There's nothing like a manicure to make yourself feel a little better. Whether you go to a salon or going the DIY route, looking down at freshly painted nails has the effect of making you feel put together, even when everything else in your life isn't exactly that way at the moment. And because nude nails are an under-the-radar look that others around you might not notice, for me, a manicure just gives me a secret little boost of feel-good confidence. And don't we all need just that sometimes?
While we love the dramatic look of deep red, springy pastels, and creative nail art, you really can't go wrong with a natural hue. It looks effortless, elegant, and understated all at once. Plus, these shades will look good even if you're giving yourself an at-home manicure and are struggling with a shaky hand. Take a look at some of our favorites below for all skin tones.
Beauty editor Erin Jahns posted about this color on Instagram a few weeks ago. She said it's one of her favorite natural shades right now. The sheer tan on nails looks like you don't even have color on, it's that subtle.
This nude color leaves a glossy, lacquered finish with just two coats. The brush is another added bonus. The handle is inspired by calligraphy brushes and has a triangular head for extra precision and no air bubbles.
Wearing this shade is as close as you're going to get to wearing nothing at all, which I hope thrills minimalist manicure fans everywhere. It's a sheer, pearly white that makes for a good staple in your nail polish collection.
There's a reason Ballet Slippers is a classic and a cult favorite: it's a subtle and pretty opaque pink. Plus, it looks good on a variety of skin tones. Did we mention it's a favorite of Queen Elizabeth II, and both Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have worn the shade?
Another shade that looks like you're not wearing anything at all, this beige-pink color is another good option if you want that "anti-manicure" manicure. The polish itself is quick-drying and has a chip-proof finish.
If you want that natural look but also feel like trying something new, you can opt for this neutral that has a bit of purple-gray tones mixed in. It's not quite a pink/peach/nude classic, but it's still understated.
Perfectly pink and neutral, you'll want to add this Chanel polish to your rotation. And it'll make your nails look and feel good, too, since the formula contain bioceramics and ceramides to strengthen.
Celebrity nail artist Karen Gutierrez advised us that if you have a darker skin tone, you should go one to two shades lighter or darker when choosing a nude-colored polish. She recommended this Zoya shade with a soft orange undertone.