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How To Select The Best Nail Color For Every Occasion

Women between 18 and 65 years of age use about 5 months, on average, of this period determining what to wear. Whether it is what to wear to work, dinner, dates, church, or even to informal meetings. One of the biggest parts of this is the choice of nail polish to wear or nail color to consider wearing for whatever occasion.


As fun as picking out nail polish can be, there is hardly anyone who has never had a hard time selecting the best nail polish for certain occasions. This is due to several factors including colors and styles. There are so many colors of nail polish that it is very easy for even the best of us to get overwhelmed. Therefore, any help we could get to easily select the best nail polish shades for each occasion will definitely make our lives easier.


When picking the nail polish to wear, there are a lot of things to consider, all of which will inform the color of nail polish we wear for each occasion.

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Tips for selecting the best nail color for each occasion

The selection of nail color for occasions is dependent on several factors such as skin tone, personality, season, culture, etc.

Selecting Nail Color Based On Skin Tone

       Nude Shades

Anyone with medium-colored or light-colored skin should go for nude shades. Pinkish nude works best for people with lighter skin. People with medium-colored skin should go for either pinkish nude or beige nudes. However, beige could create a yellow undertone for people with pale skin hence pale skin and beige nudes are not best fits.


You can hardly go wrong with pink, whatever your skin tone complexion is. Therefore, it is one of the most used colors. People with darker skin enjoy the warm reception of very bright, vibrant pinks while peachy shades of pink are the best fit for medium skin tones. As for pale skin, any shade of pink works perfectly well.


Just like pink, blue works for all skin tones hence is considered a universal color. Darker-skinned people should go for blues on the bright side such as cobalt blues while deeper blues such as navy blue is best for pale-skinned people. sky blues or pastel blues and medium skin toned people are the best fit.


Purple is another nail color that works for almost any skin tone. Brighter shades of purple and deep purple polishes with berry undertones are best for dark-skinned people while shades like lavender are best for pale skin.


Bright, classic shades of red are best for people with pale skin while deep wine red is just perfect for people with darker complexions. In between these two sides, red-orange shades do the trick.

Note: sheer tones of red don’t work very well for pale skin. To determine if a shade of red is too sheer for your pale skin, hold the bottle of the polish to the light. It is too sheer for your skin tone if you can see through it.

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Selecting Nail Color According To Occasion

       Formal Occasions

The larger part of our lives is taken by formal occasions such as daily work schedules, interviews, business meetings, official dinners, etc. These occasions are very highly selective when it comes to what to wear, how to act, and what to say.


If there is somewhere you do not want to appear off in terms of your nail colors, it is on formal occasions. Conservative colors are generally the safest in this regard. Neutral colors are best for office purposes and interviews. Whites, grays, beiges, as well as peachy shades, are perfect for almost any professional occasion.

       Informal Occasions

Besides the formal occasions highlighted above, there are also informal occasions we partake in from time to time. The appearance of our nails does not matter less in this case. Here, there is more freedom in the choice of colors. Some of the occasions are as follows:


If it’s another’s wedding, we suggest going with soft colors as this allows the bride to retain her white glow for the special day. These colors are also flattering for almost all skin tones. If it’s your wedding, we advise that you go with something not so pronounced because chances are that many other parts of your outlook are well pronounced. Hence, the nail color needs to be as sublime as possible. Also, you don’t the nail color to take any shine off your beautiful ring.


A funeral is not a place to show forth any bright color. You want to tone it down as much as possible. Often, people use black nail polish but we consider it too goth for a funeral. Your natural nails are best in this case. If you want the nails to shine, apply a little top gloss.

       First Dates

Dates! I still laugh at myself every time I remember how long it took me to get ready for my first date. I wanted to be all shades of perfection. The greater part of the preparation time went into my manicure and makeup. For your first date, bold peach, creamy pink, peachy pink, and bright cherry red are some of the best nail colors to wear.

