28 Best White Nails for Inspo + Best Polish

Updated on January 12, 2024
Tatiana Cooper By Tatiana Cooper
Tatiana Cooper

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    28 Best White Nails for Inspo + Best Polish

    White nails, what could be blander than that, right? Wrong! Very wrong.

    We’re here to show you that white nails can be fun and exciting if you just give them a chance. They are foolproof for every occasion and can be dressed up and down in unique ways. You might be very impressed if you give us and white nails a chance!

    White Nails Video Tutorial

    Learn how to do this adorable white nail style yourself in this easy step by step tutorial.

    White Nails Meaning

    There really isn’t any meaning behind white nails. The only real purpose they hold is what you give to them.

    However, the online world of TikTok has granted white nails to mean you are single and ready to mingle. The color can symbolize a fresh start, cleanliness, and a blank slate, which TikTokers have translated into singleness. However, there’s no need to follow this ideology of what white nails mean unless you wish too.

    3 Best Times to Rock White Nail Designs

    White nails are a versatile manicure. They look clean and pristine and suit any occasion. However, we have a few favorite times to rock white nail designs, and we have listed them below for you.

    Wedding Day

    If you are looking for a manicure to go with your white dress or whatever you choose to wear, we suggest white nails. The white will blend seamlessly into white your outfit, ensuring that you and your dress are the stars of the show.

    Summer

    Summer is the perfect time to wear white nail designs. Wearing dark nail polish colors is never super flattering during the hot months, and the furthest you can get from those colors is white. Adding designs to your white nails during the summer can be fun.

    Vacation

    White nails are great for a vacation any time of year and in any location. If you like to plan your outfits, you might find a nail color other than white to suit all your fits. But, if you are more of toss-your-favorite items in-a-bag and call it a day packer, then white nails will be perfect. The white will go with any outfit and will prevent clashing.

    White Acrylic Nails

    White acrylic nails are the holy grail of manicures. They are simple, classic, and sophisticated but can quickly become unique and elevated with different nail designs.

    Acrylic nails are the status quo when it comes to manicures. In the early 20th century, the shorter your nails, the higher your social status was, and the longer they were, the lower it was. But now, nails are much less political, as they should be, and people of all statuses’ are wearing long and short nails.

    If white acrylic nails intrigue you, check out the chart below to determine which shape might suit you.

    Acrylic Nail Shape Shape Details
    Coffin Shape
    • Angular shape
    • Straight edge
    • Flat at the tip
    • Resembles coffin shape
    Stiletto Shape
    • Pointed tip
    • Traditionally long
    • Resembles a stiletto shoe
    Almond Shape
    • Rounded peak
    • Resembles the shape of an almond
    • Typically medium in length
    Square Shape
    • Flat at the tip
    • Straight sharp corners
    • Most natural looking
    Pointed Shape
    • Long length
    • Filed into a point

    Black And White Nails

    Black and white nails are the perfect opportunity to play with abstract designs. The simplicity of the two shades makes it easier to get away with intricate and playful designs like these. Plus, black and white is the perfect color combination that goes with everything.

    Zohna Tip

    Using nail art tape is super helpful for getting sharp and abstract lines.

    White Tip Nails

    White tip nails are another name for French tip nails. White tip nails are a beloved and timeless manicure. Women have been wearing this classic manicure for years and years, and it’s still as beautiful as ever.

    Milky White Nails

    If the white shade is too bright and stark against your skin tone or appears to stand out more than you like, we suggest milky white nails. This manicure resembles regular white nails, yet it’s more subtle and natural.

    These milky white nails would pair beautifully with a dark skin tone or a lighter one with a bit of a tan.

    Short White Nails

    Sometimes, we must embrace what we have; if you have short nails, you are in luck. Short white nails are the perfect manicure to appreciate your natural nails. For some of us, acrylic nails are not worth the time, effort, or possible damage, and that’s okay. This is why embracing your natural nails can be great, especially since you can sport these awesome short white nails.

