Inspirationail’s Colour School – What to Wear With Pink

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Inspirationail's Colour SchoolWelcome to the pink week of Team Inspirationail’s Colour School, if you haven’t already be sure to check out lessons on the basics, warm & cool hues, tints, shades & tones and colour combos. This week we are going to look at the best colours to match with a girly staple – pink.

An Educated Guess

Pink is one of those colours, while you don’t have to worry too much about overdoing it, some people manage to anyway. Team Inspirationail loves pink as much as anyone else, but after about 25 it should be used appropriately. This is one colour that can be as sweet and innocent as baby pink and as bold and commanding as deep Fuchsia. As long as it’s not too dark, we think it’s wholly appropriate to match varnish with whatever pink item (singular) you are wearing.

Here are a few tips you can utilize to help you decide what to wear with your pretty (or punky) pink.

Prim in Pink

We like pink’s absolute versatility, it can make us feel sweet or sassy with the flick of a polish brush. Team Inspirationail’s rule of thumb is this: If your pink is minimal, it’s ok to match it on your nails. If it’s a dress or (heaven forbid) an entire outfit, try another shade of similar (or lesser) intensity.

Inspirationail's Colour School

Skin Tone Matters

Skin tone isn’t as large a factor as it is for colours like red, but it should still be taken into consideration when choosing nail shades. For lighter skinned divas we like lighter, pinks or richer rosy tones – darker pinks tend to make pale skin look even paler (wear them in the summer, when you have some colour). Darker skinned lovelies can wear a larger variety of shades year round. However, we recommend not going too icy with your pinks or you risk an ashy skinned Miami Vice look.

Matching Pink

Compared to red, pink is a breeze to work with. While we can’t help you with matching the exact shade of the pink item you want to wear, we can offer you some other choices if you can’t find it. There are several ways you can use the colour wheel to help you decide what to wear with your pink.

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Complimentary Colours

Complimentary colours are opposite each other on the colour wheel and provide a very high degree of contrast. Pink’s compliment is yellowish green and while it doesn’t sound like a great match, it’s actually not a bad colour scheme. If you like the idea, try pairing your pink with a creamy lime or a deep olive.

Analogous Colours

Analogous colours are directly next to each other on the colour wheel and tend to have more matching properties. Pink’s nearest neighbors are violet and red and we feel we should drop red entirely and focus on violet (although we’re not crazy about it either). If you like purple and pink try purple glimmer, a rich reddish purple or a glimmering pinkish purple.

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Triad Colours

Triad colours are equally spaced out along the colour wheel & similar to compliments they offer more contrast. In pink’s case it’s yellowish orange and blueish green and while they may sound strange, they actually work. (In fact, Del Sol’s Surfer Girl is the cutest pink/ orange combo). We actually like the idea of these unique colour schemes and we recommend turquoise (for a cool beach look), iridescent sea green or sweet, sunny yellow orange.


Split-complimentary colours start with one base colour and then take the two colours next to it’s compliment. Sounds confusing, but the concept is simple. When we use pink as our base, it’s split-compliments are green and yellow. More interesting options and we’re not hating them either. Both colours can be fresh when paired with pink, as long as lighter shades are used. Try sweet lime, creamy yellow or for an interesting candy contrast deeper yellowish green.

Pink Shoes

Team Inspirationail’s Picks

We like using our colour wheel to help find combinations we’d never have come up with. However, we also like to count on our fashion sense to help make these decisions (& we have tons of that). For most pink shades we like dusky, glimmering greys, metallic silvers, pearly whites and barely there, shimmering nudes.

Your Two Cents

In the end, you have to make the decision…you are the one wearing the pink. We’ve given you a few new ideas (and a few tried & true ones). Please leave us your pink-matching ideas in the comments below, we’d love to hear them! And, stay tuned because we have more fun planned next week with a lesson dedicated to matching your yellow.


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