22 Chic Neutral Nails For A Minimal Aesthetic

Getting your nails done is a really simple act of self-care that can help us feel much better and more put together. 

22 Chic Neutral Nails For A Minimal Aesthetic

The more that we paint our nails or have them manicured professionally, the harder it can be to come up with new ideas to keep our nails looking fresh and fun. 

Thankfully, the internet is full of ideas and inspiration to help us come up with some new and interesting ways to have our nails done. 

However, searching the internet for ideas can quickly become overwhelming, especially if you don’t know quite what you are looking for.  In this article, we are going to look at chic, neutral nails for a minimal aesthetic to give you some inspiration. 

Chic Neutral Nails

Neutral nails are some of the most chic-looking nails you can have.  The looks are subtle and can be suitable for any occasion or situation.  Below are some of the most beautiful, chic neutral nails we could find. 

Neutral And Gold Nails

One of the best things about neutral nails is that they go with pretty much everything.  However, one thing that works particularly well with these sorts of nails is gold.  The warm tones work really well together.  Below are some great ideas for neutral and gold nails. 

1. Neutral Nails With Gold Line Detail

If you want a super simple and subtle look, these beautiful neutral nails painted with a warm, pale pink color and finished with thin gold lines are just what you need. 

Because the gold lines are so thin they almost blend in, however, when the light hits them they bring some shine to the nails. 

2. Neutral Nails With Gold Leaf Details

If you are looking for something that is a little less subtle but still incredibly chic, this is the design for you.  The nails are painted with a beautiful, neutral, warm pink color. 

The upper half of the nail is adorned with delicate gold leaf to add some sparkle to your nails

Neutral With Glitter Nails

Nails that have a neutral base color are great for pairing with almost any outfit.  However, for some people, they can be a little bit too simple and boring.  Below are some neutral nails that are adorned with glitter to make them more interesting. 

3. Simple Neutral Nails With Silver Glitter Detail

These neutral nails provide a fresh take on a classic french tip look.  The base color is a neutral, soft pink color which makes the look incredibly subtle. 

Then, instead of a simple french tip created with white paint, the tips are dipped in silver glitter to make these nails pop. 

4. Warm Neutral Nails With Glitter Statements

We have looked at a lot of cool neutral nails in this list, but neutral doesn’t always mean cool.  These neutral nails are painted with different shades of warm neutral colors. 

The mixture of taupe and pale coffee colors provides a fall vibe.  Adding a rose gold glitter to one or two nails completes the look. 

5. Neutral Nails With Glitter Stripe Detail

Allowing your personality to shine through your nail art is a big part of getting a manicure.  These beautiful, cool neutral nails with glitter stripe detail could be just what you are looking for.  The main base color is a stone-like beige and the statement nails feature a white base with gold or silver glitter stripes. 

6. Cool Neutral Nails With A Warm Glitter Stripe Pattern

Another great use of glitter stripes are these nails that offer a mix of warm and cool hues. 

Again, the base coat is completed with an extremely cool pink color that is almost white.  A plaid-style pattern is applied to two statement nails with a warmer shade of pink, and a single stripe of glitter is applied in each direction.  

7. Cool Neutral Nails With Glitter Statements

If you love to add a little bit of sparkle to your nails but want to keep it as subtle as possible, this is the design for you. 

With this design, all nails are painted with a cool pink/beige shade that is close to off-white.  One or two statement nails are then adorned with silver or pink glitter. 

8. Warm Neutral Nails With Glitter Tips

If cool colors aren’t really your thing, these warm neutral nails with beautiful glitter tips could be just what you are looking for.  The main base used with these nails is a warm pink with peach tones. 

The tips are painted with a rose gold glitter, french tip-style.  Use a high-shine top coat to make these nails stand out. 

Neutral Acrylics Nails

Sometimes, we want a neutral look on nails that can still grab attention. Acrylic nails are a great way to enhance your natural nails and add extra strength and shine.  Below are some of the most beautiful neutral acrylic nails that we have found. 

9. Minimal Neutral Acrylic Nails

If you love a subtle and classic look but also want your nails to have a decent length, these minimal neutral acrylic nails could be your next look.  These nails are painted in a simple, pale pink, neutral shade. 

Each nail is painted with a single color.  The acrylics give the nails extra length.

10. Minimal Patterned Acrylic Nails

If you enjoy having fun patterns and designs on your nails, you don’t have to stay away from neutrals.  These acrylic nails work really well with longer styles such as long oval and coffin shapes. 

The base of the nail can be left bare or painted with a neutral color.  A combination of white and brown paint is used to create tips and waved patterns in a simple design. 

11. Subtle Ombre French Tip Acrylic Nails

If you enjoy having a feminine length on your nails but want a super subtle look, these acrylic nails are just what you need.  They work best with a long square acrylic shape. 

This design follows the color scheme of a classic french manicure.  However, instead of a solid white tip, the soft pink fades to white at the end in an ombre style.  

12. Modern French Tips On Acrylic Nails

If the ombre look isn’t up your alley, these modern french tips on oval acrylic nails is a great way to freshen up a classic look.  This is another look that features a neutral, nude color on the majority of the nail. 

