15 Nude Nail Art Ideas For The Subtly Fancy Lady

As much as I’ve been loving doing my nails lately with bright, crazy colors and shiny shell coats, sometimes going bold is better when you’re doing it a little more low-key than everybody else. Enter: nude nail art. Sound counterintuitive? I thought so at first, as most of the ideas conjured up when I hear the phrase “nail art” involve wild rainbow strips, adorable animal images, or tons of turquoise glitter. But nope! There are actually lots of wonderful manicure tutorials that revolve around nude shades.

If you’re intrigued by nail art but want to keep your hands somewhat subtle, the following ideas might be the perfect tutorials for you to try. They’re sophisticated without ever going over-the-top–excellent choices for those who desire a cool new look minus the craziness.

1. Beautylish Black Stripes Manicure

15 Nude Nail Art Ideas For The Subtly Fancy LadyThis beautiful manicure is subtle, unique and pretty. I love the hand painted black streaks over the Deborah Lippmann Naked Nail Polish–they add a bold sophistication to the look.

2. Black Heart On Nude Nails

15 Nude Nail Art Ideas For The Subtly Fancy LadyWe recently did a tutorial for adding a subtle heart in a contrasting color to your manicure, so we are huge fans of this one!

3. Butter London Rosie Lee Nails

15 Nude Nail Art Ideas For The Subtly Fancy LadyThis is such a stunning sparkly manicure and would work well to wear with a pretty summer floral print, a nude gown or even just jeans and a pink blouse.

4. Victoria Elizabeth Design Chevron Nails

15 Nude Nail Art Ideas For The Subtly Fancy LadyGold + nude = win, in my book. This vertical chevron design on just the ring finger adds just the right amount of sparkle to this mani.

5. Mixed Nail Art

15 Nude Nail Art Ideas For The Subtly Fancy LadyWhy pick one? Might as well try a bunch of different fun patterns, from solids to stripes to polka dots.

6. Reverse Glitter Gradient Nails

15 Nude Nail Art Ideas For The Subtly Fancy LadyThis tutorial from So Nailicious is amazing. Definitely give it a try for any future event, date night or vacation. I guarantee you’ll get about a million compliments on how cool it looks. Plus, it uses Ciate Nail Polish in Antique Brooch, which is one seriously stunning shade.

7. Black Filigree On Nude

15 Nude Nail Art Ideas For The Subtly Fancy LadyThis is definitely for those with super steady hands, but if you’re a seasoned pro with nail art, I bet you can do it! This would look lovely in a totally matte texture, as well.

8. Mint & Nude Nail Art

15 Nude Nail Art Ideas For The Subtly Fancy LadyI can’t imagine a better manicure to wear to a summer wedding. Utilizing tape would be great for a design as precise as this, and you could alternate or swap out any colors for these two to make an entirely different look.

Click to the next page to see the perfect pastel blue/nude design, the loveliest metallic filigree, and brown-to-nude ombre nails you’ll love!

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    • Alana Vincenza

      I’m loving #10 and could prob pull that off after like 15 tries.

    • I Like Pizza

      I AM OBSESSED WITH #3! I need to get a better nude color, though — the polish I have is just wrong for my skin tone. :(

    • Heather C

      I never would have thought to pair nude with mint but love the way it looks.

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