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You’ve likely been overwhelmed before when trying to figure out which nail polish shade to choose for a manicure. After all, you’ve got a whole rainbow at your fingertips! And once you have settled on a shade—whether it’s classic red, bold blue, or neutral nude, then it comes time to figure out how to do your lipstick so that it doesn’t clash with your nail polish. Should you match your nail polish and your lipstick—or should you choose two complementary hues? You’ve got a lot of options! Below, keep reading for our favorite nail polish and lipstick color combos.
You can never go wrong with tried-and-trued red lipstick—this shade is a favorite year-round for a reason, as it’s flattering on every skin tone. Because red looks so good, this is one situation where we’re all for matching your nail polish to your lipstick. Keep things interesting by pairing a shiny red nail polish with a matte red lipstick. A holiday party would be the perfect place to show off your red digits and your red lips. (Why not throw a little candy cane nail art into the mix, too?)
Lipstick pick: L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Matte-Traction Red
When you’re rocking a deep berry pout, chances are you’re going to want to keep your lips as the center of attention. So, reach for a neutral shade of tan nail polish, which won’t detract attention from your killer deep vampy lipstick shade. Keep your nails on the short side for a no-frills manicure that’s easy to maintain.
Lipstick pick: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lips in Sultry Sangria
One of the brightest shades of lipstick you can possibly wear? That’d have to be orange. So, just as with berry, it’s a good idea to choose a nail polish shade that won’t completely clash with your orange makeup. In this case, opt for a smoky lavender nail polish hue. It’s still totally pretty, but the color is subtle, so your lips will literally—and figuratively—do all the talking. Orange and purple are close to opposites on the color wheel, making them complementary to each other.
Lipstick pick: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lips in Orange Envy
Nude lips are definitely a standout makeup look—but since this is a pretty neutral color pick, think about playing up your nails in something a little darker. Try a navy blue or deep green for an inky manicure that’s winter-ready. Try adding a glitter top coat over your nail polish to create a shimmery effect that’s totally on-trend.
Lipstick pick: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Lipstick in Nudist
Ah, pink—a perennial favorite lipstick shade. Now, there is lots of variation when it comes to pink. You can wear a hot pink shade or a lighter, baby doll one. As far as your nail polish and lipstick go, think in opposites. Pair hot pink lipstick with light pink nail polish and vice versa. Double the pink, double the fun!
Lipstick pick: L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Matte-Moiselle Pink
There’s nothing quite like a glitzy metallic lip look. Try keeping your nail polish relatively subdued so that it doesn’t compete with the sparkly shade on your lips. If you’re running short on time, simply swipe on a clear polish to tie your look together without having to commit to a color.
Lipstick pick: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lips Metallic in Moon Lust
Ready to give yourself an at-home manicure? We’ve got you covered with plenty of beauty tips. Check out our article, 10 Ways to Show Your Hands and Nails Some Major TLC.