60 *Classic* Nude Nail Design Ideas
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Aah, the nude nail. A true classic that can be customised for any occasion or event.
It looks as great on short as it does on long nails, and lends itself to any nail shape. Nude nails are still having a moment in 2023 and let us tell you, we are *so* here for it!
Whether you prefer to keep your nails au natural, wear long tips, go full acrylic, or a gorgeous gel polish, nude is one of the most flattering colours to go for.
From pale pink or beige to tan and brown, frosty winter nudes and bright spring and summer sets, we’ve rounded up the 60 best nudes (not that kind of nude), to take you through the year and seasons!
60 classic nude nail designs
1. Short nude nails
A complete classic, short nails look particularly neat in a shade of nude.
Pair with some dainty gold or silver jewellery and you’ve got a feminine and sophisticated look for any occasion.
2. Stilletto nude nails
Seen recently on the likes of Kim K, stiletto nude nails are making a real point in 2023 (get it?! *wink*) We love this look with teeny gold polka dots – so cute!
3. Almond nude nails
This nude tone looks amazing with almond-shaped nails and some simple art. You can easily replicate this look at home using a nail dotting pen/tool or a small brush dipped in your fave contrasting polish.
4. Square nude nails
Nude looks super elegant on square nails, especially if you keep them quite short like the set below.
5. Nude coffin nails
Coffin nails are a really popular shape that has been having a bit of a moment over the past few years. Although not our fave shape here at Live That Glow HQ, we are partial to an understated nude set.
6. Nude round nails
We think these barely there nude almond nails are the epitome of class!
7. Long nude nails
lengthen your fingers with a set of long, nude nails.
8. Nude pink nails
There are SO many shades of nude, go for the brown hues or opt for a pink shade like the pretty set below.
9. Nude and white nails
The *perfect* combination. Add white tips for a classic French tip-style set of nails, or use the white polish to create some swirly designs.
10. Milky nude nails
Tons of celebs have been seen sporting the milky nude nail, and we can see why.
11. Nude French tip nails
We love a French tip here at Live That Glow HQ! There is literally nothing more classic, elegant and clean looking than this style.
12. Nude double French tip nails
Not keen on the typical Frenchie? Try this twist on the trend with a double tip.
13. Black and nude nails
The perfect combo! Go for some black French tips with a nude base or try something a little different, like this set of nude and black marble. Obsessed.
14. Nude brown nails
Brown doesn’t have to be boring! While a well-executed set of neat brown nails does look great, we love this take on the nude trend with designs on each nail.
15. Ombre nude nails
Created by Chanel nail artist Betina Goldstein, this minimalist marble pink and subtle nude ombre set looks amazing with a cute gold border. Tres chic.
Oh, and for 60 more stunning ombre nail ideas, take a look at our guide here.
16. Nude glitter nails
Also known as a ‘naked glitter mani’, a base colour close to your skin tone with some glitter highlight is perfect for any event or everyday wear. Perfect.
17. Nude sparkle nails
Add a touch of sparkle to your nude mani for a subtle twist on the trend.
18. Nude matte nails
Nude matte nails look great in any shape and length, and literally any season.
19. Nude chrome nails
Seen on singer Pixie Lott at her wedding, this trend is super customisable whether you opt for a base coat close to your skin tone or try lighter/darker hues.
20. Glazed donut nude nails
This trend blew up when Hailey Bieber took to TikTok to reveal *exactly* what she asks for at the salon, and it’s been bang on trend ever since!
21. Red and nude nails
A neutral nude base with red accents is the *perfect* combination. Go for some cool red nail art or simple French tips like the set below.
22. Blue and nude nails
These. Nails. Are. EVERYTHING. That’s literally all we have to say about this stunning combo paired with one of the coolest outfits we’ve seen in a while.
23. Grey and nude nails
These grey and nude nails look ultra cosy, perfect paired with a cosy sweater!
24. Green and nude nails
Who knew nude and green would look this good together?!
25. Yellow and nude nails
These yellow and nude nails are giving us real sunshine and summer vibes.
26. Orange and nude nails
These orange and nude nails with gold accents look juicy enough to eat!
27. Lilac and nude nails
This lilac and nude manicure is giving us ice-cream vibes. Vanilla, please!