    White Coffin Nails

    White coffin nails aren’t as scary as they sound; in actuality, they are a gorgeous manicure. The coffin nail shape is long and flat at the tip, resembling the shape of a coffin or a ballerina’s shoe.

    Accompanying a classic white manicure with the distinct coffin nail shape forms a foolproof and superb nail style that we will endlessly love and recommend.

    White And Gold Nails

    White and gold glitter nails are the perfect ensemble. There are many gold nail polish colors that you can pick from to use when creating these white and gold nails. However, we have an even better suggestion: gold glitter or sparkle nail polish!

    You should consider taking this route instead, as it will give your nails more character and add more texture to your claws. Believe it or not, there is a difference between glitter and sparkle nail polishes. If you want to know the differences, scan the table below!

    Glitter Nail Polish Characteristics Sparkle Nail Polish Characteristics
    • Chunky particles
    • Can physically see the glitter bits
    • It provides lots of shine and sparkle
    • Fine particles
    • It needs to reflect light to see the sparkle
    • It provides a softer look

    White Nails With Glitter

    If you read the white and gold nails category above and felt intrigued by glitter nail polish’s characteristics, you have landed in the right place. White nails with glitter are the perfect lowkey, while still kind of high-key, manicure for our divas out there.

    The light coating of glitter polish over the white nails doesn’t diminish the white but elevates it ever so slightly. The glitter and white polish blend perfectly, making one another pop uniquely.

    White Nails With Diamonds

    If the glamorous life is the life for you, then these white nails with diamonds are going to be your go-to manicure. If we were right in saying that the glamorous life was for you, then we are likely also correct in saying that you may be selective in the sizes and shapes of your diamonds.

    Cute White Nails

    These cute white nails are the perfect manicure for those who are super into nail art. Adding nail art to your manicure can be done in tons of fun and unique ways. Nail art provides an opportunity to have fun with your manicure beyond color play and provides an avenue to experiment with self-expression.

    There are many ways you can add fun designs to your nails, such as:

    • Nail decals
    • Chrome pigment
    • Acrylic nails
    • Nail tips
    • Glitter
    • Hand-painted designs
    • Press on nails
    • Rhinestones

    Blue And White Nails

    Blue And White NailsInstagram@enamellePIN

    Stress no longer! Your fairy godmother (us) is here to help turn your dusty fingernails into beautiful blue and white nails. This combination of blue and white brings us back to childhood memories of watching Cinderella. If you want to “bibbidi bobbidi boo” into a Disney character, perfect cause these are claws suited for a princess.

    White Almond Nails

    These white almond nails have nothing to do with the food. White almond nails are acrylic nails in an almond shape painted with white nail polish. They are a perfectly timeless and classic manicure suited for a classy lady. But they can also be elevated and glammed out if traditional manicures aren’t your style. Paring a calm white with the soft angles of the almond shape is a match made in heaven.

    White Gel Nails

    White gel nails are perfect for people on the go. They last long, are chip resistant and require barely any dry time. This is all possible because the nail polish is formulated to cure under an LED light. Different gel options are available, such as gel extensions, gel polish, shellac, and gel press-on. Check out the table below for the pros and cons of each gel type.

    Gel Type Pros Cons
    Gel extensions
    • Feels lighter than acrylics
    • Less damaging and less prone to chipping than acrylics
    • Looks more natural than acrylics
    • Requires UV light to cure, which can cause complications such as skin cancer
    • Prolonged wear causes nail damage
    Gel polish
    • It’s easily accessible
    • Has a large shade range
    • Last longer than regular polish
    • Extra glossy finish
    • Can’t use it unless you have UV or LED lamp
    • Can’t remove unless you use 100% acetone
    • Prolonged wear causes nail damage
    Shellac
    • Lasts for 3-4 weeks
    • Very similar to gel polish
    • Can’t use it unless you have UV or LED lamp
    • Can’t remove unless you use 100% acetone
    • Prolonged wear causes nail damage
    Gel press-ons
    • You can choose from many different nail designs without having to do them yourself
    • Easy to apply
    • Less expensive than going to the salon
    • Last only about a week
    • Can be difficult to find nails that fit perfectly for each finger

    Matte White Nails

    Sometimes simplicity is key, but why not elevate that simplicity without changing things too much. We get it; sometimes, the timeless white nails are the perfect manicure, and why try and change perfection? But changing your manicure in subtle ways can be unique without being too jarring and different.

