices. I only need what works with my skin color. That’s it.
The Right Classic Nail Polish Colors
I’m an island girl. Back home we call my skin color “trigueña.” This means a mix of the island triple-background: Native Taino Indigenous, African Slaves, and Spaniards Conquistadors. In the USA, we get called “tan-skinned,” “olive-skinned” or “brown girls.” Now, let’s not get further into all of those details. We are talking about skin color because that is the number one thing to consider when we need to find the perfect nail polish for us. These classic colors are the best nail polish options according to my trigueña skin (mixed skin). But luckily since most of these choices are also “neutrals” I would say they are utterly beautiful as well for some darker and lighter skin tones as well.
Here is My List of Favorite Classic Nail Polish Shades
I will always be searching for my perfect nude color. Nothing says I’m “grown-up” than a nude color shade. My problem is that there are so many perfect nude choices that I end up having too many of the same similar color patterns. Nude colors are my weakness when I go to beauty stores. Please hide them all from me. I’m sure that one day I will find my “Mr. Perfect” nude nail polish and I will stop the hunt. My favorite nudes are butter LONDON 3 Free Nail Lacquer Vernis, Burberry Nail Polish – English Rose No.102, Kendra Scott Shimmer Effect Nail Lacquer, Orly French Manicure White Tips, Essie Essie 2-pc. Gel Couture Nail Polish Kit, Nails Inc. NAILS INC. – NAILKALE – Illuminator, Essie Nail Color, OPI PRODUCTS, INC. OPI Original Nail Envy Strengthener – .5 oz, CND Vinylux Weekly Polish, Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail Polish, Sally Hansen Diamond Strength French Manicure in Barely There, Orly Breathable Treatment + Color, Zoya Nail Lacquer, and Pacifica Vegan 7 Free Nail Polish Collection.
The Perfect Pink
Pink nail polish is all that I’m into now. It goes perfectly on tan-skinned. Plus is Summer now and all those beautiful flowers and pink roses in my neighborhood are getting me inspired. I tend to try different varieties of pink colors during warm season weather and I keep finding a favorite one each summer. Of course, no such thing as having too many pink nail polishes. Ha!
Forever a classic nail polish and it goes well with every single skin color. There are two types of women: the women who will only wear daily french manicures and those that give the French manicure a lousy reputation. It is a matter of taste and choice. I love French manicures. I don’t wear it daily but I think is still great for special events. The key to me for my perfect “Modern Frenchy” is on how I keep the shape of my nails and on using a pink-shade base coat instead of beige. Let’s all keep on wearing and using whatever makes us happy and make us feel beautiful with our choices regardless of what doesn’t work for others. French manicures are the ultimate classy.
The Taupe and Beige-Grey
I didn’t fall in love with these classic nail polish colors immediately. Mostly, these nail polishes are tricky because I feel not always look good against my skin shade. Luckily, after many tries, I found the perfect balance and I love them. I love the neutral balance between beige and grey in these colors. I usually transition into these colors during the Fall season.
The Classic Red
I used to wear this classic nail polish color on a daily basis. Red is the eternal girly nail polish and it will always give a little “feminine vamp” to any outfit. It doesn’t matter if the outfit is a black-tie dress or just jeans and a tank top. It is mandatory to go into the hunt for the perfect “red” for our skin color. We have so many new options when it comes to red polish on the market; there is no problem finding the perfect shade. A suitable replacement for a red color could also be a strong magenta. My favorites are Deborah Lippmann Nail Color, NAILS INC. Nailkale, ORLY Red Flare Nail Polish, Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture Nail Polish, Essie Essie Fall Trend 2017 Nail Polish, Burberry Beauty Nail Polish, Gucci Rush, Bold High-Gloss Lacquer, OPI Nail Lacquer, Madam President, Burberry Nail Polish – Oxblood No.303, Cote Nail Polish (No. 36), Aly Running Red Lights Nail Polish, Revlon Nail Enamel, Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail Polish, Orly Breathable Treatment + Color, OPI Make it Iconic Infinite Shine Collection, Julep Color Treat Nail Polish, Pacifica Vegan 7 Free Nail Polish Collection, and China Glaze Nail Lacquer with Hardeners.
This color always reminds me of my first job in the city during my 20’s. It was my daily favorite. The right classic nail polish “vamp” for me runs into the dark purple or strong red wine categories. Never black. It is too extreme for my skin color. The ideal dark vamp is a mix of both purple-red colors.
Hope these choices are helpful. Remember, we are all beautifully different. Therefore we need to find what works for us according to our uniqueness and tastes. There is nothing wrong with trying new colors and failing. That’s how you will discover your “Mr. Perfect” classic nail polish. Do any of these classics work for you? What color is your ultimate favorite? Please share them.