We’re Beauty Editors—5 “Dated” Nail Colours We’re Avoiding in 2024

I want to start this article by saying that I do not advise buying into every single beauty trend. Yes, I like to write about them and fill you in on the most popular nail colours,

haircut trends and makeup looks of the season, but that doesn't mean that I think you need to try these things to look or feel good. Instead, I truly believe in doing what suits you and wearing whatever nail polish, lipstick or hair accessory you want (or not wearing any of those things, for that matter).

Having said that, as a team of fashion and beauty editors, a lot of us have opinions on trends (naturally), both past and present, as we're constantly keeping our eyes out for the next big thing. Because of this, I was interested to learn what the team thought about this season's most popular nail colours and the ones they won't be bringing into 2024 with them. 

As it turns out, there are quite a few nail shades that some of the Who What Wear UK editors feel have become a little "dated". As I said above, that's not to say that you can't wear these colours—if you love them then go for it!—but if you're interested in what shades you won't see on our nails this year (and what we'll be swapping them for instead), then keep on scrolling. 

Avoiding: Mint Green

Introducing: Sky Blue

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Remember the days when Essie's Mint Candy Apple was the nail polish to wear? Everyone was obsessed with bright, mint-green shades, and I can totally see why. However, as a team, this spring we'll be swapping pastel greens for equally fresh sky-blue shades. 

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If you've read our guide to the biggest S/S '24 fashion trends, then you'll know that sky blue is set to be huge this year, so why not get one step ahead and opt for this pretty pastel shade?

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Avoiding: Frosted Pink

Introducing: Baby Pink

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According to the team, frosted pink nails are out, but don't fear, as we've got the perfect alternative. Say hello to baby pink. This timeless shade will never go out of style, and thanks to its softness, it's sure to complement any outfit.

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If you want something a bit more fun, why not opt for baby-pink nail art? I love this curved design, and it looks so chic paired with a white shirt and silver jewellery.

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Avoiding: Glitter

Introducing: Chrome

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Although '90s fashion trends are making a comeback, that doesn't mean that we all want glittery nails to return (more power to you if you wear sparkle on the daily!). Instead, we're all about chic chrome finishes to give your nails a little bit of extra pizzazz.

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This trend has been seen on the likes of Hailey Bieber and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and if it's good enough for them, then it's definitely good enough for us. I love that it's subtler than chunky glitter designs, as it makes it more wearable on a day to day basis.

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Avoiding: White

Introducing: White French Tips

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I used to wear white nails every single summer, but this year, I'm going to be wearing white French tips. All of us agree that French tips are back in a big way for 2024, as they fit perfectly with an elevated minimal aesthetic.

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I mean, just look at how stunning this manicure is. This trend is perfect for all of the minimalists out there.

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Avoiding: Neon Shades

Introducing: Neutral Hues

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Neon shades are hard to match to, which is why some of our editors will be swerving on them this season. Instead, they're opting for go-with-everything

nude polishes instead. If quiet luxury is your thing, then take note.

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To make your nails look as healthy and glossy as possible, opt for a neutral shade that perfectly complements your skin tone.

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Junior Beauty Editor

Grace Lindsay is the junior beauty editor at Who What Wear UK. At the age of 18 she decided to train as a makeup artist before going on to study english and media at Goldsmiths University. It was during that time that she explored her love for journalism by interning at a small beauty start-up based in Shoreditch. Since then, she has worked at a number of publications including Marie Claire and Hello!, where her love for all things beauty continued to grow. 


As Who What Wear UK's junior beauty editor, she covers everything from the latest hair trends to the stand-out makeup products of the season.