       Holidays & Fun Events

Holidays are also key aspects of our lives. There are several holidays with diverse undertones. Most of these holidays have specific colors associated with them. For example, Christmas is associated with red and Halloween with bright orange. Therefore, if you will be attending an occasion related to a particular holiday, wear a nail color that matches the color associated with the holiday. Red nail for Christmas and bright orange nail for Halloween.


For occasions that are focused on fun, your nail colors should also reflect fun. You can choose sparkly shades of nail color or simply add a sparkly topcoat. for instance, a glittery gold polish can be applied over black nail polish to create a fun outlook.


Selecting Nail Color According To Season

Seasons also play a key part in our choice of nail color since the ultimate thing is to represent ourselves in the best possible way each time – to make the right impressions. Wearing some nail colors at certain periods of the year bears every shade of inappropriateness. Besides the appropriateness, wearing nail colors that suit each season can be very interesting. You might want to consider the following 


  • Summer – shades of light nude, bright reds, light pinks, corals, etc.
  • Winter – silvers, light pinks, grays, deep purples, etc.
  • Spring – reds, yellows, whites, greens, bright pinks, bright blues, etc.
  • Fall – burnt oranges, purples, dark blues, cherry shades, grays, silvers, etc.

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Selecting Nail Color According To Personality

Different nail colors reflect different kinds of personalities.

  • Wild personality

For someone who has a wild personality or wants to come across as someone with wild personality, metallic colors such as silvers, blues, and blacks are the perfect nail color. These colors portray your party and fun-loving side.

  • Edgy look

Black nail color is a great color to show forth your edgy vibe. It can also bring out your rebellious side when combined with accessories such as hoodies, leader, etc.

  • Energetic look

On certain days or in certain occasions, we want to appear as full of energy. In these instances, bright nail colors like yellows, oranges, pinks, and greens are great colors to select.

  • Softer look

On other days, we want to appear very calm. Soft or serene outlooks are attached to the female gender hence colors like pink and light purples are the best nail colors to choose.

  • Sophistication

For sophisticated looks, darker nail colors such as deep purple or wine red are the best nail colors to go with. They are particularly excellent with formal outfits.

  • Bold look

There is no better color to use here than red. It is naturally associated with confidence. Therefore, wearing bright red nail polish could help you come across as a very bold personality.

Reliable Nail Colors For Every Occasion

As exclusive as nail color is for each occasion, certain colors work well almost in every occasion. They offer a great blend of style and trend.

  • Whites

It is almost impossible to err with white nail color. It works for almost any occasion. It easily works with the body tone as well as any color you chose to wear for an occasion. One of the biggest challenges is to ensure the colors of all our accessories flow together, white nail color simplifies this process. Also, white nail color can easily be on either the conservative side or the flashy side, depending on what is required for the occasion. It is my favorite nail color for more than enough reasons. If you want a nail color that lets you wear diverse colors, then white nail color is perfect.

  • Neutrals

This is my close second. Neutral nail color also works for any kind of skin tone as well as attire colors. It is very sublime; it supports your general outlook. If you want to ward off attention, this is exactly the nail color you need.

  • Soft Pinks

Pink is almost inexplicably attached to the female gender. It speaks of the sweetness, softness, and glowing nature of girls. This makes pink nail color a very convincing one for any occasion. However, some people are not so girly, this is why soft pink strikes the perfect chord.

Other reliable nail colors include metallic silver, glitter, pastel blue, and rough red.


Selecting nail color for each occasion can be both exciting and overwhelming. The thrill comes in the ability to come across just the way you like through the colors of your nails while the overwhelming aspect is related to the diverse kinds of colors to pick from.


I am one of the majority of people that carefully observe people’s nails, teeth, hair, and dressing to make inferences about their personality. Given this connection between how we are perceived and the nail colors we wear, it becomes imperative to know how to select the best nail color for each occasion so that you don’t go to family dinner with nail color fit for professional dinner. All the steps and tips highlighted above will make it easier for you to wear the best nail color for each occasion.