@mydumbnails wearing ZOYA Bela as a base color and ZOYA Dallas as a topper.

The Best Base Colors for Nail Art

If you like doing nail art, then you need a base shade! These are some of our popular flesh-toned base colors for nail art. Whether you’re doing something abstract or going for a classic French tip, choosing the right base can make your nail art appear much more put together.

Consider the tones of the polish you’re using for your art. The base and the colors you use should complement one another. Also consider the tone of your natural nail bed as well. Since these shades have lighter coverage, you should use a base that pairs well with your nail tone.

The Base Colors

Sabrina by Zoya can be best described as a white with very pale hints of fleshy pink in a sheer creme base.

Bela by Zoya can be best described as a ballet slipper pink in a sheer, milky creme finish.

Laurie by Zoya can be best described as a light, pale shade of cherry blossom pink with a soft creme finish. A delicate floral shade for an effortlessly feminine look.

Grace by Zoya can be best described as a sheer milky baby peach flesh-tone with a touch of neutral pink.

Jane by Zoya can be best described as a very light warm, milky peach-pink with subtle orangey undertones in a sheer creme base.

Bethany by Zoya can be best described as a creamy sheer flesh-toned pink nude with a hint of barely perceptible microshimmer. A clean soft shade that adds a healthy look to nails.

Using Perfectors as a Base

If your natural nail has discoloration, you may want to use a Naked Manicure Perfector as your base shade. Perfectors treat discoloration so you can have as close to a natural nail look as possible. Choose the Perfector that matches your nail tone best, or blend them to have the most accurate results. Want to learn more about Perfectors? Read our article on how to use them.

Feature photo via @mydumbnails wearing Zoya Bela as a base.