    If you haven’t picked up on what we’re putting down, we’re talking about matte white nails! Instead of choosing glossy white nails like everybody else, change things by mattifying your claws. They look slightly different from regular white nails, perfect for those who don’t want to change their manicures too much.

    Nut White Nails

    It can sometimes be tricky to find a white nail polish color that doesn’t wash you out or look too stark bright against your skin. That’s where these nut white nails come in; they are the perfect mix between white and cream. In our humble opinion, these are our favorite white nails as they look more natural and warn you if you know what we mean.

    White Sparkly Nails

    If you are planning on attending a special event where you have planned to wear white nails due to an outfit or something along those lines, but plain white seems too dull, try white sparkly nails.

    It can be hard to find a manicure nicer than plain white that isn’t tacky looking. But now you have found the perfect one, white sparkly nails.

    We suggest choosing silver or white sparkles over top of your white nails, but you can choose from plenty of shade options.

    Pink and White Nails

    Pink and White NailsInstagram@yayanailzPIN

    Nothing says you are a girly girl more than these pink and white nails. They are the perfect manicure for long summer days spent lounging around a pool or basking in the sun. If you are more adventurous in the summer, we recommend you get a short version of these nails; the last thing you want is a broken nail.

    White Long Nails

    Our rule of thumb goes as such, the more attention you want to be directed to your claws, the longer you get them.

    These white long nails are the perfect example of why long nails are great for nail art. There is so much more surface area to incorporate fun and unique design elements that just won’t fit onto short nails. This manicure has multiple design elements, such as pearls, chrome pigment, and more!

    Soft White Nails

    When we imagine soft white nails, we picture the almond nail shape, a tamed white shade, and one element of design. These soft white nails are exactly what we imagined. The almond nail shape is perfect; despite its pointed tip, it’s a soft-edged nail shape that gives structure to your claws without overpowering them.

    The soft white shade, similar to a nut or milky white, gives off the perfect stubble energy we could have wanted. But, the cherry on top is the chrome pigment beautifully buffed into the manicure. The chrome pigment gives it shine and an iridescent, irresistible, blurred appearance.

    Since we love chrome pigment so much, we can’t help but also want you to love it. So, we have concluded that for you to love it, you need to try it, and to do that, you must know how.

    You’ll need to add chrome pigment to soft white nails:

    1. Chrome pigment (you can choose any shade, we prefer white)
    2. Buffing brush
    3. Top coat

    Now that you have all the necessary tools, check out the tutorial on how to use them:

    1. Once you finish your almond-shaped nails with the soft white polish, you can add your chrome pigment. Waiting for everything to dry completely before moving on to chrome is crucial.
    2. Dip your finger or the buffing brush into the chrome pigment. A little goes a long way.
    3. Using either tool, rub the pigment onto the nail back and forth from tip to nail bed. You might have to repeat step 2 a few times until you get the desired results. The pigment needs to be worked into the nail, or it will look blotchy, so make sure you buff it in well.
    4. Once they are shimmering as much as you desire, simply add a layer of top coat to seal everything in, and voila, you have soft white nails with chrome.

    White Nails With Rhinestones

    These pink and white nails with rhinestones are a girl’s best friend. They’re extra glamorous and a bit sassy. Rhinestones are great in that sense they can elevate any regular manicure to a diva manicure. If you are a well-seasoned rhinestone user, you likely already know these stones have different shapes.

