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The best nail color for red hands

Updated February 21, 2017

People with red hands are those who typically have cool skin tones. Cool-toned skin is ruddy, with red or pink undertones. When choosing the best nail colour, it is important to take into account what colours work best for red hands. Otherwise, you could end up using nail polish that does not enhance your natural skin colour.

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Red is a nail polish colour that is both classic and timeless. Anyone can wear red nail polish. The key is to find the shade of red that matches your skin. The best nail colour for red hands and ruddy skin is a lighter red with an orange base. Avoid blue-red nail polish as it accentuates the redness in the skin.


Purple nail polish is modern and stylish. If this is your pick, it is quite flattering for red hands. All shades of purple, from light to lilac to royal purple, work for red skin tones. Purple somehow neutralises the ruddy skin colour and also draws attention to your hands.


Pink nail polish comes in an almost unlimited variety of shades. While pink can be perfect for red hands, the wrong tones cry out "mismatch." One of the best to consider is sheer pink with just a touch of white. This creamy hue is almost a nude colour. Rosy pink polish also works well with ruddy skin tones.


Blue nail polish is not for the fainthearted. If you are quite young and enjoy this look, or are creative in general and like a colourful style, blue nail polish can look great for red hands. Just about any shade of blue will work, from pale to icy blue to navy. Experiment with them all.

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About the Author

Yvonne Van Damme is a freelance writer based in Seattle. She has been writing for several years with a focus on criminal justice and legal topics. In addition to various websites, she has been published in several academic journals. Van Damme holds a Bachelor of Arts in law, society and justice and sociology from the University of Washington.

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