Pedicure Ideas For Dark Skin

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When you’re making the choice of which shade to apply to your toenails, it can take some time, considering all of the color options available. And you probably have your favorites that really suit your skin tone.

New colors and shades launch regularly, covering the span of the entire rainbow. And luckily for those with darker skins, many of them also suit deeper shades of skin, unlike foundations and lipsticks. But what about your pedicure? Especially if you like switching things up.

In this article, Luxe Luminous looks at pedicure ideas for dark skin.


Pedi Time!

Having a pedicure gives you the perfect opportunity to have a bit of fun with your nail polish color, especially if you’re a creature of habit and usually stick to applying nudes, pinks, and reds on your fingernails.

Having a pedicure gives you the perfect opportunity to have a bit of fun with your nail polish color, especially if you’re a creature of habit and usually stick to applying nudes, pinks, and reds on your fingernails.

Playing with the nails on your toes, though, can give you the chance to experiment with brighter or more vivid shades. And if you can’t wear a crazy color pedicure to work, you can always wear shoes or socks, and enjoy your tootsies on your off time.

Pedicure Ideas For Dark Skin Tones

Luckily, if you have dark skin, most nail polish colors on the market include shades that will suit more melanated skin tones. So, the biggest problem you might face when choosing a pedicure color is narrowing down which one you want to wear. Of course, you can always just keep changing up your pedicure!

And this is why Luxe Luminous is here to give you some suggestions you may want to try. Keep reading to find out what they are.

Not So Mellow Yellow

Those of us with melanin-rich skin have a huge advantage when it comes to high-impact color that pops, especially a color like sunshine yellow, fiery orange, cobalt blue, neons, and dazzling chromes and metallics that sparkle and shine.

For a brilliant yellow that will have your pedicure popping, why not try Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Polish  in Daisy Dukes, which will give you a chip-resistant and long lasting finish that will stay on for days.

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Polish, Streak-Free, Shiny Finish, Long-Lasting Nail Color, Daisy Dukes, 0.4 fl oz
  • Bold Color
  • Major Shine
  • Streak-Free Formula
  • 100% Vegan
  • Color Your Way, Anytime, Anywhere.

According to the reviews on Amazon, you will probably need to add up to three coats to give your toenails enough coverage, but seeing this sunshine summery yellow color dazzle them will be worth the effort.

Rhymes with Orange

If it’s a more orangey color that you’re looking for, then Karma Organics Hues Rodanthe Sunsets  may do the trick. This organic, cruelty-free and vegan nail polish ticks all the right boxes when it comes to keeping your nails healthy.

karma organic Natural Nail Polish-Non-Toxic Nail Art, Vegan and Cruelty-Free Nail Paint (Rodanthe Sunsets)
  • ❤ POLISH WITH KARMA – Made in the...
  • ❤ NOURISH YOUR NAILS – Our vitamin...
  • ❤ CLEAN BEAUTY FORMULA – Our unique...
  • ❤ VEGAN and CRUELTY FREE – We...
  • ❤ SUPPORT ECO VALUES – We use glass...

That’s because its chemical-free formula doesn’t include things like TPHP, toluene, formaldehyde, and DBP, which are extremely damaging to your health. So, it’s suitable even for pregnant women and those who are allergic to most nail polish brands. Plus, it’s made in the USA.

Liquid Gold

Fancy a bit of gold and sparkle? Well, Zoya’s Goldie Metallic  has you covered. This color, when applied to your toes, will give off a bright and reflective yellow gold metallic appearance that’s sprinkled with a fine golden shimmer.

Basically, it looks like liquid gold for the nails.

ZOYA Nail Polish, Goldie, 0.5 fl. oz.
  • Does Not Contain Doetoluene Or Dibutyl...
  • Chip-Resistant

Zoya’s range of nail polish is also vegan and Big 10 Free, which means it doesn’t contain chemical nasties like formaldehyde, toulene, parabens, camphor, lead, xylene, and ethyl in its formulation, making it suitable for the more health conscious, as well as those allergic to nail polish.

