If you’re ever envious of Meghan Markle’s royal status, let these two facts bring you back down to Earth:
1. She can’t eat garlic because the Queen hates it.
2. She’s only allowed to wear one shade of nail polish: pale pink.
If you’re looking for some nail inspo, check out the best nail polish colours for every skin type.
If you have olive skin… mix it up with coral
Coral, orange, or bright pink works especially well for you, says Katherine Dorn, a makeup artist from Pierre Michel Salon. Coral in particular is a great spring nail colour. What’s more, you can count this as a wear-it-everyday shade—you’ll never get sick of it.
Try, Morgan Taylor Professional Nail Lacquer Sweet Escape Coral (R109) available at Zando.
Try, Essie Nail Lacquer Meet Me At Sunset (R100) available at Clicks.
If you have brown skin… have fun with metallics
Metallics are beautiful on darker skin tones, says Dorn. Though you can pull off any super-bright shade, metallics are a fun way to read more on the neutral side, ideal if you want to tone things down. (But still look great.)
Try, Morgan Taylor in My Other Wig Is A Tiara Nail Polish Sea Foam Metallic (R149) available at Zando.
Try, Revlon Holographic Nail Enamel in Molten Magic (R119) available at Zando.
If you’re REALLY pale… play around with neutrals
Sheer shades of pink let light in, boosting brightness and complimenting blue undertones in light skin, says Angel Williams, a celebrity manicurist and nail care expert. “Choosing a creamier pink helps with covering up imperfections,” she adds.
Try, OPI Bridal Nail Lacquer Bubble Bath (R184) available at Clicks.
Try, Mavala Nail Colour Cream in Wichita (R70) available at Clicks.
If you have light to medium skin… go for berry
Opt for a berry colour for fair skin tones. “Most all shades of berry act as a pop of colour, glamour and versatility to this complexion,” says Williams. She especially gravitates toward ones that have purplish undertones.
Sorbet SorbetPro Gel Effect Nail Polish Berry Smoothie (R110) available at Clicks.
Morgan Taylor Nail Lacquer in Deep Red (R150) available at Woolworths.