Simple White Nail Designs – How To Master The “Clean Girl” Aesthetic?

by Stephanie Yankova

If you’ve been anywhere near Instagram or TikTok in the last 2 years, you’re familiar with the white nail obsession that took the world by storm! I don’t think there’s a single celebrity who didn’t jump on that trend, and there are more than enough reasons for you to do it, too. Why, you may ask? It’s the ultimate clean girl aesthetic look – classic, chic, unpretentious, goes with every outfit, and looks absolutely stunning on almost every skin tone and nail shape. Moving into 2023, a year of new beginnings, decluttering and letting go of everything that no longer serves us, the simplicity and cleanliness of the white nails seem to be very much on brand. There’s just something about a fresh set of white nails that makes you feel like you have your life together, you know? Of course, I’m well aware that it’s not everybody’s cup of tea! I’m all about having options, there’s no such thing as one size fits all when it comes to beauty. This is why we brought our team of writers together, who took it upon themselves to try out different white nail designs and share the results with you. So without further ado, here are the best white nail designs presented to you by our team straight from the nail salon.

Classic Ballerina-Shaped White Nail Designs

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Credits: Deavita Photo Gallery/Svetoslava Koeva

The ballerina nail shape, very similar to the coffin nails, has been a celebrity favorite for years. It was originally popularized by Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner, and just like everything else they put out in the world, it quickly became an overnight phenomenon! The biggest benefit of this nail shape is that the blunt tips make it much easier to do everyday activities, unlike pointy nails, like long almond or stiletto shapes. The classic, clean white nail polish in combination with this incredibly feminine nail shape is guaranteed to make your hands model-worthy.

French Animal Print White Nails

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Credits: Deavita Photo Gallery/Marieta G.

One of my favorite nail trends to ever exist – the animal print manicure – is a great way to funk up your plain white nails! This is an easy and quirky way to add some personality to your nails – it’s unpretentious and incredibly versatile. You can play around and apply the pattern as an overlay on your classic french tips. Why not take it a step further and mix and match different animal prints? Using the white color as a base, you can create zebra, cow, or giraffe prints. Even if you’re wearing a plain outfit, you won’t go unnoticed, as these nails are the only accessory you’ll need.

Catwoman Claws – White Nail Designs Acrylic

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Credits: Deavita Photo Gallery/Marieta G.

If you’ve seen the latest Batman movie, there’s probably one little detail that you simply couldn’t brush past – Zoë Kravitz’s manicure. These milky white stiletto nails reminiscent of cat claws are the ultimate good-girl gone bad look. A little heads up – it might be hard for you to grow out your natural nails at that length, and even if you manage to do so, they’ll probably be too brittle to last long. The best way to achieve a sturdy, feline manicure like this one is by getting acrylic nails so that you too can feel one step closer to a real-life Catwoman.

Square Milky White French Tips

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Credits: Deavita Photo Gallery/Marieta G.

Milky white nails have become the epitome of the clean girl aesthetic and due to their popularity nail artists are trying out different ways to incorporate classic designs. A crowd favorite has become this cloudy sky interpretation of the French tips. How can you take the French manicure a step further? Simply by using a milky white base instead of a nude color. It’s a simple twist that elevates your nails and makes them look oh, so delicious, almost like whipped cream.

Short Square White Nail Designs 2023

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Credits: Deavita Photo Gallery/Marieta G.

2023 is unprecedentedly starting to look like the year of short nail shapes, and we are not mad at it! The combination of the classic short square nail shape with the 90s supermodel milky white nail polish is a match made in Heaven! It’s simple, elegant, easy to maintain, and works equally well on every skin complexion. A huge benefit of this nail shape is that it elongates your fingers beautifully as it follows their natural form, and the white nail varnish helps accentuate the soft, well-groomed look. If you want to add something a little extra to this design, a simple red heart in the corner of your nails will instantly do the trick and bring some friskiness to this classic look.


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