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The “clean girl” aesthetic is everywhere right now. A search term that refers to an effortless, natural look—think dewy, make-up-free, fresh-looking skin—it has garnered a casual 2.1 billion views on TikTok. From our heads to our toes, we’re wholeheartedly embracing this minimalist, squeaky-clean look—and, yes, that applies to our nails.
“Your nails, but better” is the biggest manicure mood right now—and everyone from Selena Gomez and Jennifer Lopez to Simone Ashley is loving it. Sheer nudes and naked pinks, not too dissimilar from the nail’s natural color, are being deployed to luxurious effect.
Manicurists are putting their own spin on the trend. Whether that means a slim white tip—French manicure-style—from Faye Louise Dennis using long-wearing Bio Sculpture gel polish, or Iram Shelton’s intricate silver detailing atop a transparent nude base, the devil is in the detail.
Below, some of the best minimalist manicures to inspire your next look.