We've taken the mystery out of picking the perfect red polish for fair, medium, olive, and dark skin tones.
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Red shades with a touch of blue are ideal for fair skin, which tends to have cooler undertones. "A classic red — think crimson or cardinal — contrasts with pale skin just enough to leave your hands looking crisp and clean," says Sally Hansen manicurist Madeline Poole. If you want to go a bit darker, try a rich raspberry or make a statement with a deep cherry red. Just make sure it doesn't look too close to black against your fair skin. As a rule, stay away from warm reds or corals; they emphasize the natural ruddiness often found in pale skin.