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Your Best Nail Art Color Combinations!

Your Best Nail Art Color Combinations!

01.21.15

By semick

When you’re coming up with a nail art design from scratch, how do you select your colors? We’re betting you choose based off of what you see around you, and for the most part, those color combinations are totally on-point. But what if you decide to play fast and loose with your hue pairings? Before you slap together several shades, take a look at “Color Me Curious” in the January/February 2015 issue of Nail It!. Color experts and nail artists alike weigh in on some of their favorite color combinations, and explain why it’s so important to choose wisely.

Since our pros were brimming with countless creative color combinations, we’re sharing even more of them with you here. Try any or all of these combos on your next nail art design!

Molly Church & Karie L. Frost

color combo

Combine: Cobalt Blue, Magenta, Mint Green, Light Pink
Combo By: Fleury Rose, nail artist (@fleuryrosenails)
Why It Works: “The cobalt blue and magenta are analogous to each other. The lighter pink is a lighter version of the magenta. There’s a color harmony [here]. I like to add in the green because it’s … complementary. Because these four colors are all next to each other on the color wheel, they’re going to look nice with each other as opposed to if you threw in an orange, which would clash.”

color combo

Combine: Grey-Purple, Orange, Violet, Deep Purple
Combo By: Kate Smith, Sensational Color president (@colorexpert)
Why It Works: “Three of these four colors are in the purple family and the orange gives the combo a pop accent; but because it has the same intensity and value as the violet next to it, it works. There’s a lot of grey in on-trend colors, like this grey-purple, and in fashion in general. We’re either seeing tones that are really bright, fun and funky, or they are a bit mysterious and neutralized.”

color combo

Combine: Mink, Lavender
Combo By: Keri Blair, nail artist (@keriblair)
Why It Works: “This is inspired by pastel ombré hair color. A rich mink-y brown gives lavender a perfect companion in a fade or gradient on the nail. Lavender is a secondary color with a bit of white in it and when we get to mink we are playing with tone.”

color combo

Combine: Navy Blue, Cobalt, Nude Pink
Combo By: Kate Smith, Sensational Color president (@colorexpert)
Why It Works: “The idea with the blues is that they work together because they’re in the same color family, but mixing dark and medium blues creates a mystery of deep oceans or can feel cosmic. We’re attracted to variations of deep blues; we like the the idea of creating depth with that kind of color scheme. The neutral adds to the depth of the two blues. The palette would work without the pink neutral as a monochromatic scheme.”

color combo

Combine: Silver, Charcoal, Purple, Turquoise
Combo By: Keri Blair, nail artist (@keriblair)
Why It Works: “Working with various hues with the same cool undertones makes unusual magic to the eye. Even though silver, charcoal and purple can have the same intensity, adding the turquoise adds a pop of playfulness to the design.”

color combo

 

Combine: Ice Blue, Peachy Nude
Combo By: Fleury Rose, nail artist (@fleuryrosenails)
Why It Works: “I saw [these colors] on a runway. These are across from each other [on the color wheel] and because they’re opposite colors you’d think they’d clash a little bit, but they’re going to vibrate off each other. When this duo vibrates, it almost appears like 3-D glasses—red and blue vibrate off each other. But because the ice blue and peachy nude are both pastels, they’re less jarring.”

color combo

Combine: Turquoise, Black, Champagne
Combo By: Fleury Rose, nail artist (@fleuryrosenails)
Why It Works: “I was doing nails that were supposed to be inspired by a turquoise stone, which was turquoise-blue with black highlights. I was thinking about jewelry and how turquoise would normally be set in a metal setting. A lot of times that setting is silver, but pairing it with a champagne-gold metallic looked really pretty together. Metallics aren’t even considered on the color wheel, but I think a lot of times that pairing two colors with a metallic is another way to make interesting color combinations.”

color combo

Combine: Dull Purple, Deep Purple, Red-Violet, Yellow-Green
Combo By: Kate Smith, Sensational Color president (@colorexpert)
Why It Works: “Red-violet and yellow-green are complementary colors on the color wheel, and this palette pulls them together with two tones of purple. The three richer colors can certainly work together alone, but what makes this palette more sophisticated is bringing in that muted purple.”

 

 

Cover image: Christine Blackburne

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