The very versatile, sheer nail colour Diane Kruger proves is a staple for occasions

Offering elegance and simplicity in one easy-to-recreate look, Diana Kruger just informed our next event-ready manicure...

Diane Kruger attends the amfAR Cannes Gala 30th edition Presented by Chopard and Red Sea International Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 23, 2024 in Cap d'Antibes, France/ in a pink template
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Diana Kruger's semi-sheer nails prove that elegance and simplicity often go hand-in-hand, especially when it comes to elevating your occasion wear...

While the 2024 nail trends promise summery brights - like coral nails - and creamy pastels for the season ahead, there's still something to be said for timeless colours and designs, like French tip nails and Bubble Bath nails, as well as barely-there finishes. This is especially true for those seeking a versatile manicure that covers a plethora of occasions, rather than just the season - as well as being appropriate for every day - and where that's concerned, Diane Kruger may have just the look for you.

Opting to elevate as opposed to covering her natural talons, Kruger's choice of mani at this year's Cannes Film Festival is the perfect example of a staple nail look - and what's more, it's so easy to recreate at home...

Why Diane Kruger's nails are our go-to for occasions and beyond

We would be remiss if we didn't take a minute to discuss Diana Kruger's red carpet look as a whole. The actor stepped out wearing a shiny, crinkle-effect green Prada gown, which she paired with a wet look, sculpted fringe and a warm brown smoky eye. The combination of all of these elements was bold and chic, offset perfectly by her understated manicure.

Diane Kruger is pictured wearing a green dress and sporting sheer, nude nails as she attends the amfAR Cannes Gala 30th edition Presented by Chopard and Red Sea International Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 23, 2024 in Cap d'Antibes, France.

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Opting for a barely-there, sheer nude and squoval nail shape, Kruger offered all the inspiration we'll ever need for a failsafe manicure, that will compliment any look - from a silky green dress, to a pantsuit - effortlessly, without clashing or getting completely lost amongst the attire.

The soft, 'Glass' nail-like finish looked so clean and expensive on the red carpet - but is surprisingly straightforward to achieve, both at home and in the salon.

How to recreate Diane Kruger's natural nail look

From what we can tell, Diane Kruger opted for a short-ish squoval shape, so we would recommend following suit but if you prefer longer talons, an almond shape would also offer a very elegant finish.

We would then suggest adding either a sheer nude or milky white nail colour to your collection and applying two or so coats to prepped nails - be sure to file and maintain your cuticle before adding your chosen colour. For more of a sheer finish, a good trick is to first water down (so to speak) your milky nail colour with a clear coat. To minimise mess, grab some tin foil and mix a few dots of your nail colour and clear polish before then applying the concoction to your fingernails. If your nails look quite healthy, you may also get away with just a clear coat, for a very au naturel effect.

Then to finish, add a final clear coat (like this one from OPI, at Amazon), to boost shine and top with a cuticle oil.

Naomi Jamieson
Digital Beauty Writer

Naomi is a Digital Beauty Writer from woman&home, where she covers everything from skincare to fragrance but specialises, particularly, in makeup and nail trends. Through her work, Naomi gets to share her trend expertise and share her own shopping recommendations and product reviews. Previously, she worked as a Lifestyle News Writer for My Imperfect Life magazine, where she used her savvy for TikTok to bring readers the latest beauty buzzwords, fashion movements and must-have products. 

Before that, Naomi split her time between both GoodTo and My Imperfect Life, whilst training for her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ, for which she earned a Distinction. Interestingly though, Naomi actually has a background in design, having studied illustration at Plymouth University but leapt into the media world in 2020, after always having a passion for writing. Now, when she isn’t reporting on the best perfumes and latest beauty releases, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping...