7 Classic Nail Polish Shades That Makeup Artists Swear By


I'm obsessed with everything Meghan Markle wears, right down to her nail polish shade. The lovely pale pink hue she wore on her wedding day was so elegant, I had to find a similar shade at my next mani-pedi. While I normally gravitate toward bolder colors, I'm loving a classic nail these days, especially these nail polishes that makeup artists swear by — they really are timeless.

Nail trends like glitter and half moons are fun once in a while, but an understated nail shade will match every mood and every season. Jin Soon Choi, nail artist and founder of JINsoon Nail Lacquer, is known for her trendsetting polishes, but when it comes to her own nails, she goes for time-tested pale pink. "As a hands-on manicurist working on photo shoots and fashion shows, I don’t often get to wear nail polish, but when I do, my absolute favorite is JINsoon Muse. It’s a subtle classic, sheer pink nude that gives a clean, healthy glow to your skin," Choi explained in an interview with Real Simple. Leave it to a celebrity manicurist to create the perfect go-to shade.

Pale pink, AKA millennial pink, is indeed having quite a moment, but what are some other timeless nail hues that the pros love? We've rounded up 7 of them that you'll want to add to your cosmetic collection asap.

Get Nude


Marc Jacobs Madame White Cocoa, $18, Sephora

Opting for a nude nail color will always look chic. You just need to select a shade that is actually "nude" to you, because we all know there's more that 5 types of skin tones out there.

"I'll use pretty much any nude that matches my client's skin exactly," celeb nail artist Whitney Gibson said in an interview with Refinery29.

A quick look at Gibson's instagram reveals some of her famous clientele, including Elizabeth Moss, Salma Hayek, and ASAP Rocky, to name a few.

Go Topless


Essie Topless and Barefoot, $9, Amazon

There's nothing more classic than a neutral nail, according to the nail stylist behind Gigi Hadid's, Mandy Moore's and Blake Lively's show-stopping nails.

“Essie's Topless & Barefoot is a chic neutral that doesn't need to be thought about. It's easy for many different skin tones. It has great application, and a smooth, polished finish," NYC celeb nail stylist Elle, @enamelle, says in an interview with Romper.

You know it's a good color if you go back to it time and time again, without a second thought.

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