22 Nude Nail Art Ideas to Mix Up Your Basic Manicure

Nail trends may come and go, but a neutral manicure will never go out of style. Don't get us wrong: bright polish and colorful patterns can be fun, but there's nothing more chic and timeless than classic nude nails.

That doesn't mean it has to be boring. In fact, nude nail art can be extremely versatile. Think: floral designs, french tips, nude nails with glitter, nude nails with rhinestones, and even ombré. This isn't a look that requires length, either. You can try a variety of prints, patterns, and styles on short nude nails (and any nail shape), too. It doesn't matter if you're wearing a lavish gown or a plain T-shirt with jeans, nude nails are guaranteed to pair well with any outfit you have on. And whether you have a big event coming up and want to splurge on acrylics or just need a new manicure idea to start the month fresh, this is the kind of manicure that's a safe bet for any occasion, all year round.

The best part? Nude nail art makes for a more seamless grow-out process, since the shade typically blends in easily with your nail bed. This makes it a perfect choice if you like to go long periods in between manicures. If you're looking for inspiration, the possibilities are endless. Ahead, we put together a list of the best nude nails with designs. Get ready to bookmark your favorites to show to your nail tech.

Nude Nails With Half-Moon Dots

Half-moon nail art is a fun way to approach any manicure. These nude nails have tiny black dots to dress them up.

Nude Nails With Glitter

The best part about nude nails? They pair amazingly well with glitter as seen in this design.

Nude Nail Stickers

Using nail stickers is one of the easiest ways to dress up your nude nail art. This example shows a simple triangle positioned at the base of the nail.

Nude Nails With Gold Accents

This nude manicure plays around with different polish shades and features gold detailing on one finger.

Nude Nails with Glitter Accent Nal

An easy way to make your nude nails stand out is by adding glitter polish to an accent finger.

Nude Nails Wih Red French Tips

Take a classic french manicure up a notch with red tips on a glossy, nude base.

Nude Nails With Rhinestones

Having nude nails as your base will make multi-colored rhinestones really pop.

Nude Snowflake Nails

This stunning set features nude nails with snowflake designs on a few fingers.

Nude Brown and White V-Cut French Nails

These short nude acrylic nails feature a brown and white v-cut french tip.

Nude Nails ith Sleek Lines

Adding different linear designs to each nail adds a creative touch while still keeping it sophisticated.

Nude Nails With Marble Tips

We're obsessed with this nude manicure featuring a marble tip.

Nude Nails WIth Brown French Tips

Turn heads with this nude art nail design featuring french tips and an accent nail of flowers.

Sparkly Nude Nails

Minimal yet bold, this set sees a sheer sparkly top coat layered over nude nails.

Nude Cable-Knit Sweater Nails

Embrace the sweater weather down to your nails and opt for this cable-knit design on your nude manicure.

Nude Nails With Glitter Tips

Instead of putting glitter on your entire nail, try opting for a glittered tip. You can even opt for a few accent fingers, or do an entire set.

Nude Nails With Side-Tip French

Trade in your classic french tip for a side-tip french in alternating colors.

Nude Nails With Ombré Tip

Nude nails can be just as bold as colorful ones — just look at this ombré nude manicure.

Nude Leopard Print Nails

Add leopard print to your nude nails for an extra touch of personality.

Nude Floral Nails

This manicure features a simple floral design with dainty flowers. Customize the look with your choice of florals.

Nude V-Cut French Tip Nails

You can never go wrong with a v-cut french tip on nude nails. Mix it up by adding different colors such as gold and black.

— Additional reporting by Renee Rodriguez


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Renee Rodriguez is a staff writer and social producer for PS. She writes across all verticals, but her main areas of expertise focus on fashion and beauty content with an emphasis on reviews and editor experiments. She also produces social content for the PS TikTok and Instagram accounts.