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Why You Should Make The Switch To Non-Toxic Nail Polish

Have you ever considered how the nail polish you choose has a direct impact on your overall health?
multicolour nail polish bottles with timber cap with glass nail file in black sleeve and nail polish remover bottle by sienna on white background
Our bodies, skin and nails are delicate and can be easily aggravated and damaged by harsh chemicals and toxins found in everyday products. With more information and knowledge coming to light about how certain chemicals affect our bodies and the common items they are found in, the desire to find safe alternatives has heavily increased. This is especially true in the cosmetic industry which is one of the reasons Sienna nail polish was born. Our mission is to create clean, non-toxic nail polish that is safer to use and poses less risks to our health.
Sadly, many of the chemicals used to give that high-shine and long-lasting finish to your manicure and pedicure can be harsh on the body. So as the demand for non-toxic nail polish has increased in recent years, our understanding as to why it’s important to be careful about what we put on our fingers and toes has increased too. Whether you’re going for a hot pink or a neutral nude, we now know that traditional nail polishes are full of toxic chemicals that should be avoided.
What is non-toxic nail polish?
What does “non-toxic” mean with regards to nail polish? Many nail polishes contain lots of nasty chemicals that negatively impact our health. It’s not only the toxic ingredients that cause concern with most common nail polishes, the fumes they release are enough to provide a health risk too. Anyone who has stepped into an everyday nail salon will have experienced the barrage of fumes and assault on the senses caused by the use of chemical heavy products. A non-toxic nail polish is one that seeks to eliminate these toxins.

It is difficult to produce a 100 percent chemical-free and 100 percent natural nail polish, but there are brands that are committed to doing their absolute best to keep these harmful chemicals to a minimum, ensuring customers can still get their desired slick of colour whilst maintaining strong and healthy nails, toxin-free.

The top toxic ingredients in nail polish to look out for and avoid
There are five main chemicals commonly found in nail polish deemed to be particularly harmful to our health. Of these five, three are referred to as the ‘toxic trio’ and are considered the worst offenders found in many typical nail polishes.
Formaldehyde: This is the chemical responsible for keeping your manicure fresh for longer and it’s what makes your nail polish harden. But it’s also a strong preservative, steriliser, and an embalming chemical.

Toluene: Derived from petroleum/coal tar, this is the chemical responsible for keeping your polish smooth. Exposure to this has been linked to liver and kidney damage, anaemia and a decreased blood cell count.

Dibutyl phthalate (DBP): This chemical is responsible for decreasing the brittle nature of nail polish when hardened, essentially what helps you remain ‘chip. However, this ingredient is linked to a variety of reproductive issues.

Formaldehyde Resin: A derivative of Formaldehyde, this variant is used to help keep a polish hard and smooth however it is also a carcinogen and allergen.

Camphor: This lab-created neurotoxin can cause seizures if ingested and is proven to cause liver damage when absorbed into the skin.

Other nasty ingredients to look out for are xylene and triphenyl phosphate, ethyl and parabens. These can cause allergic reactions, including skin irritation and damage to the nervous system. Ethyl tosylamide is also incredibly toxic for our environment because it remains in the ecosystem forever, never breaking down.

Many nail polish brands are now labelled as 3-free, 5-free, 7-free and more based on how many of these chemicals have been left out of their formulas. However, without a regulatory body for this type of branding it is common now for brands to include as much as possible in the ‘x free’ calculation and even sometimes include ingredients that are not commonly found in nail polish. We’ve therefore decided to not label our polish and let our ingredients list speak for itself. For more information, check out our other post, 7-free, 10-free, 12-free nail polish explained which goes into more detail about our non-toxic nail polish labeling.
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Nailing the right polish
At Sienna we love an at-home manicure and pedicure and if you’re anything like us, you’ll want your nails to look amazing without compromising your health. So, when it comes to picking your polish, it’s well worth doing your research. We are passionate about using non-toxic ingredients that will protect both the planet and your health. Our carefully curated selection of non-toxic nail polish is here to give you beautiful nails, with no nasties, all you need to do is worry about which colour to choose. We believe in transparency so while we promise to never use the nasty ingredients listed above, you can find a list of the ingredients you will find in our products on our frequently asked questions and within each product page description.
Sienna’s no-nasties promise to you
“We are proud to be able to say that our nail polish has always been free of the top-five toxins most commonly found in nail polish as well as Benzophenone-1, a chemical often linked to cancer. We are also the very first nail polish company globally, to achieve both Australian Certified Toxic-free, Made Safe and Allergy Certified certification from MADE SAFE. We understand it’s important for you to be mindful and consider all the products you use on a regular basis and we are here to help you make those informed choices.”
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Sustainable beauty at your fingertips
People and plants are everything to us. Designed in Australia with sustainability at the centre of everything we do, our range of non-toxic organic nail polish colours are packaged in an environmentally friendly way; from the wooden caps that seal our product in tight to the recyclable glass bottle that house it. Our Australian nail polish products are driven by ethics and the environment. Every item purchased from Sienna is completely vegan and cruelty-free, and our products are proudly free of micro plastics and glitter.

