Clean-girl beauty is everywhere right now. Whether it's clean-girl makeup or clean-smelling fragrances, you've probably seen some interpretation of the trend. And what's not to love? This minimal aesthetic is effortless, understated and very expensive-looking—all adjectives we totally want to get on board with.
Harriet Westmoreland used Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Ballerina for this nail look.
At Who What Wear, we always have our fingertips on the pulse of new nail trends. So it was only a matter of time before we started seeing the "clean-girl" mood reach the fingertips of supermodels, celebrities and beauty experts alike. Open up Instagram or TikTok, and you'll most likely stumble across some clean-girl nails. But what exactly makes this look so good?
A milky wash of colour and perfectly preened cuticles make for an expensive-looking manicure.
The clean-girl nail look includes a neutral nail colour, usually a sheer wash or a hue that pairs perfectly with your skin tone. It's also teamed with immaculate cuticles and a short rounded shape to the nail edge. And don't forget that super-glossy finish with a hydrating cuticle oil.
Nail artist Harriet Westmoreland is leading the way with the clean-girl nail trend. We practically went down a nail Instagram hole scrolling through the perfectly preened nails on her profile. She's also behind the nails of celebrities such as Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and you'll spot her prepping the fingertips of countless celebrities for awards shows.
HOW TO GET THE CLEAN-GIRL NAIL LOOK
Westmoreland puts in the prep for her clean-girl nails. On her Instagram, you'll find her impressive collection of skincare products and treatments that she'll incorporate into her manicures. Think La Mer face oil on cuticles and indulgent body scrubs to buff hands to perfection. Want in on the action? Here are some of the products she uses.
Nailcare is essential to the clean-girl nail look.
Use a body scrub to leave fingertips and hands glowing.
2. PUSH BACK CUTICLES
Neat cuticles are a key foundation to clean-girl nails. Use a cuticle pusher on nail beds to instantly elongate nails and create a clean slate for your nail polish.
3. POLISH NAILS
A sheer wash of colour or a neutral opaque shade of nail polish is the key to achieving clean-girl nails.
A sheer wash of colour instantly makes your nails look healthy. Opt for a sheer white or pink hue to brighten your nail plates.
4. FINISH WITH CUTICLE OIL
A cuticle oil finishes off the look with a glossy sheen and helps to keep cuticles hydrated for that expensive-looking manicure.
Clean-Girl Nail Looks:
Neutral nails look so chic paired with gold jewellery and a statement sleeve cuff. Choose a neutral nail polish colour that matches your skin tone to keep nails looking understated.
A swipe of a milky-pink polish on your fingertips is an effortless way to make your hands look polished.
A bright yet sheer pink instantly brightens nails.
Good cuticle care is key to this look. In between nail appointments, keep cuticles hydrating with a cuticle oil to maintain healthy nails.
A clean nail look provides the perfect base to experiment with nail art. We love this inverted French nail art.
Micro nail art looks so chic on a clean-girl base. Why not try a heart or minimal flower on one nail to switch up your usual manicure?
A neutral French tip looks so polished. Plus, it always goes with any outfit.
Not quite a French tip but still minimal. Finely outline the edges of your nails in white. It's like a crisp white shirt but for your nails.
A rose-quartz nail look is still understated but adds a little something more to fingertips.
A French manicure is so timeless. Keep it feeling modern by opting for a super-thin line on the tips.
Keep hands soft with hand cream. Don't forget to apply to the cuticles to keep prevent dryness.
A minimal dot gives a nod to the season. Why not opt for a pastel hue for spring and summer and a Bordeaux red for the colder months?
You can layer a sheer hue until you get the desired finish.
A faint wash of colour works so well no matter the time of year or what you're wearing. It's also less noticeable when it chips, meaning you can extend the wear of your polish.