Zoya’s range of nail polish is also vegan and Big 10 Free, which means it doesn’t contain chemical nasties like formaldehyde, toulene, parabens, camphor, lead, xylene, and ethyl in its formulation.

Green With Envy

If you’re wanting to make others green with envy with your dazzling pedicure, then ILNP’s Boutique Nail Polish  in Reminisce has everything you need in one bottle.

ILNP Reminisce - Green, Blue Color Shifting Ultra Chrome Nail Polish
  • High quality, boutique nail lacquer
  • Long lasting & fast drying
  • Cruelty Free / Vegan
  • Amazing color shifting effect
  • Fully opaque, no need for a base coat

Its non-toxic vegan and cruelty free formulation is probably the most vibrant and ultra chrome nail polishes on the market, and you won’t need to use a UV light, because it dries naturally.

The stunning green of this multi chromatic nail polish color will look amazing on darker skins after just two coats, and will last for days without chipping.

The Sky’s The Limit

If you’re a fan of the blues, then there are several shades of nail polish on the market — from cosmic shimmers to vibrant unicorns — that you might want to consider to get your perfect pedicure.

Wet N Wild Shine Color  in Putting On Airs is a quick dry and long-lasting formula that provides a high shine finish to this gorgeous mermaid blue. And as with many nail polishes these days, it doesn’t contain formaldehyde, toluene, or phthalates to give your nails healthier embellishment.

Revlon’s revolutionary two-step No products found. in Try Your Luck is a gorgeous shimmery and vivid cobalt blue that will give you a salon-quality gel pedicure at home, without the need for harmful UV lights.

Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Polish, with Built-in Base Coat & Glossy Shine Finish, in Blue/Green, 445 Try Your Luck, 0.4 oz
  • Outrageous shine and rich, long lasting...
  • Delivers high impact, salon-quality...
  • Formulated with shea butter and oils to...
  • Wide angle brush creates smooth, bubble...
  • Pair with our Revlon Gel Envy Diamond...

The 2-in-1 nail polish, which is formulated with shea butter and oils to condition your nails, acts as a base coat and color in just one bubble-free application. It’s also formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP free.

If you finish this cobalt shimmer off with a protective top coat of Revlon’s chip-resistant No products found., then your pedicure will last for up to 10 days without chipping or flaking.

Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel, Chip Resistant Diamond Top Coat Nail Polish with Shine, 0.4 fl oz
  • Salon quality, gel-like brilliant shine...
  • Designed to work with ColorStay Gel Envy...
  • Formulated with DiamondFlex Technology,...
  • Wide angle brush creates smooth, bubble...
  • Wear on top of our 46 vibrant Revlon Gel...

Did someone say cosmic? Well just in case, Revlon’s chip resistant No products found. in Hologasm will have admirers wondering if you’ve visited a nail salon in space, with its on-trend holographic and metallic effect.

Revlon Nail Enamel, Chip Resistant Nail Polish, Glossy Shine Finish, in Black/Grey, 100 Hologasm, 0.5 oz
  • Our Chip Defiant and anti-fade...
  • Gorgeous color goes on smoothly and...
  • Formulated without formaldehyde, dibutyl...
  • Choose from 64 sheer, opaque, shimmer,...
  • Pair with our Revlon Quick Dry Base Coat...

The vibrant and holographic chrome shade is fade resistant, and it is free from harsh chemical nasties found in many nail polishes, like formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, formaldehyde resin, and camphor.

Final Tips For Your Tootsies

We hope that you’ve enjoyed the pedicure ideas for dark skin that we have shared with you here, so that you may now be ready to shop for the perfect color to wear on your toenails. The only thing that we want to add is — we hope you have a happy application!

Written by Kayla Young

Kayla is the founder of LuxeLuminous. She has worked professionally in the tanning industry for years. She has been interested in esthetics since childhood, and has tried every hair, skin, and makeup product ever produced (more or less).