Everything in our collection is designed in Australia; our timber is locally sourced from local woodturners, keeping our carbon footprint low, in addition to supporting our local economy. Sienna is very proud to be accredited by a number of independent, internationally recognised auditing bodies who verify we meet the high standards we set for ourselves.

Buying non-toxic nail polish online has never been easier, and with free delivery within Australia for orders over $100, you are just a few clicks away from having your favourite Sienna vegan nail polish colour delivered to your door.
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The Conscience Gift Set is back

base coat top coat nail polish cuticle oil and glass nail file by sienna
Our much-loved Conscience Gift Set is back! For a thoughtful gift, we re-introduce this eco-friendly set, for someone who needs that extra bit of care and consideration this season.
What’s in the set?
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3 colours of your choice
This can be three of any colours/base coat/top coat in any combo you like! (If you’re choosing for someone else we recommend: base coat + top coat and one of either AmbrosiaStone or Serenity. Those colours are fairly safe as they suit most people!).
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Nourishing Cuticle oil
Our nourishing cuticle oil  is the perfect addition to your manicure kit. Add one drop to the base of each nail after you’ve painted your nails for a fresh, hydrated mani! Choose either Freesia (divine smell!) or naturally unscented. Keep them hydrated all the time by taking it with you.
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Everlasting Glass Nail File
Sienna glass nail files are a beautiful, eco-friendly addition to your manicure kit. They will never go blunt, so you can use it for years, avoiding disposable lower-quality files.
Our products are Vegan and Cruelty Free accredited, handmade with love and produced with the community and the planet in mind. Sienna is a company that focuses on ethics and sustainability in ALL of its products.
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The Sienna Sustainable Gift Guide

It goes without saying that we are all on board with receiving beautiful, mindful, sustainable gifts that do no harm to people or planet. Here are our top tips for gifting sustainably this year.
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It’s no secret we love a clean beauty gift around here, but there are loads of ways to shop mindfully and sustainably when you’re looking for presents. You could try sourcing gifts from small-batch producers, give your time or an experience. You could even get creative and make something.

We’ve put together a fun guide with beautiful, sustainable gift ideas by personality type.

