If you're a plain jane like me, you probably opt for a solid nail color whenever you're painting your nails or getting a professional manicure.
Solid colors are the best because you can make them work with so much. And neutrals? They're a plain jane's favorite because there's no need to worry about matching them to your outfit as they go with everything. Everything!
But even for us simple ladies, sometimes a solid, neutral nail just doesn't do it. You gotta spice things up every once in a while, am I right? Next time you're looking to spice up your typical nude mani, give one of these ideas a try.
Table of contents:
- add a dot
- try a bright tip
- go for gold
- coffee marble swirl
- cuticle crazy
- it's all about the accent nail
- try a fine line
- all that glitters is gold
- upside-down french manicure
- eye like you
1 Add a Dot
Looking to keep things pretty simple, but still want to try something new?
One nude nail idea is to add a metallic dot to each nail as an accent. Add it towards either the top or bottom of your nail, but don't forget to make sure that it's centered!
2 Try a Bright Tip
This one is kind of similar to a French manicure in that the focus is on the tip of the nail. The twist here, though, is that the tip isn't that classic, boring (if you ask me) white. It's fluorescent pink. Or bright blue. Or tangerine orange. Or whatever color your heart desires. Begin with a neutral base (like beige) and paint the tips in a bright, fun hue.
3 Go for Gold
Gold accents look great on just about any nail color, but they're especially striking on a neutral nail. If you want to go for the gold and make a striking statement, start with a beige or taupe base and add a bold, gold stripe down the center of each nail.
Add some sterling silver or gold rings with gemstones to really take things over the top.
4 Coffee Marble Swirl
When you think about marble nails, you probably think about bright, fun hues, right?
Have you ever thought about trying a neutral marble look? The next time you're marveling over some marbled nails, try a neutral take on this fun nail design.
Who doesn't love a little latte-inspired nail art? It'll look great next to your Starbucks, that's for sure.
5 Cuticle Crazy
Spice up a plain, nude nail by adding some glitter. Not on your nails themselves, though. Instead, you'll apply a glittery polish (we're partial to gold or silver) to the edges of your nails – tracing your cuticles – for a look that's bold and daring, but not trying too hard.
6 It's All about the Accent Nail
If you're afraid of commitment (or just don't want to be stuck with the same design on each nail for days), an accent nail could be just up your alley.
Choose whichever nail you like and add some sparkly polish, polka dots, stripes, bling, or whatever else your heart desires over your favorite neutral base coat.
7 Try a Fine Line
Another simple, easy way to spice up a neutral nail bed is to top it off with a fine gold line placed horizontally towards the top of each nail.
It's a deceptively simple, yet it adds a subtle, unexpected pop to an otherwise plain nail.
8 All That Glitters is Gold
This one, though simple as can be, is still worth mentioning.
It starts with...you guessed it, your favorite nude nail color as a base. And to top it off? Some chunky, glittery gold polish. On a nude nail, it sparks. Or sparkles, should I say.
9 Upside-down French Manicure
Not feeling a classic French manicure or bright tips, like we mentioned earlier? Well, why not try going upside-down?
This one's exactly what it sounds like: instead of painting your tips, you paint the space just above your cuticles on your nails. Try a bold color or a glitter polish for a little something different.
10 Eye like You
If you fancy yourself as someone with a funky fashion sense, you're going to love this one.
Add a funky flair to your favorite neutral by topping them off with an eye design. Think about it – you have the perfect background for a funky design like this. On a nude manicure, all eyes will be on you. Literally!
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