What Nail Polish Makes Your Fingers Look Skinnier



The color of nail polish that you choose to wear on your hands is so much more than just a color, and actually has quite a big influence on how your hands look.

For example, you get certain nail polish that looks good on dark skin, but if you don’t go for one of those colors, it could clash with the skin tone of your hands. 

You also get certain nail polish for short fingers and certain nail polish for pale skin. This is because the nail polish you choose can influence your fingers by either enhancing them or doing the exact opposite.

So, if you’re wondering what nail polish makes your fingers look skinnier, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ll be covering the best nail polish colors to do exactly that.

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The Best Nail Polish To Use To Make Your Fingers Look Skinnier

Using a nail polish color that is similar to the color of your skin tone will help elongate your fingers. 

For this reason, different shades of nude are the gold standard when it comes to a color that will make your fingers look skinnier. 

Something that is important to note though, is that everybody’s shade of nude will differ based on your skin tone. It is essential that you match the shade of nude you choose with the undertones in your skin.

For example, if you have dark skin or dark undertones in your skin, you should use a nude nail polish that is toffee beige or light caramel. Examples of these shades are ORLY’s Trailblazer, Coffee Break, and Country Club Khaki. 

If you have more of a medium-based skin tone, a taupe color will suit you well. Taupe is a mix between brown and grey, and we have two beautiful shades available. These nail polishes go by the name of Down To Earth, and Staycation, which is a slightly lighter option, too. 

Lastly, if you have quite a fair complexion, then light pink and nude nail polish will suit you best. We have quite a collection of these, but our favorites are Nourishing Nude, Lovella, Inner Glow, You Go Girl, Rehab, Kiss The Bride, Head In The Clouds, and Kiss Me, Im Kind.

Try A French Manicure

Although it is not exactly one specific color, French Manicures are also another type of nail polish that can make your fingers look skinnier. The reason for this is because when you paint the free edge with white nail polish, it makes your nails, and as a result your fingers, look longer. 

It is very important that the tip is white, though. Some people like to change up the traditional French Manicure to be a bit more exciting, and then paint the tips a different color. Unfortunately, if you do this, it can actually make your fingers look shorter. 

At ORLY, we have a wide variety of nail polish colors available for a French Manicure. These nail polish colors include Sheer Nude, Pink Nude, Rose Colored Glasses, and Des Fleurs.

For the white tips, we offer Pointe Blanche and White Tips. 

ORLY also offers two French Manicure kits that will make the process a lot easier for you. 

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How Nail Polish Can Make Your Fingers Appear Skinnier

The trick when it comes to making your fingers look skinnier is to actually make them look longer. The way that nail polish does this, is by abating the line that is created between your nail and your finger. This creates an optical illusion and visually elongates your finger.

This can be done by using a shade of nail polish that is very similar to your natural skin color, or one shade lighter.

What If You Don’t Like Light Nail Polish?

A lot of people don’t like nudes or light colors, especially since they are not always the best nail polish for working hands. But, if you still want them to look skinnier whilst skipping the light colors, there is another method that you can try.

If you really want to use a dark nail polish color, you can try a technique called contouring. To do this, when you apply the nail polish, don’t apply it all the way to the sides of your nails. Doing this will create a more linear effect, which makes your fingers look longer and skinnier. 

If you are looking for some beautiful dark nail polish colors, our favorites are Saturated, Naughty, Wild Abandon, Midnight Oasis, Feeling Foxy, and In Full Plume.

Final Thoughts

As you can tell, the best colors to make your fingers appear skinnier are different shades of nude. And it is important to match these shades according to your skin tone to help create the optical illusion that your fingers are longer and skinnier. 

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