30 Nude Nail Designs to Wear All Year Long

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If you're thinking about your next manicure, we'd almost bet that there's no chance nude polish is on your mind. As popular as neutral clothing is, oftentimes people opt for a touch more color on their nails, letting the small area be home to their boldest beauty statement.

While that's all well and good, we can't help but swoon over some of the nude nail designs we've been seeing on Instagram lately—and we have a feeling you'll feel the same. From starry details to matte finishes, ahead you'll find 30 nude nail designs worth considering for your next nail appointment.

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Romantic Dots

Not ready to go full nude? This manicure features red and pink dots to jazz up the neutral base.

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Chanel Chic

Sure, nude looks demure all on its own, but add sheer glitter and Chanel accents and your nails will look classically chic.

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Iridescent Nude

Sometimes a nude nail design doesn't need to feature lines and dots to look worthy of the 'gram. Here, it all comes down to the iridescent topcoat.

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Nude Gradient

Here's the easiest nude gradient in the book. Why? Because you can own every color featured by purchasing Olive & June's Pink Sweater Kit ($40).

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Pastel Nudes

These cool-toned nude nails give us pastel vibes despite being neutrals. In other words, they're pretty as can be—especially with that nail shape.

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Matte Stars

We're suckers for star manicures, making these crisp white-and-nude nails a fave in our book.

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Rose Gold Strips

Rose gold is the shinier sister to nude, making these simple striped nails a fun take on monochromatic nail art.

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Glitter Stars

Here's another star manicure worth considering if nude nails are on the brain. With only the slightest peek of stars on one nail, they're more understated than some of the other options.

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Holographic Stripes

If nude is too neutral for your taste, spruce it up with a couple of holographic stripes. All it takes to create the look is your favorite nude polish and a couple strips of holo striping tape.

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Glitter Polka Dots

These glitter polka dot nails remind us of confetti and good times—what's not to love about that?

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Daisies for Days

Ready to get excited? You can DIY this adorable floral nail look thanks to Olive & June and their Loveliest Day Nail Stickers ($8).

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Mother of Pearl

These sparkly nails will look nude in some lights and holographic in others. As you might have guessed, they'll require professional skill to create.

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Negative Nudes

You don't have to cover your entire nail in color to create a head-turning nude manicure. Just look at this glossy, glitter-topped nail look.

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Outer Space

These sheer nude nails are dainty and ethereal, making us want to copy them stat. The trick is to apply a single coat of sheer nude color as the base, that way it doesn't look too opaque.

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Almond Enamor

We don't know about you, but we're enamored by these floral-printed, almond-shaped nails. While the design is delicate, the silhouette is a bit edgier, creating a fun beauty contrast as a whole.

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Abstract Doodles

How cute are these abstract silhouettes? Their minimalist nature and artful design give us French vibes.

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Oil Slick Strips

We love the contrast of this nude nail design. Best of all, it's easy to DIY so long as you have a roll of oil slick-inspired striping tape.

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Matte Masterpiece

Just because you want to rock nude nails doesn't mean you can't add other neutrals to the mix. Case in point: these black-and-nude nails that look marvelous with a matte finish.

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Dotted Details

Don't overthink your nude nail design. You can create a stylish manicure with a coat of color on each nail and a contrasting dot at each cuticle.

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Black Tips

Another way to add black into your nude nail design is with this diagonal-tip manicure. Of course, you can copy the same design with bolder, brighter colors, too.

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Square Leopard Tips

If you prefer longer nails, check out these square, leopard nudes. The bold pop of neon orange really ties it all together.

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Nude Gradient

It's no secret that we love gradient nails. While color alone can make quite a statement, this manicure idea takes it up a notch with a glitter finish.

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High Contrast

Ease into the nude nail trend by designating the edge of each nail for a bold pop of color. Just keep in mind that this particular manicure will likely require a super-steady hand to recreate.

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Shattered Nude

These nude and rose gold nails make us think of shattering glass and the Japanese custom of sealing cracks with gold to celebrate the healed brokenness (Kintsugi). Talk about a beautiful nail idea

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Mauve Moment

If all the nails are the same color as the pointer finger, you'd have a crisp nude nail look ready for any situation. Instead, this pink-toned gradient mani is begging to be worn out on the town.

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Starry Statement

If you love the idea of star nails but don't want to go all out with color and larger designs, consider this itty-bitty nude approach.

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Patriotic Dots

We love a nail look that's as pretty as it is easy to create. Start with a nude base and use a toothpick or dotting tool dipped into the colors of your choice to create this same design.

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Nude Diagonals

We're taken by these diagonal nude nails that made their runway back in 2017 at the Cushnie et Ochs show at NYFW.

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Artsy Stars

Another star mani, who would've guessed? While this might be difficult to DIY, remember: Practice makes perfect.

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Mini Black French

French manicures are having a major moment this year and this thin black version is sure to be a hit. Wear it as is or pair with additional nail art on a few statement nails.

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