When in doubt, nude nails all the way. But let’s just be clear, a nude manicure is anything but bland - sure, it’s classic and works with everything in your wardrobe, but nude nail polish has also proved itself as a worthy accessory on the red carpet, your wedding day, and as a great base to some amazing nail art looks.
Plus, there are literally hundreds of nude nail colours to choose from so you’ll never get bored of the versatile colour. Hint: Pick a nude nail polish that matches your skin tone for a manicure that pops.
Looking for ideas for some nude nail designs to try? We’ve pulled together some of the best celebrity nude manicures to inspire your daily mani and your next special occasion nail look.
We love Josephine’s pairing of an edgy winged eyeliner with bare lips and lids along with a nude nail polish to match. Her decision to opt for short nails adds to her understated and modern look.
Khloe Kardashian’s matte nails and dark nude shade bring a level of attitude that this slicked-back hair and glistening highlighter deserves. We also love that the length is long, but not full-on acrylic nails-esque.
Known as ombre nails, this look is the modern version of the French manicure - the white tips are less defined and transition smoothly into a creamy nude hue. It looks like your nails, only better.
Barely-there pink nails are one of our favourite takes on the nude manicure. It’s pretty, pulled-together and goes with everything. We love the opaque finish of Sofia’s nails. Psst, the exact shade she’s wearing is NCLA Not So Sweet.
Want to jazz up your nude nails? The good news is this neutral tone goes with anything. You can’t help but notice Ashley’s nails thanks to the stark contrast between the rich red and creamy nude base.
Nude on nude on nude gets a BIG tick of approval from us. All the proof you need that pale skin looks great with a nude wash of colour on your nails, the secret here is to go for a soft pinky hue that mimics your natural nail colour.
JLo is no stranger to epic nail designs (have you seen her $100-note manicure?!) but she also knows the power of a nude manicure. This mani’s subtlety is the perfect complement her bold makeup and big hair.
When you’re off-duty and chilling out on holiday, there’s no better colour to bring those laidback vibes than a sheer nude. Do yourself a favour and get gel nails so you don’t need to give your mani a second thought the entire time you’re away.
Want to dress up your nude nails but still keep them ultra wearable? Take your cues from Shay Mitchell and paint a neon yellow polish along the tips.
We all know Kim is partial to nude shades, and that includes her manicure wardrobe. In the past, she’s confessed her love for two nude nail polishes in particular: OPI Nail Polish in Samoan Sand and Essie Nail Polish in Sand Tropez.
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What's your favourite nude nail look? What's your go-to nude nail polish product?
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Chelsea is BEAUTYcrew’s Contributing Editor. She has a sweet spot for anything that claims to make skin glow and won’t leave the house without a slick of mascara. Chelsea has 10 years of experience as a beauty editor and her words can be found on BEAUTYcrew, Women’s Health, Daily Addict, The Joye and Primped.