The Maximalist
You know what they say, a maximalist is outgoing and confident in their own style. They don’t follow the trends – they make the trends! Maximalists love trying new things.
Sustainable gift ideas for The Maximalist
A great sustainable gift idea for The Maximalist in your life could be experiential, rather than material. Try learning a new skill together or gift a shared meal at a restaurant they have been busting to try. Make a special meal to share – the most complex you can find! If you’re thinking a clean beauty gift will make their heart sing, we suggest vivacious nail colours from our collection. A bright fuchsia like Spell and a hit of vibrant turquoise will be the MVPs of any maximalist beauty kit.
homemade fig tart
The Minimalist
You won’t see a minimalist packing for two suitcases with bags of makeup “just in case” for a week-long holiday (see: The Maximalist). The Minimalist is more of a no-fuss type who knows what they like and sticks to it.
Sustainable gift ideas for The Minimalist
Keeping things easy-breezy and streamlined is a way of life for the Minimalist. Why not try gifting an elevated version of a useful item? This way you know your gift is practical and won’t sit in a cupboard gathering dust. Things like hand-milled soap, a citrus press or ceramic keep cup all fall into this category. Minimalists keep their beauty routine pretty minimal too. If you’re looking to gift self-care, something like our Essential duo of core essentials or an everlasting nail file  are our top picks.
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The Byron Bae
You don’t need to live in Byron Bay to be a Byron Bae. It’s more a state of mind. The Byron Bae loves green smoothies in a jar after an early morning walk through nature. Bags are raffia baskets, clothes are flowing (they’re easier to throw on over a swimsuit, don’t you know?!). A big night out is a movie screened on a projector in the back garden with some fairy lights, floor cushions and a plant-based menu prepared from the farmer’s market.
Sustainable gift ideas for The Byron Bae
A considered, sustainable gift is just what the Byron Bae is hoping for. We suggest some locally foraged wildflowers, home made vegan marshmallows (there are loads of recipes online) or some locally made candles to bring ambience to those back-garden gatherings. We all know Byron Baes like their beauty glowy and barely there so, if you want to give the gift of clean beauty, try the  blissed-out sheer pink of Peace or keep Byron Bay forever close by gifting Wategos, the clear blue water crème named for our most iconic beach.
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The Neutralist
You can find neutralists everywhere and they are the very definition of chic. They always look well put together and seem to have no trouble deciding what to wear each morning because the neutralists’ beloved colour spectrum of cream to beige to brown means everything goes with everything else.
Sustainable gift Ideas for the Neutralist
Lush house plants in an artisanal planter are fail-safe options for the neutralist in your life – and you know it will work seamlessly with their favoured colour palette. Or help your giftee give their beauty kit a sustainable makeover and put together a little beauty kit with konjac sponges, vegan make-up brushes, reusable make-up remover wipes and a luxe bar of solid shampoo or conditioner. When it comes to nail polish, Neutralists are among the easiest to shop for. A super-flattering dusty mauve crème like Rosie is a neutral lover’s dream shade and the warm clay of Calm is another colour she will adore. Of course, there is always the OG, Sienna.
Nude and neutral nail polish glass bottle with timber cap line-up by sienna
Everyone else
If you don’t see your giftee here, never fear. The beauty of gifting sustainably means moving beyond the typical gifting options. You don’t need us to tell you that gifting with a sustainable mindset means thinking not only about how things are made, but what the giftee might actually use or appreciate.

Babysitting coupons for tired parents desperate for a date night will be joyfully received and are the very definition of thoughtful. If you’re looking to gift a man that doesn’t wear polish, how about a shaving subscription to give their shaving routine a plastic-free overhaul? Whether you’re planning ahead or five minutes out from gift o’clock, our first response is: Send a gift card from your favourite local, sustainable business so they can choose exactly what they want. Besides, everyone loves a gift card.

What are your favourite sustainable gifting ideas? Let us know in the comments.
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Our Enchanted Dreams collection has arrived

Explore our new summer collection featuring three beautiful colours you’ll be reaching for all year.
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~ Luna ~

Eggshell white crème

“Yours is the light by which my spirit’s born:
you are my sun, my moon, and all my stars

— E. E. Cummings

Nothing says summer like white nails and Luna is the summer colour you’ll be reaching for all year. It’s the soft, eggshell white of dreams and is perfectly formulated to give you a stunning colour payoff in the modern-luxe full coverage finish Sienna is known for. Be kissed by the moon with this iconic colour. It’s on high rotation at Sienna HQ and we think you’re going to love it as much as we do.
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~ Spell ~

Bright mid-tone fuchsia crème

“A magic moment I remember:
I raised my eyes and you were there”

— Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin

Spell is a luxe, modern colour that meets at the sweet spot of flirty fun and serious business. This versatile, vibrant shade is inspired by the anticipation, joy and playfulness of the season. Elevate your look and your vibe with this celebratory colour. It’s magic, so go ahead and cast a spell all year long with this beautiful mid-tone fuchsia.
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fushia nail polish on dark skin tone by sienna
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~ Romance ~

Warm strawberry red crème

“In vain I have struggled. It will not do.
My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you
how ardently I admire and love you

— Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Take a moment to fall in love with Romance. This nail polish is inspired by the giddy joys of a holiday romance; the feeling of sunlight on your skin, holding hands and staying out late. So bring your grand gestures, tiny heart flutters and all the big feels with this warm strawberry red at your fingertips. This chic and cheering polish is here just in time for the holidays. But you don’t need a special occasion for Romance – let love rule every damn day.
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Here is a colour chart for a comparison of the new nail colours alongside some of our current range, to help you choose some new beauties.
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DIY Halloween nails with these chic and on-trend nail art designs

Halloween is coming and we have created three striking nail art designs that hit the sweet spot of spooky and chic.

halloween blood nail art on fair skin tone by sienna

Oh hello, Halloween nails

Halloween might look a little different this year, but whether you’re on the couch with a scary movie marathon or at a socially distanced get-together, nothing gets in the way of a good Halloween mani! And we have some great designs to share with you. The best part? These are all super-easy to achieve at home.

But first, nail prep

Because nail prep is everything. You don’t need any special tools to achieve these looks, but it is still a good idea to get all the things you do need close to hand (You can read our tried and tested DIY manicure tips on our website).  As always, we recommend starting with a protective base coat to give you a smooth surface to paint on and finishing with a top coat for glossy goodness at the finish line. A good slick of top coat also keeps all your spooky-chic nail art locked in.

Abstract pumpkin

TangoBase CoatTop Coat

Is it even Halloween without pumpkins? Nope. We’re going to skip the complicated carving this year in favour of this abstract pumpkin mani. We won’t tell anyone how easy this is, if you don’t.

  • Get your nails ready. Remove any old polishfile them to clean up the shape (if you need to) and apply base coat.
  • Next, choose an orange nail polish. We are using Tango, our beloved tangerine crème. Alternatively, try this burnt orange.
  • Using your brush, paint a round shape on your nail. It doesn’t have to be perfectly round, this is abstract art, after all. If your round shape is organic in form, all the better.
  • Repeat this process on every nail, placing your round shape in a different spot on each nail.
  • Finally seal the deal with a top coat to protect your mani.

You are now ready to wow everyone with your Halloween nails. Compliments guaranteed at virtual parties and on the trick or treat circuit.

Black french

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Ou la la! The iconic French manicure has been given a Halloween makeover for 2020.

We’re going to revisit one of our all-time favourite eco beauty hacks to create this showstopping mani. If you don’t have a super steady hand (think nail tech precision) then you’ll find it easier to use the little stickers you find on apples, avos and/or oranges to perfect the French line.

  • Gather your fruit stickers and cut five of them in half so you have 10 stickers. We are going to use them to help create a beautiful, rounded line.
  • Prep your nails by cleaning up your shape, removing polish and applying a base coat.
  • Choose a black nail polish. We might be biased, but our jet-black Onyx crème is stunning.
  • Place a fruit sticker on your nail where you would like the thin black line to be. Press it down firmly and make sure there are no gaps where polish can seep through.
  • Using the curve of the fruit sticker to guide you, paint a small amount of polish onto the free edge of the nail to create the black line. Start at the sides and do two thin coats.
  • Allow to dry for a minimum of 30 seconds before gently peeling the labels off. Hot tip! Peel the label off from the sides.
  • Finish with the top coat.

This is such a versatile mani and, now you know how simple it is, you can mix it up with different colour polishes to make the look your own.

Chic blood nails

FlorenceBase CoatTop Coat

Channel Carrie with this chic blood manicure for all the Halloween feels.

  • As usual, prep your nails so you have a good base to work with.
  • Choose a dark, deep red nail polish. We are using our magenta plum crème, Florence.
  • Lightly brush the tip of one nail with polish.
  • Next, remove all excess polish from the brush and use the brush to drag the polish you just applied down the nail in small strokes to create the drip effect.
  • Repeat the process on one other nail.
  • Paint the rest of your nails with a full coat of the same colour. We suggest two coats for densely pigmented perfection.
  • Finish with a top coat to seal in your handiwork.
  • Place a fruit sticker on your nail where you would like the thin black line to be. Press it down firmly and make sure there are no gaps where polish can seep through.
  • Using the curve of the fruit sticker to guide you, paint a small amount of polish onto the free edge of the nail to create the black line. Start at the sides and do two thin coats.
  • Allow to dry for a minimum of 30 seconds before gently peeling the labels off. Hot tip! Peel the label off from the sides.
  • Finish with the top coat.

