This Type of Nail Polish Ensures a Sophisticated Vibe With Literally No Effort

For most of my life, I've been a red nail polish devotee. There was a time when I only ever painted my nails red and you'd never see me with any other colour on my fingertips. I still love making a statement with bold nail polish colours, but in the past few years, I've learned to embrace softer, more subtle nail polish shades. 

While I'd argue that when it comes to nail polish, red is a neutral, there's something to be said for truly neutral nail colours. These nail shades, particularly in sheer washes, go with absolutely everything. Sheer nail polish is perfect for any occasion, it goes with everything in your wardrobe, and it's kind of like a filter for your nails—they'll look low-key but still polished. 

Keep reading for the best-selling and editor-favourite sheer nail polishes, separated into categories for every colour. 


(Image credit: @harrietwestmoreland)

Sheer Pinks

Sheer Nudes

Sheer Whites

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Associate Beauty Editor

Katie Berohn is the associate beauty editor at Who What Wear. Previously, she worked as the beauty assistant for Good Housekeeping, Woman's Day, and Prevention magazines, all part of the Hearst Lifestyle Group. She graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a major in journalism and minor in technology, arts, and media, and earned her master's degree at NYU's graduate program for magazine journalism. In addition, Katie has held editorial internships at Denver Life magazine, Yoga Journal, and Cosmopolitan; a digital editorial internship at New York magazine's The Cut; a social good fellowship at Mashable; and a freelance role at HelloGiggles. When she's not obsessing over the latest skincare launch or continuing her journey to smell every perfume on the planet, Katie can be found taking a hot yoga class, trying everything on the menu at New York's newest restaurant, or hanging out at a trendy wine bar with her friends.