If you thought that clear or nude nail bases were boring, these nail designs will prove you wrong. Our round-up of nail art designs, from spinning galaxies to canoodling cats, against a clear or nude base, are cute, chic, and anything but dull.
Here, we share 14 of our favourite clear or nude base manicures!
Cutest creative nail looks to wear this season
Pop-up peach and rainbows nails
The nude nail polish base in this manicure won’t steal the spotlight from the cute nail art designs like the sprinkle of tiny pastel flowers, colourful dash of a rainbow, and pink pop-up peach.
Canoodling cats French tip nails
Out with classic French tips and in with the cat lady version: the canoodling cats French tip manicure. With a nude nail polish base, you’ll get to feature fuzzy felines in a flurry of colours on the ends of your nails – and the cats get to have all the attention, as they would love.
Double trouble French tip nails
This French tip manicure features two monochromatic hearts – one in a lighter and another in a darker shade – that perfectly pair one another to jazz up your nail look. Double the hearts means that it’s also double the trouble – but the trouble is probably worthwhile, looking at how pretty they are.
Pastel magic nails
The rainbow, sparkles, and hearts designs are in just three pastel colours – blue, yellow, and pink, but they’re enough to introduce a fairy-tale vibe to your manicure. The soft colours against the subtle pink of the base make this manicure look diffused and altogether magical.
Glowing galaxy nails
Skip the light pink nail polish entirely with this manicure that features a clear nail polish base. Against the colourless extensions, the floating planets and sweeping lights look all the more celestial and three-dimensional.
Festive fairy lights nails
Bookmark these nails for the Christmas season, because the slim ribbons of colourful tiny dots are reminiscent of festive fairy lights. In our dreams, they’ll twirl around feathery pine trees and make the snowy streets aglow in December.
When life gives you lemons nails
We love how this manicure design spruces up simple French tips with lemon slices so that the regular, classic strips of yellow also appear like hidden pieces of the sour fruit.
Lotso strawberry nails
Toy Story fans need these Lotso strawberry nails in their life. The manicure features nude base nails paired with Lotso’s big and smiling face, a purple strawberry, and deep purple hearts. The purple nails with little white patches also create accents that spruce up the manicure’s style.
These nails recall sugar, spice, and everything nice, especially with the green, pink, and white pulsating heart design that’s in place of the classic French tips.
Since this manicure features soft and powdery pastel tones – baby blue, fair yellow, and dusty lavender, we’re calling these ones the “powder-puff” set.
Nude ombré rhinestone nails
The sheer pink to beige ombré doesn’t distract from the nail art that goes over it; at the same time, its jelly-like texture gives you manicure an even more supple, elegant style. With a subtle and sophisticated nail polish base, you’re free to accessorise with heart-shaped rhinestones and a sprinkle of pastel flowers for a combination of classy and cute in a single manicure.
Little monsters French tip nails
These googly-eyed creatures surely up the ante on creative French tip manicure style. The funny expressions of each little monster lend to the playfulness of the design, not to mention their silly shapes and colourful skins that make this set one-of-a-kind.
Patterned French tip nails
Longer nails mean a larger canvas for a chunky French tip nail design, like these ones that have checkered patterns, black and white cow patches, and notebook squares. There are even floating red cherries, vibrant rainbows, and fluffy clouds that spill over into the nude areas of the nail, for a drifting daydream mood.
Shinwoo Love Or Death nails
It’s not life or death, but love or death to Korean artist, Shinwoo. A nod to Shinwoo’s Blind Box “love or death” series, this manicure features a cute yet creepy ghost bear that’s stuck choosing between a heartbeat (to live) or heartbreak (to love).
A dramatic contemplation of love and life that’s expressed through a tiny pink ghost bear? It’s just our type of manicure.
Porcelain rabbit nails
The smooth raised designs of the vanilla white rabbits and pale pink roses, paired with a frosty pinkish nail polish base, make this manicure look like a delicate porcelain artwork. Call it cute, elegant – basically, anything but boring.