Nail Enamel in Mademoiselle by Essie
One of the most popular nude nail polish shades, Essie Mademoiselle is as natural as they come. Adding a flattering pink tinge, two coats is just enough to hide any discolouration but subtle enough to leave nails still looking supremely natural and perfectly groomed.
Easy to paint with, Essie polishes have a mid width brush that’s easy to control and evenly distributes polish. Drying time is relatively quick but do add a fast drying top coat to ensure your polish lasts as long as possible.
60 Seconds Nail Polish in Princess Pink by Rimmel
With a wide flat brush, Rimmel Princess Pink paints on easily and does as promised dry in seconds if you’re just opting for one coat and no base. A great option if you’re looking to add a subtle finish to nails in a hurry, it’s also super affordable.
Two coats provides a more opaque finish and good coverage, but you’ll need to wait longer for your nails to be touch dry to avoid smudging.
Le Vernis Nail Colour in Beige by Chanel
If one of the pale pink shades feels too girlie, but you’re still keen to embrace the nude look, consider opting instead for Chanel Beige. Catching the light with its slight shimmer, it still has a really feminine feel that will flatter the vast majority of skin tones.
Fairly chip-resistant, coverage is good, but this warm neutral does look best when two coats are applied.
Nail Polish in South Molton Street by Nails Inc
Named after the brand’s flagship nail salon and store, Nails Inc South Molton Street is slightly less natural looking than many of its contenders. With less of a clear nail polish feel, it has a more candy pink look and finish to it.
With its thicker brush, you need to paint with care as this nail varnish distributes quite a lot of product which if you’re not careful can run onto your cuticles.
Nails in Mannequin by Topshop
In flesh coloured nude, Topshop Mannequin is best suited to tanned and slightly darker skin to avoid leaving you looking too pale.
To ensure nails aren’t left looking streaky, you will need to build up colour with two coats to get an even finish. With more of a matte effect, add a high gloss top coat if you’re looking for extra shine – this should also help seal on the colour.
Nailwear Pro + in Naked Truth by Avon
In a dusky rose shade, this muted pink tone is less nude than many other options, but if you’re looking for something slightly more statement that still embraces the natural look, then Avon Naked Truth is a great buy. It’s also fortified with acrylic gel which promises to help strengthen nails.
With darker shades, it’s important to allow plenty of time for polish to fully drive to avoiding snagging. Add a top coat too to help fix your colour and ensure it lasts.
Nail Lacquer in Pink Ribbon by Butter London
A classic French manicure shade, Butter London Pink Ribbon goes on easily and provides good buildable coverage. One coat gives a subtle natural finish, while an additional layer of varnish adds a more opaque finish.
Formulated without the addition of harmful chemicals, Butter London polishes are relatively fast drying and as long as you opt for a neutral shade, fairly long lasting. The brighter colours aren’t quite as chip-resistant, but there is a really great range of bolder coloured lacquers.
Custom Nail Colour in Blush by Jessica
With over 200 colour shades forming its extensive collection, Jessica Blush is still one we go back to with regular frequency. A soft cream nude colour, it’s the perfect consistency and the brush makes controlling the amount of product applied almost faultless.
Also available in midi sizes, the smaller Jessica nail polish bottles make great travel sized beauty products if you’re going away and just travelling with hand luggage.
Nail Lacquer in Coney Island Cotton Candy by OPI
An absolutely irresistible shade, OPI Coney Island Cotton Candy makes faking the perfect natural nail look effortless. Sheer enough to allow white tips to be just visible, this polish dries fairly instantly, giving nails a subtle sheen with just one coat that leaves them looking clean and polished.
Slightly more expensive than the high street brands, OPI colours do last and are well worth investing in. Worn alone or as part of a French manicure finish, this shade works again all skin tones and it’s no wonder this polish has a huge fan base.
Nail Polish in Nigella by Andrea Fulerton
Nail supremo Andrea Fulerton launched her affordable collection a couple of years ago which includes a range of products that focus on incorporating professional formulas and results driven nail care tools.
With its natural creamy pink colour, Andrea Fullerton Nigella has a fairly thin consistency which means over application without care is all too easy. For a clean and natural finish, be sure to apply in moderation – this will also help to prevent streaking.
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