Nude manicure in 2024: 8 cool ideas

Nude manicure in 2024: 8 cool ideas

Together with an expert, we’ll figure out how to choose the right nude manicure, how to complement a monochromatic coating, and on which nails it looks best.

  • Ideas
  • For short nails
  • For long nails
  • Shape selection
  • Expert commentary

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Irina Volkova, master of nail service at the Plyushch beauty salon.

Ideas for nude manicure

Nude manicure —  doesn't mean boring
Nude manicure doesn’t mean boring

A nude manicure does not mean boring. It can always be diversified, focusing on current trends. In 2024, the following interesting options are trending:

1. With rhinestones

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Forget about bulky shiny stickers. Today, rhinestones are miniature accents and neatly laid out patterns that highlight the curve of the nail. They beautifully complement nude shades, turning a neutral manicure into an expressive and even festive one. If you choose rhinestones in preparation for a special event, keep in mind that removing them from gel polish is not so easy: they will remain on your daytime manicure for several more weeks.

2. With glitter on the tips

A subtle glow is not only relevant during the holidays and goes well with neutral nude shades
A subtle glow is not only relevant during the holidays and goes well with neutral nude shades

A variation of French manicure is shimmer on the tips of the nails. Sequins can be made using a stencil or simply by carefully dipping your finger with still wet varnish into it. On a nude manicure, both colored sparkles and universal shades look beautiful – silver, gold, bronze. This manicure is more suitable for filming and festive events, but if you do not have a strict dress code, you can afford glitter for every day.

3. Matte

Matte manicure has not lost ground for several years, but requires especially careful care

Matte manicure has not lost ground for several years, but requires especially careful care

Any coating can be turned from glossy to matte if you apply an additional top layer with a special composition. Calm, even dull shades remain in trend, so feel free to change your usual shiny manicure for attractive matte versions of your favorite nude tones.

4. Translucent accent

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Total nude can be diluted with an accent design on one nail. The trend is both contrasting colors and subtle white lines on a neutral camouflage background. This manicure can be glossy or matte, and drawings with a thin brush or stamping are better suited as decoration, rather than stickers.

5. Minimalist masterpieces

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Black designs on a beige background look like neat tattoos. Asymmetry looks especially interesting: not identical paintings, but thin lines that go into the overall picture from one nail to another.

6. Thin lines and dots

Dots can be made in different shades —  from versatile black and white to vibrant green, red and blue

Dots can be made in different shades – from universal black and white to bright green, red and blue

Minimalism has recently become relevant for all areas of visual art – from interiors to nails. Contrasting thin lines of white or black look great on nude shades. Neat dots, one on each or several nails, will add an original accent to a classic manicure. It is important not to overdo it: there should be few minimalist details; if these are dots, then one or three per nail, if the length allows.

7. Vibrant drawings

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A neutral background is ideal for any decor, including designs with bright colors. One of the main trends of 2024 is bows, which were on the catwalk in literally every fashion show. You can “tie” them not only on clothes, but also in manicures using schematic, recognizable images.

8. Rub in nude tones

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Any type of rubbing – porcelain, pearl, mirror – is suitable for neutral base shades. It gives the nails a light, unobtrusive shine and attracts attention. Rubbing in manicure can also be combined with drawings and voluminous decor.

Nude manicure for short nails

Short nails should not be overloaded with an abundance of rhinestones, and a French manicure with glitter does not make sense if there is no long grown edge
Short nails should not be overloaded with an abundance of rhinestones, and a French manicure with glitter does not make sense if there is no long grown edge

Neutral shades are great for short nails, creating a neat and sophisticated look. Be careful with a variety of decor: short nails should not be overloaded with an abundance of rhinestones, and a French manicure with glitter does not make sense if there is no long grown edge. Consider minimalist nail art options. Black geometric shapes, such as lines and dots, look great on short nails.

Nude manicure for long nails

From an aesthetic point of view, any nail art idea is suitable for long nails
From an aesthetic point of view, any nail art idea is suitable for long nails

Long nails already attract attention, and this is important to consider when choosing a manicure. If there is an excess of design, fragile plates may not withstand the weight of heavy elements. From an aesthetic point of view, any nail art idea is suitable for long nails. The only thing you should avoid for everyday manicure is too bright colors, which can look vulgar on long nails.

What nail shape is a nude manicure suitable for?

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There are no restrictions on the shape of nails for a nude manicure. But you can rely on trends to choose the best option. Thus, almond-shaped and soft square remain universal, round and square are the choice of those who lead an active lifestyle, “ballerina” (a combination of square and triangle) looks beautiful on long nails. The only anti-trend is considered to be exaggeratedly long stilettos. Moreover, any of these forms is suitable for experiments on a nude background.

Expert commentary

Nude manicure in 2024: 8 cool ideas

Irina Volkova, nail service master at the Ivyushch beauty salon