BEAUTY IN ’14: Back to Basics Nails

Your manicurists can breathe a collective sigh of relief. Gone are the days of glitter, caviar and velvet – back are the easy, breezy nude nails of yesteryear. There’s something very clean and ladylike about short, nude nails. Your nails will look polished, and the subtlety allows you to play around and have fun with your hair and makeup. From Essie to Chanel, here are our favorite subdued polishes:

Cult Cosmetics in Joshua Tree – Love this new brand we’ve recently discovered. This simple nude complements everything. Plus, all the Cult polishes are vegan and animal-friendly so you can feel good about what you put on your nails!

Butter London in Yummy Mummy – This is one of Butter London’s most popular shades – they call it their ‘magic’ lacquer. This medium beige brings out the best in every skin tone.

Essie in Mademoiselle – Technically more of a pink, this polish classic is truly legendary. The sheer color is the base of thousands of French manicures, and will forever be regarded as a ladylike beauty editor and manicurist favorite.

OPI in Did You ‘Ear About Van Gogh? – Questionable name aside, this OPI polish has one major advantage over other beige polishes – it’s opaque! Many lose patience over the fine line between sheer and invisible. This is a straight up beige that makes a statement while remaining demure.

YSL Nail Touch Lacquer Pen Brush in Beige Touch – Wow. Absolutely adour this ingenious little polish-packed pen from YSL. Pop it in your bag for a quick, mess-free touch up.