These elevated neutral nails are the go-to manicure year-round – here’s how to recreate them

Effortlessly timeless and chic, this neutral manicure with a pearlescent twist are the perfect addition to your manicure rotation all year round

Neutral nail polish with a chrome finish
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If you tend to opt for neutral nails at every manicure appointment but are currently looking for something to elevate your fingertips, the nude chrome nail trend might just be the minimalistic answer.

When it comes to 2024 nail trends, while you might first think of the array of summer-oozing shades that have been gaining popularity this season – such as lemon French tips or coral nails – their neutral counterpart shades are still in full swing. We’re always looking to add a twist to classic neutral nails, of which there have been many iterations in recent years, from the glazed doughnut trend to the more recent glass nails look.

Now, there’s a new nail trend on the block, nude chrome nails, and something tells us this pearlescent look won’t just be seen everywhere this summer. We think it's timeless enough for manicures all year round…

Why nude chrome nails are the timeless manicure we love for year-round wear

As you may have already guessed from its name, with its mirror-like shine finish this trend follows in the footsteps of other glazed, pearlescent trends. With many nude shades to pick from, the great thing about this versatile trend is that it can be tailored to your desired shade. From pink or taupe shades to warmer hues, the final outcome is determined by the neutral polish colour you choose.

No matter your nail length or shape, from short to long and almond to squoval, we’ve seen plenty of iterations of this trend floating about on social media that work seamlessly from day to night.

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What’s more, the trend is simple to achieve at home. Use your go-to neutral polish as your base and, once dry, buff a chrome powder over the top to reveal the opal sheen. Finally, finish your mani with a high-shine glossy top coat to lock it in. 

Our nude chrome nail staples

If you’re looking to recreate this trend, whether at home or in the salon, we’ve put together the three staples you need in your kit – don’t forget to apply a cuticle oil, like Nails Inc’s Vit C Please Cuticle Oil.

We can't talk manicures without providing some helpful inspiration pictures. So, to save you from scrolling, we've rounded up four looks of the trend for you to recreate at home...

4 nude chrome nail looks we're loving

1. Short nude chrome nails

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For those who love a minimalistic manicure, this pink undertone and high-shine combo shows that short and simple can do the trick.

2. Almond nude chrome nails

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This almond shape works perfectly with this deeper nude shade – so elegant and sophisticated.

3. Square nude chrome nails

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Now that square nails are having their revival, what better way to jump on the trend than with this ultra-glossy chrome manicure?

4. Ombre nude chrome nails

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If you're looking for a way to add more of a design to this trend, these subtle ombre French tips feel understated yet glamorous.

Sennen Prickett
Digital Beauty Writer

Sennen is Digital Beauty Writer at woman&home, where she shares the latest beauty buys and trending products from makeup and hair to skincare and nails. Previously, Sennen worked as a Junior Digital Editor at FROW Magazine, where she wrote about the latest fashion and beauty news, trends and viral must-have products to shop, and reviewing a lineup of beauty products. She has since worked with numerous brands including Who What Wear UK, HuffPost UK and Harvey Nichols. When she’s not writing about all things beauty, Sennen spends her spare time watching the latest Netflix series, doing lots of online shopping and walking her dog.