This Next-to-Nothing Nail Colour Is Set to Be the Most Popular Shade of 2021

Courtney Higgs
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Whether you're still mastering your at-home mani or are finally able to venture back to the salon, there's one nail colour that's already dominating the rest in terms of popularity this year. Now, we know you might be thinking of classic red or even soft pink (Ballet Slippers by Essie has definitely reached icon status), but neither is as universally loved as beige nail colours. That's right. Beige shades—from light tan to rich, near-brown hues—can be spotted on the fingers of more celebrities and fashion girls than any other. In the "less is more" beauty landscape of 2021, it's set to become even more popular.

If this revelation is making your head spin, it's probably because you think of beige as a boring shade. But as our most stylish pals have proven via gorgeous beige fashion looks, this neutral hue is a classic staple that always makes a statement. Not to mention, there are literally dozens of variations of it to fit any and every skin tone or finish preference.

Still sceptical? Challenge accepted. Ahead, check out 21 of our favourite beige nail colours to carry out your chicest manicure yet.

Deep Beige

Shades of beige run the gamut from almost white to deeper hues reminiscent of the lightest variations of brown. Aside from adding a bit more impact than their much lighter counterparts, deep beige nail colours also serve as the perfect neutral tones for those with darker skin.

Nails Inc. Caught in the Nude in Maldives Beach (£8)

Allow us to introduce you to your new favourite nude.

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Particulière (£22)

This latte-hued polish is an instant winner.

OPI Nail Polish in Going My Way or Norway? (£7)

It doesn't get more perfect than this.

Sheer Beige

Though beige is already considered one of the most subtle nail colours out there, sheer beige options take the idea of barely there to the next level. This milky varnish is perfect for those who want just a little something while still letting their natural nails shine through. Additionally, it's a beautiful base for endless nail-art designs.

Le Mini Macaron Gel Polish in Nude (£12)

The name of this shade says it all.

OPI Nail Lacquer in Cosmo-Not Tonight Honey! (£14)

If shimmery polish is more your speed, this one is simply stunning.

Kure Bazaar Nail Polish in Cotton (£15)

This is the perfect sheer beige.

Tinged Beige

If you tend to find beige too dull, you might be happy to hear that there are tons of hues for which it simply serves as the base colour. This means shades in the beige family can skew pink, green, blue, and more, making for much more lively colours fit for the more adventurous among us.

Essie Nail Polish in Topless & Barefoot (£8)

This beige hue has a touch of soft pink in it, and it's so pretty.

Orly Country Club Khaki (£12)

Khaki nails? Okay, yes.

J.Hannah Nail Polish in Miso (£20)

The product description for this green-tinged neutral says it's a "savoury beige." Genius.

Beige Press-Ons

Nail polish is great if you've got a steady hand and the time to commit to a full-on paint job, but for those who want claws that look professionally manicured faster than you can say boo, then press-ons are the best bet. There are so many stylish options out there these days, too.

Shrine X ASOS Exclusive Galactic Fantasy False Nails (£12)

These were created by a festival-wear brand and prove that beige is anything but boring.

Elegant Touch Nude Collection Nails - Mink (£8)

The shape and fit of these are truly unmatched.

H&M Press-on nails (£6)

We love that these are affordable and so chic.

Beige Ombré

When you can't settle on just one nail colour, an ombré set is the most stylish way to scratch that itch. Whether you're committing to varying shades of beige or a coordinated collection of colours, you really can't go wrong.

Nails Inc Keep It Tonal Quad (£22)

This handy set has all the beige tones you'll need for the perfect ombré look.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish in Totem-Ly Yours (£10)

This shade plays nicely with countless others.

Essie Expressie Quick-Dry Nail Polish in Buns Up (£8)

This one is just plain dreamy.

True Beige

All variations aside, true-beige nail colours are in a league of their own. There's really nothing better than a light, natural-looking, and creamy polish to give you the cleanest minimalist manicure or even set the stage for some masterful nail art.

China Glaze Nail Polish in Sorry I'm Latte (£9)

This one's a classic.

OPI Nail Lacquer in Samoan Sand (£14)

This go-to beige has a slightly pearlescent finish that's so pretty.

Kester Black Nail Polish in In the Buff (£15)

All we have to say is swoon!

Beige Nail Art

While it might be more common to see nail art that calls in all the colours of the rainbow, you can create equally fun looks anchored by neutral shades. It's just further evidence that beige nail colours are anything but boring.

Mavala Nail Colour in Ivory Beige (£6)

This pretty beige could be a great base colour, but we'd also love to see it used in more artistic ways.

Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Polish in Perfect Pair (£8)

This slightly deeper shade would be perfect for bringing some dimension into any nail design.

Dior Vernis Couture Colour Gel Shine Long Wear Nail Lacquer in Grege (£22)

This colour could very well be the star of your next manicure.

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