This is such a versatile mani and, now you know how simple it is, you can mix it up with different colour polishes to make the look your own.

And just like that, you have Instagram worthy nails for Halloween. Tag us to share your Halloween nail art with us.

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Nail shapes 101. How to shape your own natural nails at home

It’s nail shaping time. We share the nail tech knowledge you need to do your own nails like a pro. We won’t tell anyone how easy it is if you don’t.

Tools of the trade
You don’t need much to get started shaping your nails. For all these shapes, we do recommend using a glass nail file. Not only are they more hygienic than a standard emery board, but the fine grit allows you to be precise with your filing. They also smooth and seal the freshly filed edges as they go, preventing breaks and peeling. It’s quite the eco-beauty flex, as glass nail files will never go blunt. And everyone loves an eco-beauty flex.
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Almond nails
Almond nails are a classic, elegant look on everyone. A-listers, your neighbour, your Pilates teacher, your nana; absolutely everyone can rock this look. Almond nails are long, before tapering in at the nail bed to a softly pointed tip. If you want to extend the look of your nails, fingers and hands, this is the shape for you.

Starting from the outside and working your way in, use your file to shape each nail towards the centre to create a soft tip.

Prep your nails with a base coat and a gorgeous colour like Serenity and you’re ready for anything.

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Oval nails
Oval nails are a super-flattering look for everyone, as long as you’ve got a bit of length to work with. Baes with small hands should lock this look in, as oval nails elongate the overall appearance of your hands.
Again, starting from the outside in, use your file to shape the tip of your nail into an oval shape. The look you are aiming for is a rounded but flat, blunt tip. And that’s all there is to it.
Choose a stunning neutral shade like Rosie and finish with a glossy top coat and you’re good to go.
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Square nails
Square nails are best suited for those with long fingers and slim nails as this look visually shortens fingers and adds width. Your mani time is going to be a breeze as square nails not only look modern and are cool-girl approved, they’re also very low maintenance.
Using your clippers, trim your nails straight across the top to create a straight-line finish. Use your file to smooth the edge and you’re ready to go, you clever nail-pro, you.
Choose a soft pink in a full crème finish like Melody for instant chic.
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Squoval nails
The natural nail shape to rule them all. If your nail goals include low maintenance, natural nails, say hello to squoval nails. As you can guess from the name, the squoval shape is the lovechild of the square and oval nail shapes. They are best described as a square tip with gently rounded edges.
File the sides of your nails to create gently rounded edges but keep the line across the centre straight.
A colour like Wategos is perfect for a fresh finish.
squoval nail shape with pastel blue nail polish by sienna
Round nails
Mani trends come and go, but round nails remain ever-popular. This is one of the easiest shapes to create at home and works across all nail lengths – especially short nails. Round nails are perfect for those with a wide nail bed or people who want to optically elongate the length of their hands and fingers.
File your nails in one direction to create a gentle rounded tip that follows the natural line of your cuticle and Voila! You have achieved round nail glory, just like that.
Give your mani a little something-something and paint your nails with a bright and cheering polish like Sunflower.
Round nail shape with yellow nail polish by sienna
Now you know everything there is to know about natural nail shaping. We can’t wait to see you get your DIY nail bar on and shape your own nails to a salon standard at home!
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Behind the Scenes of a clean beauty photoshoot

Come with us for backstage access to our recent photoshoot and see the faces behind the hands you see on our socials.

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We are giving our website a sweet refresh and can’t wait for you to see the brand-new pics we took at a local studio in Byron Bay recently. In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek of the Sienna team and all the BTS magic happening on set.

What’s new?

We are going in close for this shoot. How close? Really close! These new pics are going to give you a front-row seat so you can see exactly what our dreamy colours look like in action. And don’t worry, we’re still swatching our entire collection on different skin tones, as we have since the beginning.

Did somebody say video?

