Nude nails, it’s the vaguest of trends that cover a multitude of colors: Beige, caramel, ballet-shoe pink, creamy peach, mushroom, mocha (we could go on). But what’s a girl to do when muted starts to feel meh?
The clever thing about nude nail polish is that it flatters hands by giving the appearance of longer fingers (not that we have anything against short fingers, natch). It also makes a great neutral base for delicate nail art designs and looks incredible alternated with a glittery accent nail on long acrylics. Prefer a no-fuss, high-shine vibe? Try some gel nude nails on coffin-shaped acrylics for added drama. Tracy Lee demonstrates how good a matte finish looks when using multiple beige shades for a pretty gradient effect. And props to Townhouse for their clever wet-look design.
We searched Instagram for the best nude nail looks and threw all our bright nail polishes in the bin (not really, that would be wasteful). Enjoy.
Touch of Sparkle
Add a scattering of sparkle above your cuticles to brighten a nude mani.
Pastel colors won’t stand out too hard on a nude background, creating a lovely is-it-there-or-is-it-not effect.Continue reading below ↓
A simple-but-chic gold strand along the bottom of each nail adds an interesting detail to an understated look.
Brighten up your cuticles with a flash of rainbow polish.Continue reading below ↓
Rose-gold kisses add a little extra to your accent nail.
Go for Gold
Love a metallic mani but don't want to look OTT? Try this understated style on for size.Continue reading below ↓
This bridal-inspired lace nail art gives a fresh take on the classic white French tip.
Beige nails that got caught in the rain. The pros use a clear gel to create the droplets, you can use a clear at-home varnish.Continue reading below ↓
A chunky glitter stripe down the length of each nail. You’ll need some nail tape to get those ruler-sharp edges, but other than that, EASY!
A long tip will always look chic in beige, especially when it’s softened with a curve.Continue reading below ↓
So fun, yet so simple. Consider this one nail art for beginners.
Fancy a new piercing but don’t have any more room on your ears? Et voilà!Continue reading below ↓
Negative space nail art isn't going anywhere, and this metallic glitter look is our fave to date.
Delicate white doodles on a nude base. There’s also something very Zen about floating a dot above your cuticles.Continue reading below ↓
Who knew teaming nude nails with a clear acrylic stiletto tip could look so damn classy?
It's official: A teeny-tiny stripe of neon yellow is never not a good idea.Continue reading below ↓
*Public service announcement* Looking at these cloud-like nails will slow your breathing and make your shoulders drop.
Try disappearing stars that look like they’re floating.Continue reading below ↓
Caramel and cream tips add chic detail to this all-natural nail look.
A bright white cuticle cuff alongside a softer nude one. An absolute look for shorter nails.Continue reading below ↓
Gel nails with a gentle gradient. It’s simple, but you’ll still get compliments.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again—nude nails make the best base for oh-so-delicate nail art.Continue reading below ↓
In the mood for something minimalist? Bright black and white tips will do just nicely.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com/uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.