The term "clear nail polish" usually doesn't evoke very much excitement—until now. Thanks to the clear nail designs we've been seeing all over Instagram lately, we're discovering how majorly versatile—and yes, exciting—clear polish can actually be. Between bejeweled creations and negative-space nail art, a clear polish is the perfect blank slate for both crazy-imaginative designs and super-subtle ones—and that's the beauty of it.
If you prefer polish, you can rest assured knowing a clear base will help your manicure go the extra mile. And the possibilities are endless (and just as practical) with gel, dip powder, and acrylics, too.
Below, find our 20 favorite, ultra-imaginative clear nail designs we'll be recreating nonstop from here on out.
With the right nail-art tools, you can do pretty much anything—including making your manicure resemble the night sky. For this clear, colorful version, pick your favorite hues and some sweet star stencils.
A few delicate gold dots and some clear polish is all you need to recreate this look at home.
When recreating this look at home, try applying gold nail stickers or appliques if you lack the steady hand to paint these tiny dots with polish.
It's a mooood. (Sorry, we had to.) Cow print has been trending for awhile now—in clothing and nail art—and this clear, gel version with negative space is one of the chicest iterations we've seen.
Add Some Sparkle
Make an impact with bold, dark hues contrasted with clear polish—and feel free to add some sparkly appliqués for good measure.