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15 Clean Girl Nail Ideas for Your Next Nail Appointment

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The “clean girl” aesthetic is all over TikTok right now, with celebs including Hailey Bieber and Selena Gomez favoring minimalist manicures. Now, we don’t mean simple nails that are terribly boring. Instead, these ‌clean girl nails feature ‌minimalist nail art on nude nails, no matter your skin tone.

Clean, simple nails are like a breath of fresh air in a world of elaborate designs and flashy colors. (Hey, there’s a time and place for everything.) They're all about embracing the power of subtlety, where the tiniest details make the boldest statements. Whether you're an on-the-go professional, a minimalist at heart, or someone who just loves the timeless allure of understated beauty, clean girl nails offer you a canvas to express your unique style.

1. Clean French Manicure

With clean, hydrated cuticles and a chrome top coat, classic French tips are anything but boring.

2. Ombré Pink Nails

Clean girl nails can also be pink nails! We love the subtle ombré on the almond nail shape.

3. White Dots

Just one simple dot on these short, natural nails makes a big impact.

4. Subtle Bling

Sometimes we’re in the mood for something a little extra, and that’s where this little pearl mani comes in.

5. Gold Nail Stickers

Stick nail stickers on clean, natural nails and finish with a glossy top coat. Voila! You have minimalist nail art with minimal effort.

6. Sheer Pink Mani

Sure, this creamy, sheer pink nail polish is gorg, but it’s really about the nail care here. It’s a lot like skincare, with clean, hydrated hands and nails.

7. Micro French Manicure

The thinnest swipe of color on each of these French tips just screams minimalist nail art.

8. Marble Gel Nails

The subtle white marble on these gel nails adds interest without being too bold.

9. Silver Stars

Add tiny silver stars to any nude nails for a festive nail look that’s still the clean girl aesthetic.

10. White Outline French Nails

We love outlining our classic French tips for graphic nail art that’s just bold enough. 

11. Minimal Nail Art on Short Nails

These little white squiggles on neutral nails ensure you’ll get all the compliments.

12. Microdots on Gel Nails

Polka dots are usually made with a bold color, but we like using neutral nail polish colors—like brown and tan—for a more laid-back dotted nail look.

13. Accent Nails

Add white floral nail designs to just two nails, and the result is a minimalist manicure dream.

14. Contrasting Nude Nails

Choose a nude nail polish that contrasts your skin tone for a stunning neutral pop of color.

15. Gold Tips

The clean girl aesthetic still likes to have some fun, like the gold tips on this French manicure.

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About the author
Elizabeth Denton
Elizabeth is a freelance beauty writer. Previously, she was a beauty & fashion editor at Time Out New York, Seventeen, & Allure. She has more than a decade of experience in the beauty and fashion world, writing for Nylon, StyleCaster, Cosmopolitan & more.
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Article Last Updated August 15, 2023 12:00 AM