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How to Find the Right Nail Polish

gel nail polish

With all the options available when buying nail polish, choosing between all of them and finding the right one can be quite baffling and time-consuming. The best polish should transform your nails in just a few minutes. If you want to look great, you need to choose a color that complements your skin tone. Not only that, you need to buy a high-quality one which contains minerals and vitamins for your nail and one that will last once you use it.

General Qualities to Look for in a Nail Polish

If you are shopping around for a high-quality nail polish, you need to look for specific characteristics. The brand name and cost of the polish do not necessarily denote quality. Instead, look for the following qualities:

  • A fast setting and drying polish
  • Good pigmentation
  • A polish that will not crack or chip
  • One that is the same color when in the box and on your nails
  • A wide range of colors to choose from
  • A fair price

Nail Art and Nail Polish

Are you interested in doing nail art? You need to look for a high-quality nail polish because you want something that is durable and thicker than the cheaper alternatives. You also need to look for a color with good pigmentation to make your design look unique. When you use low-quality polish for nail art, the results might disappoint you.

Shopping for Quality Polish

When looking for high-quality polish, you need to make sure it has all the qualities you want. Are you looking for long lasting polish? You need to read the label because most manufacturers label long-lasting varieties. You can even opt for a polish that promotes the health and growth of your nails like this gel nail polish. Finding nail polish that meets your needs is not difficult if you know what to look for. Knowing the type of polish you want will help you to weed out the ones you do not.

Choosing the Right Color

Do you want to choose a color that will make you feel good? Here are some tips on how to do that:

Skin Tone

You need to choose a nail polish that matches your skin tone. If a certain color looks good on your friend, it is not a guarantee it will look good on you as well. Colors might look mismatched or washed depending on your skin tone. As a tip, consider the following:

Fair skin – if your skin is fair, you should stick to lighter shades of nail polish and stay away from dark shades. Try orange, red, pastel, and red.

Olive skin tone – this complexion can carry most colors except gold and rust. Go for nudes, pink, and purple.

Dark skin – as contradictory as it may sound, the dark polish looks best on dark skin tones. They look very vibrant and make the wearer look distinctive. Try deep reds, bright pink, and neon.


The color of your makeup should complement your nail polish. However, this does not mean you should match everything. Pay attention to wear dark polish when applying dark makeup.


The type of polish that you choose should also be determined by the season. Your choice will look better if it goes with the time of year. For instance, pastel colors look great during springtime as would cool colors complement the colder months.


Where you are going should also determine the type of polish you wear. It would be weird to choose a glam look when you are not going to a formal event. If you just plan to hang out at the mall, you can choose a fun and bubbly color.


  • I wish I could paint my nails more often but sadly I work in healthcare where I can’t! Fab guide though!

    Lauren x Huggled

  • Nice tips my dear! I do not know anything about nail polish!! Fortunate you. I would love to be an expert like you!
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  • Emily

    I’ve definitely learnt a lot from your post – I’ll admit that I’ve usually just gone for colours I think look pretty! Shopping will be a whole new experience now!

    Musings & More

  • Ooh a great post, I would never even have thought of these. My skin tone plays a big factor in what I pick but I think it comes down to personal preference. Lilac and sky blue make me the happiest and a classic warm nude can do no wrong for me. Thank you for sharing xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

  • It’s so hard to find the right one, I just go to the nail shop now lol

  • Jo

    Really good tips since I love painting my nails! Thanks!

    xo Jo

  • I love the tips! Although I am not really into nails, I am beginning to develop an interest and make a conscious effort to groom them!


  • oh its also impt that they’re free from harmful chemicals since I read somewhere that certain polishes contain toxins that get absorbed in the bloodstream

    • That is a great tip! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  • Nikki Living-Life

    Nail polish is a simple way to polish your style so to speak. Thank you for sharing these great tips. I need to experiment with more colors!


  • this is such a lovely post – I absolutely love nail colours and change the shade I wear every few days! Got to love a bit of colour! 🙂

    Layla xx

  • Bernadette

    Lovely post. Choosing a nail polish colour can be difficult when there are too many options to choose from so i loved reading this post! x

  • Great tips! Thanks for sharing this! =)

    – Cielo
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