28. Barbiecore nude nails
Barbiecore is everywhere at the moment thanks to Greta Gerwig’s upcoming Barbie movie – and we are obsessed!
29. Nude nails with rhinestones
Add instant glam to your nude nails with gems and rhinestones.
30. Nude acrylic nails
A regular at the salon rather than a DIY nail gal? We’ve got ya with this ultra-clean and tidy acrylic nude nail set.
31. Nude gel nails
Longer lasting than your regular nail polish (we recommend giving your nails a 1 – 2 week break between gels, though), a set of nude gel nails will see you through loads of different occasions this 2023.
32. Modern nude nails
A classic twist on the French tips (told you we were obsessed…)
33. Nude nails with animal print
It’s a jungle out there, so make sure your nails look good – whether you go for zebra, leopard print, tiger stripes, or a combination like the set below!
34. Matte nude nails with designs
This nail art is seriously cool, and nude makes the perfect base for some really out-there designs. Stuck for inspiration? We got you, check out our 60 coolest nail design ideas of 2023!
35. Glossy nude nails with art
If you want to wear nude nails with bright designs that don’t stand out too much, add a glossy polish over the top.
36. Nude nails with evil eye design
This design has really been having a moment in 2023, think Greece and Turkey with these nude and deep blue evil eye nails. Get us on the plane!
37. Nude nails with red hearts
We are loving these off-the-side French tip nails with dainty hearts! Perfect for Valentine’s Day. Or any day, really.
38. Nude nails with black hearts
For a less girly and more gothic take, use black polish instead of red.
39. Nude nails with polka dots
Polka dots will look great with literally any outfit, and you can customise them in any colour!
40. Simple nude nails
These do *exactly* what they say on the tin. Clean. Cute. Minimalist and super sophisticated.
41. Multicoloured nude nails
Summer is literally just around the corner, and a set of nude nails with groovy bright designs will look amazing at those upcoming festivals or while holding your cocktail at the beach bar.
42. Neon nude nails
Fancy making a statement? Add some neon prints to your nudes and you’ll really turn some heads.
43. Nude with neon tips
We love these nude nails with bright neon tips and tiny orange dots!
44. Geometric nude nails
Geometric nails have made a huge comeback lately, and they’re actually pretty easy to do at home – all you need is a couple of nail polishes, a thin brush, and a steady hand.
45. Nude wedding nails
Nude is the perfect shade for wedding nails, lending itself well to any colour dress – even if you won’t be wearing typical white or ivory.
46. Gold and nude nails
Is there a better combo than gold and nude? We will let you answer that.
47. Gold leaf nude nails
Nothing says luxury like gold leaf, add some Chanel and you’re all set.
48. Silver and nude nails
We are slightly in love with this ultra-cool nude nail manicure with black tips and amazing silver nail art.
49. Rose gold and nude nails
Pinks, whites, and rose gold are a classic combo and look great with gold jewellery.
50. Nude marble nails
Marble nails are having a bit of a moment, and we are here for it. This set with tiny gems on the cuticle is just b-e-a-utiful!
51. Nude spring nails
Some say daisies are like sunshine for the ground, so why not wear them on your nails?
52. Yellow and nude spring nails
When life gives you lemons…
53. Nude summer nails
This set is actually perfect for spring or summer, nothing says warm weather and blue skies like some flower nail art.
54. Summer fruit nude nails
This juicy fruit nail art on a nude base is perfect for those hot summer days around the pool.
55. Nude fall nails
Nude is the perfect shade for fall, think crunching on fallen leaves, spiced pumpkin cappuccinos, warm sweaters, and relaxing by the fire.
56. Halloween nude nails
We are sure that most of you don’t think of nude when choosing your Halloween talons but, seriously, how cute are these ghoulish ghost barely there nude nails?!
57. Nude winter nails
Snowflakes and connotations of candy canes, nude makes the perfect base for Christmas designs.
58. Snowflake nude nails
Nude, glitter, AND snowflakes? Say no more.
59. Nude Christmas nails
Get the bright lights of Christmas painted onto your nails this winter, for a perfect set that really says deck the halls!
60. Santa nude nails
And last but not least, how cute are these Santa hat tips on a nude base?! Ho ho ho!
And there we have it, 60 classic nude nail design ideas for all year round, bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase “send nudes!”