Mustard Yellow Nails: Everything You Need to Get the Trend

Mustard Yellow Nails: Everything You Need to Get the Trend
Written by Allison

Rock this year’s mustard yellow nails trend like a pro

There is no denying it: mustard yellow is IN. The it color beloved by many a millennial is no longer blush pink. Mustard yellow is the fun pop of color that can’t help but to make you smile and pop on a ’70s themed filter on all your Instagrams. Our favorite way to wear the trend? Mustard yellow nails.

Mustard Yellow Nails: Everything You Need to Get the Trend

Mustard yellow nails application tips

For whatever reason, mustard yellow nails seems to be a hard pigment combo to get right for nail polish makers. I’ve tried a few yellow nail polishes and across the board they tend to be a bit weak on pigment and can be streaky. These are the best tips for getting a solid, even, perfect mustard yellow.

  • Start with a sticky base coat. My favorite is the ORLY Bonder Base Coat, it sticks to your nails and the next layer of polish to help keep things from chipping or getting streaky.
  • Use an opaque white first layer. Because yellow polishes tend to be on the thin side, opt for an opaque base coat to ensure you don’t get any weirdness around the natural white of your nails. My favorite white nail polish is the Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail Polish in Well Well Well. Make sure you let this layer dry completely before starting with the yellow.
  • Opt for thin layers. They dry faster if you have to keep doubling up, and they tend to wear better in my opinion.
  • Check your skin tone. Mustard yellow can come with all kinds of undertones from beige to green-ish to orange to brown. Not every shade of mustard yellow is going to look great on your hands.

Best mustard yellow nail polish shades

China Glaze In Sun Worshiper 

This China Glaze polish has a gorgeous orange hint that makes it much more easy to wear for people with warm skin tones.

Cirque Colors Creme Polish in Mustard Yellow

For your pinterest-classic, true mustard yellow, opt for this Cirque polish.

Sinful Colors in On The Bright Side

Mustard Yellow Nails: Everything You Need to Get the Trend

My personal favorite is this Sinful Colors polish! It has the perfect mix of orange and yellow.

Zoya Nail Polish in Darcy

For cool skin tones, opt for this Zoya polish that has the coolest undertone of the lot.

OPI Nail Polish in Sun See and Sand in My Pants 

For a beige undertone, go for this OPI pick from the Lisbon collection.

Habit Cosmetics in Honey Mustard

We love this Habit polish that has a gorgeous red tint.

Arte Clavo Gel Polish in Goldenrod 

For gel polish lovers you need to go for this Arte Clavo option! It has a beige undertone that makes it super wearable.

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About the author


Bio: She's a New Orleans based beauty writer, nail polish hoarder, and doughnut enthusiast. When she isn't camping out in her local coffee shop for hours on end, you'll probably find her taking selfies in front of every colorful wall she's ever seen. Follow along on Instagram @allisonmarieschmidt.

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