How to Choose the Right Lacquer Nail Polish

Do you love the look and feel of glassy and shiny nails but only have regular nail polish at home? If the answer is yes, then we have great news for you: lacquer nail polish can transform your regular nail polish manicure and pedicure looking like you just got your nails done beautifully at the salon.

The number one dilemma that many women face before their manicure is how to choose the right lacquer nail polish that suits them. Picking up a color to the polish nail can be fun but also challenging with such a wide variety of shades to choose from.

It is easy to get overwhelmed. Luckily, there are some ways to narrow down certain factors, such as the ongoing season, your personality, and your skin tone, to help you select the perfect lacquer nail polish for all sorts of occasions.

How to Choose the Right Lacquer Nail Polish

Choosing Lacquer Nail Polish Based on Your Skin Tone

If your skin tone is lighter to medium, we recommend going for nude shades. Nude-shaded lacquer nail polishes typically work best for medium skin tones and lighter skin tones. If your skin tone is light or pale, you will love a pinkish nude; however, avoid applying beige as it could induce a yellow undertone.

For darker skin tones, we recommend choosing pastel shades. If you love pink lacquer nail polishes, you will be happy to know that it goes for all skin tones. Peachy shades of pink look cute on medium skin tones. Very bright shades of pink can look great on darker skin tones.

Blue, on the other hand, is a universal color that blends perfectly with all skin tones. On a pale skin tone, baby blue looks stunning. On the other hand, medium skin tones uplift pastel blues; whereas, the more vibrant shades of blue, i.e., cobalt blue, look great on darker skin tones.

We also recommend experimenting with purple shades of the lacquer nail polishes, the different shades of which blend perfectly with different skin tones. For a lighter skin tone, opt for lavender. If you have a medium skin tone, you will find pastel shades of purple very mesmerizing. For darker skin tones, both shades of purple, the pastels, and the vibrant shades will look great.

After choosing your perfect shades for the lacquer nail polish, let us talk about how you can do the perfect salon-like lacquer nail polish manicure at home.

How to do The Perfect Salon-Like Lacquer Nail Polish Manicure at Home

The first step to getting a perfect manicure starts with prepping your nails. If you are doing your manicure (and pedicure) at home, you can start pushing back your cuticles with a small wooden stick while simultaneously scraping away any dead skin.

The next step involves taking a glass nail file to ensure that your nails get the perfect shape. This step equals the step at the nail salon, where the technician ensures that their clients’ nails are perfectly shaped. While you are doing your manicure and pedicure at home, you want to ensure the same before polishing the nail. Choose your preferred nail shape while filing your nails.

After you have shaped your nails, moisturize your cuticles with a cuticle oil pen, which is essential if you want to maintain your nails’ fresh and healthy look. Rub the moisturizing oil into your cuticles and nails. After letting the oil sit a few minutes, clean off your nails with a cotton ball (alcohol-dipped).

Before applying the lacquer nail polish, you must ensure that your nails are completely rid of oil and dirt, so the nail polish adheres to it well. Moving on to the first coat of your nails, opt for a long-wearing base coat, and apply it to all nails. If you want to get the best from your high-shine at-home manicure, it is recommended to shop for lacquer nail polishes that are advertised as “super-shiny”.

As you apply the first coat of the lacquer nail polish on your nails, ensure that the first coat has dried off completely before applying another one. Hence, ensure that each coat of the nail polish gel is completely dry before doing another, as this ensures that your manicure is long-lasting.

One of the best ways to fake a salon-quality manicure is by using a small brush (dipped in nail polish remover) and clean around your nail. By going around your cuticle line with the small brush, you can remove those extra bits and edges of the lacquer nail polish.

You can opt for a gel-like top-coat for the finishing touch, which is specifically helpful if you want to get that super-shine and volume like that of a gel manicure. By sealing the free edge of your manicure with the gel-like top coat, you ensure that your lacquer nail polish lasts longer.


With the right-colored lacquer nail polish, your hands look instantly prettier while the overall look and appearance of your personality change and make you appear more confident, put-together, and poised. Wearing the right shade of nail colors also conveys much about your personality as you appear classy and fun. For sudden occasions, it is best to keep a stock of “perfect-for-anytime” lacquer nail polish shades of neutral colors with a slight pink undertone that is well-known to look good on everyone.