    If you didn’t know there were different shapes, here are six of the most common rhinestone forms used in manicures:

    • Baguette
    • Pear
    • Round
    • Oval
    • Navette
    • Square

    Hopefully, you have been convinced to add some rhinestones to your next set of white nails, and if that’s the case, you may be intrigued to know how.

    What you need to add rhinestones to your white nails:

    1. Rhinestones
    2. Tweezers
    3. Top coat
    4. Nail glue

    Now that you have all the proper tools, it’s time to get bedazzling:

    1. It’s important to map out exactly where you want to place the rhinestones on your nails. Once placed, they shouldn’t be moved as it might mess up the white nail polish underneath.
    2. Once you know the exact placements you want for your rhinestones, you can use the tweezers to pick up the rhinestones. Place a small dot of nail glue on the bottom of the rhinestone. If you add too much, it can spill out the sides of the stone and look funny.
    3. Now, place the rhinestone exactly where you want it. Repeat on each finger.
    4. When all the rhinestones are laid onto your fingernails, add a layer of the top coat to seal everything in.

    White French Toe Nails

    White French Toe NailsInstagram@b0mbnailzPIN

    Here at Zohna, we’re all about constancy. Therefore, if you have white tips on your fingers, why not extend the French love to your toes?

    Getting a pedicure is as important as a manicure, especially in the summer or when away on a tropical vacation. Feet are not most people’s favorite thing, but caring for your toes by giving them French tips will make them slightly more bearable. White French toenails are a classic manicure that won’t draw attention to your feet but will keep them looking pretty and clean if someone does catch a glance at your walkers.

    Doing white-tip nails is easy, especially if you do it yourself and on your toenails.

    If you want to know how to, grab some tape and white nail polish, and then check the tutorial below:

    1. Before doing any manicure or pedicure, we usually suggest that you file, clip, and trim the nail and any dead skin around it to ensure that you are painting on an optimal surface.
    2. Once your toenails are ready, simply lay a small piece of tape across the toenail, ensuring that the tip is exposed. You want to leave as much toenail showing as you want to be the white tip. Ensure that you lay the perfect edge horizontally and that the ripped edges are nowhere near the nail but laying off the sides of the toe.
    3. Using the blunt line of the tape as a guide, paint the white nail polish onto the exposed tip of the toenail. Do all toenails once and then twice.
    4. Remove the tape and finish with a top coat; there you have it: white French toenails!

    Clear White Nails

    The clear white nails give off an ethereal energy that we dig. This manicure can only be done on acrylic nails since our fingernails aren’t transparent. But if you are okay with getting acrylics, you are the perfect candidate.

    These clear white nails look like a complex manicure, but in reality, with the proper tools, they wouldn’t be too tricky to accomplish. Due to their ombre appearance and the need for acrylics, gel nail polish must be used.

    Other tools you would need for this manicure are:

    • Clear gel polish or top coat
    • White gel polish
    • UV lamp
    • Acrylic nails
    • Nail glue
    • Nail dehydrator
    • Acid-free nail primer
    • Dappen dish
    • Acrylic nail brush
    • Acrylic powder
    • Acrylic liquid

    White Powder Nails

    White powder nails refer to dip powder nails. Dip powder is a type of nail polish where you dip the nail into a powder, cover it with a sealant, and cure it under an LED light. When finished, the nails look very similar to gel nails. White powder nails come in many shades, last long, dry quickly, and are chip resistant. White powder nails are great for pairing with acrylic nails.

    All White Nails

    Sometimes less is more, which is perfectly fine, and these all white nails prove our point. These entirely white nails are simple yet look clean and put together. Plus, these nails are extremely easy to do at home, perfect when you need a manicure quickly.

    Yellow And White Nails

    Yellow And White NailsInstagram@brh.nailsPIN

    These yellow and white nails are the cutest springtime manicure ever! The little white accent flowers bring these nails to life. Anyone who looks at your claws will instantly feel happier, and who doesn’t want to bring happiness to the people they are with?

