How to Make Your Hands Look Younger/Slimmer/Better with Nothing but Nail Polish

A guide for every skin tone.

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When were were young, picking a nail polish color was as simple as reaching for the most outrageous shade at our petite arm's length—preferably with *sparkles*. But now, as full-grown adult women, we have to think about things like undertones and come to terms with the fact that there's no such thing as a one-size-fits-all shade. Le sigh. Fortunately, we've got NYC manicurist Jin Soon Choi in our corner to decode our digits, suggesting her signature hues based on what we're looking for—from the ladylike color that best suits our skin to the secret shade that will make our hands look slimmer.

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"Choose colors that are not too immature or too neon-like," says Choi. "They should be more elegant and have sharp color pigmentation to make your skin look vivid."

Fair Skin: Retro Blush Pink—try Dolly Pink.

Medium Skin: Coral Orange—try Enflammee.

Olive Skin: Hot Orange—try Pop Orange.

Dark Skin: Bright Mint Blue—try Poppy Blue.

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"Try to use colors that make your hands look more tanned such as orange, yellow, green or opaque pastel colors," she explains.

Fair Skin: Deep Ocean Green —try Tila

Medium Skin: Hot Coral Pink—try Coral Peony.

Olive Skin: Hot Orange—try Pop Orange.

Dark Skin: Lemon Yellow—try Charme.

"Opaque whites to pastel tones make your nail beds look bigger," says Choi.

Fair Skin: Retro Blush Pink—try Dolly Pink.

Medium Skin: Off-White Tinted with a Hint of Gray and Blue—try Kookie White.

Olive Skin: Opaque Whitish Beige—try Prim.

Dark Skin: Powdery Pink Nude—try Doux.

"Darker shades tend to make nail beds look smaller, so make sure that you choose dark colors that are good for your skin tone in the summer," she says.

Fair Skin: Deep Electric Blue—try Blue Iris.

Medium Skin: Dark Gray Blue—try Rhapsody.

Olive Skin: Black Red—try  Risquetry.

Dark Skin: Deep Ocean Green—try Tila.

"Use more natural and elongating colors that don't highlight your nails—this way, your nails become an extension of your fingers," explains Choi.

Fair Skin: Sheer Pink—try Muse.

Medium Skin: Sheer Nude—try Tulle.

Olive Skin: Pink Beige—try Nostalgia.

Dark Skin: Toffee Beige—try  Dulcet.

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