When you regularly wear nail polish, you want to know your go-to classic shades. These are the colors that you can reach for when you’re looking for an understated, timeless polish that goes with everything. While it’s helpful for DIY manicures, it’s even more useful when you visit the nail salon because it means you don’t have to parse through the hundreds of options there. To save you some time, we tapped three celebrity manicurists to share their go-to best nail colors to serve as inspiration.
These polishes are shades of beige, pink, red, and purple that are gorgeous and subtle. Plus, they’re colors that you’ll see on shelves no matter the time of year. “I look for polishes that are consistently available versus something that was part of a capsule collection or is limited edition,” says Julie Kandalec, celebrity nail artist and educator.
Whether you’re looking for the perfect sheer shade for your complexion or daring “neutral” to brighten up dreary winter days, we’ve got eleven expert-selected options below.