The ‘no-nicure’ nail trend is having a major moment – but what exactly is it?

Neutral nails are everywhere this season as manicure fans turn to understated hues in pinks, beiges and browns. But if there’s one look that’s reigning supreme on social media it’s the ultra neutral, barely there manicure – also nicknamed the “no-manicure manicure” or “no-nicure”.

Loved by everyone from Molly-Mae Hague and Maura Higgins to Hailey Bieber and Ariana Grande, shiny and healthy looking nails in an understated hue are the go-to right now, whether on a shorter, natural length or longer looks created with the help of extensions.

If you want in on the trend, you’re in luck, as we’ve grilled a couple of experts on the no-mani mani to bring you everything you need to know about creating the perfect neutral nails.

How does the no-manicure manicure work?

“The ‘no-manicure manicure’ is the nail take on the ‘clean girl’ aesthetic,” explains Juanita Huber-Millet, founder of luxury nail salon chain Townhouse. “It’s the nail equivalent to the natural, dewy makeup look – so looking super put together and natural, seemingly with minimal effort.

“The look starts with a super clean, simple and minimal manicure, so focusing on fantastic cuticle work and nail buffing to ensure that the nail beds are the star of the manicure,” she continues. “It’s then topped off with a sheer and subtle shade, or even just a top coat – there’s something so chic about having your bare, healthy nails shine through!”

Want to know which shades to ask for, or which to use if you’re a DIY mani kind of girl? Our expert recommends OPI’s Love Is In the Bare or Bubble Bath for the perfect natural manicure. “For a polished finish, we also love CND Romantique – a delicate, creamy colour which can be built up coat-by-coat to get the perfect look,” she adds.

If you are going for a DIY job, Mavala’s nail expert Lynn Mason has shared a few additional tips to help you, er, nail the look below.

Top tips to nail the no-manicure manicure

Be gentle with your cuticles

“You need to make sure you take extra care around the cuticle area because if you’re too heavy handed, the nails will feel stressed and result in white spots, ridges or weakness,” Lynn says. Try a dedicated cuticle remover like Mavala’s for £12.60 here.

Moisturise your cuticles and nails with oil

Using a cuticle oil like Mavala’s, £14.35 here, will not only keep them healthy and looking fresh, but Lynn says it’ll also help your nail polish to last longer. “Massaging the formula into the nails daily will not only allow the cuticle area to look and feel better, but the massage movement will help to stimulate the blood and nutrients to the area thus helping to improve the growth and health,” she says.

Use both base coat and top coat

It’s a tale as old as time, but if you’re going DIY with your mani then using both a base coat and top coat will help your polish to last longer. Lynn reminds us that base coats prevent pigments from coming into contact with your nail bed and, while there are both matte and shiny finishes on offer, “a top coat is an essential step to your natural mani as it will prevent flaking, so be sure not to leave out.”

We spy a fresh manicure in your future…


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