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9 Nude Nail Art Designs That Elevate Neutral Nails

Put some pop into your manicure with gold tips, pearl charms or a layer of glitter

Whether you have dark or light skin, there are many ways to enhance your manicure with nude nail art. Neutral nail polish gives you a finished look and fits well with any fashion trend, but it doesn't have to be boring. Here are nine ways you can elevate those neutral nails.

Take neutral nails to the next level with these nude nail art designs

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A Sprinkle of Glitter
Pick up some glitter in the same shade as your neutral nail polish and apply it as a top coat or nail embellishment. You can cover the entire nail or just part of the nail. This nude nail art design is great for an evening look.

Add some glitter to your nude nails to make them pop

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Pretty Polka Dots
Dress up nude nails with polka dots. Dab on a few spots with a polish in another nude shade, or really liven things up with a contrasting color. Depending on the look you're going for, you can scatter spots all over the nails, use them only on an accent nail or concentrate them at the base or tips for a twist on the French manicure.

Try some polka dot nail art to elevate your nude manicure

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Just the Tips
Add a delightful surprise to your neutral nail art with colorful tips. Super thin tips keep nails sleek and ladylike, while adding a little fun to your nude nail art.

Colorful tipped nail art wakes up nude nails

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Watercolor Nails
Mix and match a few different nude acrylic polishes in similar shades to create watercolor nails. Apply a base coat in a neutral shade such as Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear, in Bare It All, $2.99. When it dries, cover the nail in dots of other neutral nail colors and use a plastic bag to carefully smudge them together for a watercolor effect.

Nude nails look colorful and chic with watercolor nail art tips

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Add a Splash or Two
You can also go abstract by splashing a different nail color onto your nude nail art for a bold look. Think Jackson Pollock as you splatter a little polish onto your nails with an old-but-clean toothbrush. Try not to make the splats too big as they will take longer to dry and may look a bit dimpled.

Try colorful splatter nail art on top of nude nails for an update on the classic look

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Coffee-colored Swirls
Mix things up with a combination of two matte nail polishes in neutral shades reminiscent of your favorite latte. Two of the best nude nail polish options for this design are Essie Nail Polish, in Comfy in Cashmere and All Eyes On Nudes, $9 each. Apply a base coat of one shade and use a toothpick to create light swirls with your second shade.

Swirled nude nail art gives depth to a neutral manicure

Image via @sinney

3D Embellishments
Glue two or three gemstone embellishments onto your manicure for 3D nude nail art. This is an easy one for anyone to try out. Just use IBD 5-Second Ultra-Fast Nail Glue, $2.29, to apply nail charms.

Try adding a pearl or other embellishment to give nude nails a lady-like charm

Image via @playfulpolishes

Some Gold Accents
Add a stroke of gold to create elegant nude nail art. You can use vertical strips or add gold tips. Sally Hansen Insta-Dri, in Go for the Gold, is a great choice that dries in under a minute.

Add some gold accents for elegant nude nail art

Image via @withlovekarissa

Make a Point
An easy way to make your nude nail art eye-catching is to change the shape of your tips. Use a nail file to bring long nails to a point, or try press-on nails. Make those nails as sharp as you'd like for a dramatic manicure.
Try pointed tips for dramatic nude nail art design

Image via @szpony_cremony

 


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