Nude nails
Nude nails seen on the runways of Loewe and Max Mara. Photos: Showbit.

Nude was the nail hue of choice at Peter Pilotto, Dolce & Gabbana, Moschino and Marc Jacobs’ Spring/Summer 13 runway shows.

So, it’s no surprise to hear that 2013 is being hailed as the year of the ‘mannequin manicure’.

Nude nails are certainly not a new trend, but this season’s version is a gorgeously luxe twist on the failsafe tan, taupe and putty polishes.

“Spring/summer 2013 is all about nude shades with an ultra high glossy finish,” says runway manicurist David Barton, who has tended the nails of countless top models.

“Dior are about to launch a beautiful collection of soft nude shades, the colours have been created with all skin tones in mind so there is a colour that will suit everyone,” he adds.

Fancy creating a set of runway-worthy fingertips? Here are some stripped back natural shades to try. © Cover Media

Dior Le Vernis in Safari Beige

New to the Le Vernis line, but sure to be a classic before long, Dior’s Safari Beige is a cool-toned nude with a strong pink undertone.

Essie Nail Polish in Nude Attitude

A glossy, long-lasting, warm-toned nude that will suit those with a darker skin tone.

Jessica in Naked As A Jaybird

Gorgeously sheer, this polish is beige with warm tones and a cream finish. Perfect for an understated spring look.

Laura Mercier Nail Lacquer Nail Polish in Nude Silk

Ideal if you’re in a rush, this ultra-smooth formula provides chip-resistant, fast-drying and long-lasting nude.

O.P.I Nail Lacquer in Samoan Sand

This is a sheer, glossy nude with a pink undertone that makes it totally on-trend, plus ultra-wearable.