Inspirationail’s Colour School – What to Wear With White

By Inspirationail

Inspirationail's Colour SchoolWelcome to the white 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. We’ve already covered red, pink, yellow, green, grey & black and this week we are looking at the best colours to match with wonderful white.

An Educated Guess

Like both grey and black, white is a neutral colour, so we have to use the colour wheel a little differently to come up with interesting combinations. White is perhaps the most versatile colour out there when it comes to nail art…almost every colour looks nice against a field of white. So we are going to help you discover the best colours to wear with white on you.

Even though white is neutral, we still have a few tricks for making the most of your white.

Welcoming White

We’ve often suggested pearly white nails to go with some of the brighter & harder to match colours. Although we believe that white is often best left to clothing and accessory items, in cosmetics it has a tendency to look too zinc oxide 80’s.

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Skin Tone Matters

Where clothing is concerned, white looks good on everyone, however generally Team Inspirationail doesn’t wear white on our nails – and that goes for both light & dark skin tones. When we do it always has an added element – a little opalescence, a little iridescence, a little pearl or even a little silver sparkle. Lighter skinned divas should avoid too much stark white against pale skin during winter months, stick to creamy and pearly whites. Darker skinned lovelies have a little more versatility, but should avoid overly creamy, bright whites and super sheers, both can make skin look ashy.

Neutral White

One of three neutrals, (the other two are black & grey), white pieces are a staple in most closets. Whether it’s your favorite long sleeve shirt, a way-too-high mini or those sexy summer sandals, we all love a little white. The main thing to take into consideration when choosing colours to match your white is the time of year. We are advocates of wearing white all year round, it’s clean and sexy – the trick is in how you accessorize. Here we’ll use our trusty colour wheel to help us discover the best (& worst) colours to pair with wonderful white.

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Primary Colours

Primary colours are red, yellow and blue and they are the most basic of colours. These are all bold colours and that makes them fun summertime matches, but not as well suited for winter (except for blue). For year round use try deep, dusky red, warm shimmering gold or shimmering sea blue.

Secondary Colours

Secondary colours are created by mixing different combinations of the primary colours. Red & blue make purple, red & yellow make orange and blue & yellow make green. Not nearly as glaringly stark as the primary colours, the secondaries have a lot to offer your nails. Try glittering purple, sweet, peachy orange, or shimmering leafy green.

Tertiary Colours

Tertiary colours are created by combining the three primary and three secondary colours, and there is six of them in total. Reddish-orange, yellowish-orange, yellowish-green, greenish-blue, blueish-purple and purplish-red (pink). As the colours continue to dilute one another they become easier to match & wear. The tertiaries are generally great choices for pairing with white any time of the year. We’ll spare you the entire list and pick colour combo highlights. Try creamy bisque coral, tea rose pink or terra cotta red.

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Inspirationail’s Picks

We like using our colour wheel to help find combinations we’d never have come up with. However, we’ve also been known to utilize our keen fashion sense to keep our style moving & shaking. For white we always like cool subdued neutrals, shimmering apricots and sheer, barely-there rose pink.

Your Two Cents

In the end, you have to make the decision…you are the one wearing the white. We’ve given you a few new ideas (and a few tried & true ones). Please leave us your white-matching faves 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 brown. Definitely not as easy as it sounds!


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