Nailed It: Winter White


Nude nails are everywhere, from the negative space manicures we saw at New York Fashion Week, to the barely-there matte nude that dominated last spring. But what about white? There is something so satisfying yet surprising about the cleanliness of the hue.

The “No White After Labor Day” rule has no place in the nail world. Look ahead for the perfect snowy alternative to the classic nude manicure.

“Funny Bunny”: OPI
This cream-jelly formula delivers a translucent shade that will disguise any imperfections on your nails, giving an upgraded version of that dreaded “white-out” look.

“My Boyfriend Scales Walls”: OPI
Part of the OPI Spider-Man collection, this opaque polish is slightly blue-hued; reminiscent of a perfect snow day.

“Marshmallow”: Essie
Essie is known for their demure pinks, whites, and nudes, which makes choosing the best one a difficult task. The white-toned “Marshmallow” offers arguably the best formula of Essie’s paler shades, with minimal streaking and nearly opaque coverage in two to three coats.

“My Vampire is Buff”: OPI
Although the name claims nude, this polish straddles the line between “buff” and white. Admittedly, the formula is slightly streaky and requires 3 coats for full coverage. But trust us: The payoff of a perfectly opaque off-white mani is worth the extra effort.

“Alpine Snow”: OPI
For a truly opaque white polish, OPI’s classic lacquer Alpine Snow hits the jackpot. With minimal streaking, the formula provides stark white full coverage after 2 coats. Feeling brave? The opacity of this polish makes it perfect for some on-trend nail art.

“Ballet Slippers”: Essie
A favorite for bridal wear, this palest-pink shade leans just white enough to flatter every skin tone. With 3 coats, there is just enough visible nail line for a natural French-manicure look that is anything but passé.

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