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

Megan Decker

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 colour 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 colour 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 favourite 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 Breathable Nail Polish in Sunkissed, $, available at Orly Beauty

Dior Vernis in Wild Earth


Imagine a seamless faux tan repackaged as nail polish, and you have Dior Wild Earth. One coat delivers a barely-there colour, while a few layers imparts a rich gloss.

Dior Vernis in Wild Earth, $, available at Dior

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 Sheer Wisdom Nail Tinted Moisturiser in Tan, $, available at The Fragrance Shop

516 Polish Bossy


From Black-owned beauty brand, 516 Polish, this iridescent golden shade is like a luxe shimmer body oil for your nails. It's vegan and cruelty-free, too.

516 Polish Bossy, $, available at 516 Polish

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. Nails inc Nail Polish Duo Keep It Tonal Collection, $, available at Nail Polish Direct

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