The Best Nude Nail Polishes For A Flawless At-Home Manicure

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A truly good nude nail polish can be hard to come by, but once you’ve found ‘the one’ it’ll be with you for years. 

The perks of painting your talons in such a subtle, everyday shade means that your nails will not only look good with every outfit, but messy edges, chips and regrowth are more easily disguised. Plus, the right pinky-nude shade just has the uncanny ability to make nails look so much healthier and stronger.

But because there are more pink to beige shades on the shelves than you could ever hope to work your way through, we’ve helped narrow it down to nine magnificent neutrals.

Now,  who’s due for a mani?

#1 essie Nail Color in ‘Ballet Slippers’ 

Why we love it: A pale, sheer pink. Two coats deliver a subtle pink hue that lets your nails’ natural colouring peek through. It’s been the Queen’s go-to shade for years, and if it’s good enough for Liz…

$14.95 at Adore Beauty

#2 Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in ‘Naked Ambition’ 

Why we love it: A nude polish with peachy undertones. This shade looks insanely good on those with olive skin tones.

$10 at Chemist Warehouse

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#3 OPI in ‘Mod About You’

Why we love it: An opaque light pink. Perfect for a mani that even Barbie would be jealous of. 

$14.99 at Chemist Warehouse

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#4 Revlon Classic Nail Enamel in ‘Elegant’

Why we love it: This hue gives your nails a sheer wash of taupe. With slight grey undertones, this shade is fantastic for those with darker skin. It also looks great layered with a high-shine topcoat. 

$13.95 at Priceline

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#5 Mavala Switzerland Nail Polish in ’90 Arosa’

Why we love it: A peachy cream in just two coats. If you’re after a chic, goes-with-every-outfit shade, look no further.

$8.50 at mavala.com.au

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#6 Ulta 3 Nail Polish in ‘Crème Brulee’

Why we love it: Apply two coats for a creamy beige shade. Your nails will look good enough to eat! 

$2.95 at ulta3.com.au

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#7 Rimmel London Super Gel Nail Polish by Kate in ‘New Romantic’

Links: A bright, but not overbearing, bubblegum pink. The long-wearing formula lasts almost as long as gel polish! Now that’s impressive.

$5.99 at Chemist Warehouse

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#8 OPI in ‘Samoan Sand’

Why we love it: A beige polish that provides a natural-nail-but-better colour. Apply three coats for the best results.

$14.99 at Chemist Warehouse

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#9 L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Le Vernis a L’Huile in ‘Cafe De Nuit’

Why we love it: An opaque peachy nude with a touch of caramel that gives it a latte-like finish. Great for those who want to dip their toe in the slightly-browner shades.

$5 at Chemist Warehouse

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Image credit: @mezenova

*This article has been updated since its original publication date.

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Comments 68

  1. I think it takes me 30 minutes and there are always mistakes which gets me really frustrated.
    I haven’t done my nails for so long because I’m afraid the chemicals will chip off and my baby consumes it accidentally.
    Maybe I’m too paranoid.

  2. I put bright coral on my toes recently and it cheers me up every night when I get into the shower! I forget I’m wearing it all day cause it’s winter and then at night it’s a surprise because I’ve forgotten about it all day while wearing my joggers.

  3. I’m a bit precious when it comes to having my nails painted. If they are not perfect I can’t stand it and take all the polish of and have to start again. I do love a nude nail though and really like Mavala polishes because they last. Great suggestions here.

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