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.
We recently did a tutorial for adding a subtle heart in a contrasting color to your manicure, so we are huge fans of this one!
This 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.
I 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!
Y’know, I have never been the hugest fan of leopard print, but I am totally loving this black, nude and gold design. Perhaps it’s because the wearer only did two nails with full-on leopard print while the others were painted with gold or simply given little jewels.
Another total win on the part of So Nailicious, wow. This look was inspired by the Fall/Winter 2013 Australian Fashion Week, but it’s still perfect for any other season. It reminds me a bit of a figure skating dress in the best possible way.
This matte design is so striking, but not wild by any means. It was done by Lucinha Barteli, whose Instagram you need to follow right now for all your nail inspiration needs.
13. Nude Ombre Nails
So, this isn’t exactly nail art, but it is some of my favorite ombre nails I’ve ever seen. The transition between chocolate brown to coffee to biscotti taupe (okay, maybe I’m reaching with that last food analogy) is just downright edible.
How pretty and pastel is this gorgeous look from DramaQueenNails?