A pure white polish is used on the tips which are created using various patterns and lines. 

13. Warm Neutral Nails With Dark Acrylic Tips

If french tipped nails are your usual go-to and you want to change things up without deviating from your signature style too much, these are the nails for you.  Best of all, this look works on any shape of acrylic nail. 

The base of the nail features a beautiful neutral pink shade.  The tips on this look are created with a warm brown shade rather than traditional white. 

14. Stiletto Acrylic Nails With French Side Tips

For fans of longer nails, this take on the classic french tip is beautiful and eye-catching while remaining neutral.  The color scheme follows the traditional colors that you would associate with french tips. 

However, the tips are not painted along the top, they are actually painted down one edge of the nail.

15. Cool Pale Acrylic Coffin Nails

If you are looking for pure simplicity from your neutral nails, this is the ultimate look for you. 

This is a look that works really well with coffin-shaped acrylic nails.  For the color of these nails, any neutral color that is so pale that it is almost white will work for a sophisticated look. 

Chic Neutral Nails

Although long acrylic nails are definitely on trend at the moment, there is still a market for natural nails.  In this section, we will look at some chic, neutral nails that are perfect for enhancing your natural nail length. 

16. Simple Neutral French Tips

You cannot have a list of natural, chic, neutral nails without featuring a classic french tip design.  For this look, choosing a pale pink, peach, or nude shade works best for the main body of the nail. 

Pure white polish should be used for the tips straight across the top.  Try to keep the white in line with your natural nail tip. 

17. Cool Neutral Nails With Subtle Flower Detail

If you love the freedom that neutral nail colors give you when it comes to dressing and accessorizing but enjoy a little bit of detail, these are the nails for you. 

Each nail is painted with a cool, neutral pink color.  A single statement nail is created with the addition of small flowers. 

18. Cool Neutral Nails With Minimal Leaf Detail

A similar design to the one mentioned above is this cool neutral look with minimal leaf detailing added to a statement nail. 

Cool neutral base colors, such as beige, work really well with nature-themed statement nails.  Adding a simple sprig of leaves to one nail makes the nails pop. 

19. Simple Neutral Pink Natural Nails

For those of you who just want a simple design with no additional length or patterns, this is the look for you.  The most basic of nail looks can also be the most beautiful and chic. 

Simply choose a neutral shade of pink that complements your skin tone to make the most of this minimalistic look. 

20. Neutral Natural Nails With Simple Heart Detail

Neutral doesn’t have to mean boring and it doesn’t have to mean plain. These beautiful, neutral, natural nails prove just that. A pale pink hue makes for a great base that complements the heart design. 

Adding a small white heart in the center of each nail helps you spread a little love with your subtle nails. 

21. Warm Neutral Nails With Minimal Colored Dot Pattern

We mentioned that neutral doesn’t mean boring or plain, it also doesn’t mean that there should be no color at all. 

If you need to have a neutral look on your nails for a special occasion but can’t live without a bit of color, these tiny, pinprick dots of color can appease your colorful soul while maintaining a neutral appearance. 

22. Simple Neutral Nails With Minimal Diamante Detail

If color isn’t the thing that you feel is missing from neutral nails, but jewels are, this could be the subtle look you need. 

This look can be achieved by painting each nail with a nude tone that matches your skin tone, or you can leave the nails bare if you prefer.  Then simply add some small, diamante details before finishing with a high-shine top coat.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Neutral Colors Good To Wear On Nails?

This is a question that is asked for almost every nail color you could think of.  The truth is, there is no color that looks inherently bad on nails.  With that being said, there are definitely some rules as to when and where certain colors should be worn. 

This isn’t something that you really need to worry about with neutral colors though.  The nature of neutral tones and hues is that they really go with anything and everything. 

All of these looks would suit any occasion and skin tone.  Simple play around with whether you prefer cooler tones or warmer tones.  

What Can You Wear With Neutral Nails?

This is the ultimate beauty of wearing neutral tones on your nails.  They literally go with everything.  It is because of the versatility of neutral nails that they are so popular, especially for acrylic nails.  

Choosing a bright or bold color for your nails is great for a special occasion but it can look a little out of place in certain situations if you have to keep the color for a while. 

For example, those bright pink nails looked great for a night out with the girls, but not so great in your serious board meeting on Monday morning. 

This is not an issue with neutral nails, they can look equally dressed up or casual depending on what else you are wearing at the time. Perfect for long-term wear. 

Are Neutral Nails Professional?

Neutral nails are some of the most professional designs you can opt for.  Because they are so subtle and can seamlessly blend into any outfit or occasion, these nails aren’t going to cause any issues at work, no matter what your job is.
Attitudes in many workplaces are changing to be more relaxed around personal style choices such as nail art and extensions. 

However, even if your work environment isn’t open to extravagant nail art, you will be fine with subtle and chic, neutral nail choices like the ones in this list. 

Final Thoughts

There are so many different ways that you can paint your nails using neutral colors.  Although you might feel that neutral must mean beige and boring, that definitely isn’t the case. 

The next time you find yourself going to an event that requires subtle, chic, sophisticated nails, these designs could be just what you need. 

Willa Price

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