    Orange And White Nails

    When you think of doing a colorful and bright manicure, the first thing that comes to mind isn’t likely to want orange nails. But we are here to change your mind with these super sick orange and white nails.

    You can incorporate orange and white in whichever ways you want, but we see these swirls of color interlaced with a hint of silver sparkle, and we instantly swoon. Not only is this the perfect manicure for summer, but it would also be great for your university if the colors were orange and white; we know we can think of a few.

    White Nails With Gems

    White Nails With GemsInstagram@i.a.nailsPIN

    The details we can add to our manicure seem unending. There is so much possibility for glitz and glamor.

    These white nails with gems are the perfect set of claws. The gems nuzzled perfectly into the nail bed look gorgeous. Keeping your gems towards the bottom of your nails is an excellent way to keep things looking clean and sharp while still having fun with your manicure.

    Snow White Nails

    There’s nothing better than a crisp, bright white polish the color of snow. Snow white nails are a super opaque white shade that is very bright. These white nails are perfect for those who want their white manicure to stand out.

    3 Best White Nail Polish Picks

    For any white nail designs, it’s important to ensure you start with a good white base. White can easily be transparent and streaky, so you must investigate to find the perfect opaque and pristine white nail polish formula. Lucky for you, we have listed a few here.

    OPI Nail Lacquer
    $11.49 ($22.98 / Fl Oz)
    10/30/2023 02:56 pm GMT

    This bright white nail polish color is one of our favorites. OPI is one of those long-running trustworthy brands we know will consistently deliver perfect results. Their nail lacquer in Alpine Snow is the opaque white shade you dream of. This shade is excellent for creating French tips with a shiny creme finish.

    Key product features:

    • It lasts for seven days of wear
    • Easily removes
    • Chip resistant
    • Quick drying

    Essie is another brand providing quality products that everyone can trust. 13 Blanc is a stunning white shade with a glossy finish. This polish is formulated to provide flawless coverage and salon-quality formula.

    Key product features:

    • Glossy finish
    • Streak-free
    • Dibutyl Phthalate Free, Formaldehyde Free, Toluene Free
    • Easy glide brush fits every nail size for easy application
    Beetles Gel Nail Polish
    $6.59 ($13.18 / Fl Oz)
    10/30/2023 03:00 pm GMT

    For those interested in any of the gel white nails we mentioned, this Beetles gel nail polish in the shade A-French White will be ideal. However, nothing as perfect as gel polish comes too easily; therefore, you need an LED nail lamp and a proper gel base and top coat. Without these, it’s impossible to do a gel manicure at home with this polish.

    Key product features:

    • Formulated with nine toxin-free ingredients
    • Low odor
    • No adhesives that lead to damaged nails
    • Last for three weeks
    • Chip-resistant

    FAQ

    • How To Make Nails White

      The only way to make your nails white is to use white nail polish. However, you have other options, such as shellac, gel, or press-on nails.

      If you don’t have white nail polish, you could partake in some potion-creating and combine red, green, and blue to create a white shade!

    • How To Make White Nails Shiny

      There are plenty of ways to add shine to your white nails. You can add glitter, sparkles, diamonds, rhinestones, chrome pigment, and more. If you want to keep things simple, you can also look for a high gloss top coat to make things shiny.

    • How To Clean White Nails

      You clean white nails the same way you clean your hands. Washing your hands regularly and maintaining good hygiene will ensure your white nails stay clean.

    • How To Keep White Nails From Staining

      To prevent your white nails from staining and turning color, there isn’t too much you can do. Try your best to keep your hands out of situations where there might be the possibility of staining. Using a heavy-duty and good-quality top coat will also help prevent stains.

    White Out!

    If you are still reading this, our hopes are high that you gave us and white nails a chance. Perhaps your mind is spinning with all the different white nails you can choose from. This is probably a new feeling for you if you never saw a white manicure having multiple options. We’re sure that you will love whatever white nail design you choose.