“Suntanned” Is The Neutral Nail Polish Shade Of The Season

Between linen beige and rich brown, there lives a neutral nail polish shade that wears well on just about everyone: tan. When it comes to a summer manicure, a tawny golden brown is a foolproof color choice because it's subtle and flatters every skin tone — like the bronzer version of nail polish.

Unlike the struggle of finding your prefect nude polish, shopping for a tan shade is easy because the color is supposed to contrast your skin tone just so, not match it. Still, to help you navigate between sheer, shimmery bronze and glossy mocha, we've rounded up a range of tan polishes to add to your stash. Find your favorite bottle — and your perfect sun-kissed manicure — ahead.


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Orly Sunkissed

As the name implies, this shade gives your nails a sunburned vibe in the best possible way for an opaque tan with a slight orange undertone (sans the sun spots on your hands).
Orly Orly Nail Lacquer Breathable - Sunkissed - #2010010, $8.50 Buy

Dior 618 Vibrato

Imagine a bronze body oil repackaged as nail polish, and you have Dior Vibrato. One coat delivers a barely-there shimmer, while a few layers gets you closer to metallic gold.
Dior Dior Vernis Gel Shine & Long Wear Nail Lacquer, $28.00 Buy

Butter London Sheer Wisdom Nail Tinted Moisturizer

Butter London's Sheer Wisdom collection comes in a trio of shades — light, medium, and deep — all of which are subtly varied plays on golden brown.
Butter London butter LONDON Sheer Wisdom Nail Tinted Moisturizer, Tan, 0.4 Fl Oz, $18.00 Buy

Pear Nova Michelle Our Mama

One of our favorite Black-owned beauty brands, Pear Nova, has formulated the perfect warm, creamy brown for darker skin tones.
Pear Nova Michelle Our Mama, $11.50 Buy

Nails Inc Keep It Tonal Nail Polish Set

As always with neutrals, you can never have too many options, which is why this Nails Inc. collection is perfect for anyone who wants to bounce between the tanned varieties of sand, latte, and sable brown. Trendier yet, try wearing them all together.
Nails Inc. Keep It Tonal Nail Polish Set, $22.00 Buy
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