We’re also super excited to let you know that video is also coming to the website, so you can understand Sienna colours even better when you’re browsing or shopping online. And is there anything more mesmerising than watching nail polish swirling around?

It’s all coming soon

We can’t wait for you to see all our shiny new images. We’ll let you know as soon as they’re live.

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for all the latest news, nail inspiration and tutorials.

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Spring is in the air

With the change of season fast approaching, we can’t help but feel a sense of joy. Even indoors, the colours starting to bloom outside are feeling like a breath of fresh air.

We are beginning to wear our brighter wardrobe again – despite needing several jumpers! And as we go on our early morning walks, we can see native flowers spring from the ground as if celebrating new beginnings. We definitely feel inspired by these beautiful soft pink and purple hues.

 With so many beautiful new colours to inspire us, here are our top picks for the beginning of spring.

This bright and true soft lily crème is pretty and punchy. Guaranteed compliments.
lilac nail polish bottle with timber cap and pink flowers in the background by sienna
Lean into everyday swoon with this divine blushing pink. Floral in all the best ways.
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Blossom is spring in a bottle. This is just the most vivacious pink and it looks absolutely glorious on everyone.
pink nail polish bottle with timber cap by sienna with baby's breath flowers background
One of the most crushable pinks in our collection. This soft, dreamy pink was part of our Poetry collection last Spring and has been flying off the shelves ever since.
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Inspired by one of our favourite local beaches, this soft blue hue is your new go-to.
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Like gently plucked petals, Peony is the softest pink sure to complement any outfit.
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Forget dry wintery hands and awaken your nail beds from their slumber with these 3 nail tips.

  1. Cuticle oil for hydration plus

We. Can’t. Get. Enough. Nourish your nail bed and treat yourself to a mindful self-care moment at the end of every day by massaging some cuticle oil or cream into the base of your nails before bed and let it work it’s (evidence-based) magic to hydrate and soften your cuticles while you sleep. Don’t take our word for it though. Sienna cuticle oil is one of our best-reviewed products.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Beautiful product! Love this cuticle oil! Really softens the cuticle, makes cleaning up the cuticle so easy! And gorgeous packing”  — Rebecca W

  1. How to file your nails into a flattering shape that works for everyone

The secret is out. A rounded square is the answer to all your nail shaping questions. It’s an easy shape to achieve at home and has the added bonus of making your nail bed appear longer. Start by tapering the sides of your nails with a fine grit nail file, then as you get to the top, start angling your file to curve the edges a little and Voila! You have served up a luxe salon look, just like that.

Try our best-selling everlasting nail file for all the day spa feels at home.

  1. The multitasking hero everyone needs in their kit

Everyone ones a multitasking product and a great base coat is the MVP of your nail kit. It keeps your nails strong and creates a smooth surface to paint on. It’s the last step before you apply colour.

Get inspired by our beautiful spring colours
pink and nude nail polish hand swatch on fair and medium skin tone by sienna

What colours suit your skin tone?

“How will I know what colours suit my skin tone?” is one of our most frequently asked questions at Sienna. And while there are absolutely no rules, there are some shades that will look more flattering than others, depending on your skin tone. This means the colours are well matched to your undertone or provide just the right amount of contrast to make your nails pop. With over 40 gorgeous shades of Sienna to choose from it can be hard to know where to start. So if your nail polish soul mate still eludes you, never fear. We are here to help you choose a polish that will give you both a high-performance manicure and look absolutely dreamy at the same time.

pink and nude nail polish hand swatch on fair and medium skin tone by sienna

You do you


But as we are fond of saying around here “You do you”. Sometimes you find a nail polish and it’s love. So if you like a fuchsia-hued mani with your corporate workwear, go for it. If you are committed to a dark wine crème in high summer, we won’t stand in your way. In this crazy-busy, fast-paced world we live in, a slick of nail polish in a colour that lifts your spirits can spark a little moment of joy.


The Guide


While there are many (so many) trends and ways to choose a colour for your nails, here is the best of the accepted wisdom to choosing a flattering colour for your skin tone.


