Near-Nude Nails Are Having a Moment

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Awards season is here and the biggest nail trend of the season? The near-nude mani!

Celebrities are rocking beiges with pink, yellow, and white undertones and overtones to create multidimensional nude shades for their red carpet appearances.

Fashionistas like Emma Stone, Ariana Greenblatt, Selena Gomez, and Margot Robbie are amongst those embracing the chic, subtle trend. And while the nail shades may look simple in nature, make no mistake — these manicures are anything but basic.

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Several nail polish shades are often layered to create a complex look. Take Margot Robbie’s nails at the Critics Choice Awards (above).

Margot’s nail artist Tom Bachik, who also works with clients like Selena Gomez and Jennifer Lopez, described using several shades to create her aptly named, “Tonal Mannequin Mani.”

In an Instagram post, he explained layering five Chanel nail polish coats to achieve the look: Chanel La Base Camelia Basecoat, Chanel 103 Legende, Chanel 111 Ballerina, Chanel Le Gel Coat, and finally Chanel Le Top Coat Quick Dry.

The final look allowed Margot to show off her truly enormous Lorraine Schwartz 35kt Diamond Ring.

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Ariana Greenblatt also embraced a nude mani for the Critics Choice Awards, but with a silver metallic twist (above).

Nail artist Zola Ganzorigt used OPI GelColor in Pale to the Chief and OPI GelColor in Bare My Soul to create the base layer color. She then used OPI GelColor in I Cancer-tainly Shine to create the reverse French manicure.

Ariana completed the look with a Chopard 18kt Diamond Flower Ring.

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Next up is Emma Stone, who went for a milkier shade, which nail artist Emi Kudo dubbed “Milky Apricot” (above).

Emi relied on one coat of OPI GelColor in Samoan Sand followed by one coat of OPI GelColor in Funny Bunny to create the look.

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Last but certainly not least is Selena Gomez, who rocked a nude-ish hue with pink undertones for her recent Rare Beauty event (above).

Nail artist Tom Bachik used Apres Gothic Romance Gel Polish to create the look and kept the nails short and oval.

Selena topped off the look with a vintage pearl and gold pinky ring.


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Lena Finkel
Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, Tiger Beat, and Sesame Workshop (aka Sesame Street). She loves all things Real Housewives and Vanderpump Rules. When she's not busy binge-watching TV, you can find her hanging out with her tuxedo cat Tom.