Deep/Dark skin

Vivid reds and pinks are your go-to classics, but mauve pink, fiery red-orange, deep purple, yellow, blacks, bronze, green, almond, mocha and caramel based neutrals are all going to look terrific. As will bold colours. And even yellow. The world is your nail bar, you lucky thing!

Photo: Luscious

bright Pink Nail Polish hand swatch on Dark Skin tone by Sienna

Medium skin

If this is you, a wide range of colours are going to be flattering. Choose burgundies, plums and wine tones for a super-chic look. Fruity/coral type shades and pastels like bubblegum pink and lilac will also look gorgeous. Teal is the best of the blues for you.

Photo: Melody and Whisper

pastel pink and purple nail polish hand swatch on medium skin tone by sienna

Olive skin

If you are an olive-skinned beauty, be guided by tropical colours like orange, hot pink, coral and melon – they will all look amazing. But so will browns, taupes and terracotta if you are after a more subtle look.

Photo: Love

Coral pink nail polish hand swatch on fair skin tone by sienna

Light/Fair skin

For a classic colour choice, your friends are soft pinks and blue-toned berry colours. Having said that, classic red, and even a bright-vermillion crème look fantastic. Navy and charcoal are great if you are looking for a glam high-impact look with an edge.  A warm clay or a sheer pink are the best options for a neutral look.

Photo: Melody

light pink nail polish hand swatch on fair skin tone by sienna

If all else fails, look at your best, most flattering lipstick or, even your lips, and choose a shade that as close as possible to that.


As you can imagine, colour is a hot topic at Sienna HQ and we all have our favourite colours and go-tos. You can imagine how much we have loved putting this guide together for you. Please let us know if there’s any we have missed.

light pink nail polish bottles with timber cap by sienna

All the pretty pinks. The 8 most beautiful pink nail polishes

Do you have a favourite pink? Every mani lover has a signature pink nail polish they return to again and again, but if you’re still looking for your pink polish soulmate, we’re here for you. Come with us on a (virtual) tour of pink polish via the Sienna collection. From the dusty hues to the luscious pinks, here are some of the most gorgeous pinks we’ve created.

light pink nail polish bottles with timber cap by sienna
Sheer pink polish – it’s a classic for all the right reasons

A sheer wash of soft pink just feels right somehow – no matter the weather, no matter where you are – when you are styling a sheer pink mani, you’ll always feel polished. Peace is one of the most loved Sienna colours because it always works.

Pink sheer nail polish hand swatch on dark skin tone by sienna
Pinky-peachy goodness

It’s all about the holiday feels with this vibrant peachy pink.  It’s essentially summer fun in a bottle and brings a look of total joy to your mani.

Peachy pink nail polish hand swatch on medium skin tone by sienna
Make it bright, baby

Give your nails a densely pigmented, wildly vivacious manicure with bright raspberry crème. A bold bright pink will elevate any outfit and give you all the confidence. And compliments.

bright pink nail polish on dark skin tone by sienna
Pastels and soft pinks

Bold, strong colours aren’t for everyone, and that’s okay when you have dreamy soft pinks like this. From rosewater pastel to blushing pink goodness for a clear true pink, soft pinks can do anything!

pastel pink nail polish hand swatch on fair skin tone by sienna
Pink. But make it neutral

Rosie and Serenity have something of a cult following among mani fans. Rosie is a unique shade that hits the sweet spot between pink and dusty mauve, while Serenity is a gift of a colour is reminiscent of a very pale, pink kaolin clay. These two magical colours are perfect for the neutral nail lover who wants a touch of pink.

dusty pink nail polish hand swatch on fair and Medium Skin tone by sienna
Ballerina pink

We all need a ballerina-style pink polish on-deck. It defies trends and is an eternal classic. Fall in love with the romantic qualities of cherry blossom pinks and dusty rose crème to nail this look.

ballerina pink nail polish on tan skin tone by sienna
Pink…. With crystals!

Who loves a little bit of shimmer magic, Sienna style? If you fancy a subtle touch of sparkle, a powder pink crème with a soft shimmer is your go-to. If you would like to bring the equivalent of pink champagne to your nails, well, we have just the colour for you too.

pink crystal nail polish hand swatch on dark skin tone by sienna