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Some people enjoy the warm, frothy taste of lattes, while others are simply in it for the vibes, and that’s OK. Either way, you can’t deny the gravitational pull toward your nearest barista that hits the second there’s a slight chill in the air. So it should come as no surprise that the aesthetic is rubbing off on the beauty space, first starting with the Tiktok-viral “latte makeup” trend and now with latte nails.
Neutral manicures have been on the up and up for the greater part of the last year. Blame it on the “clean girl” and “quite luxury” aesthetics, but the affinity for barely there polishes is showing no signs of wavering anytime soon. Latte nails are just the newest iteration of that style with a fresh twist for fall and winter.
Picture the delicious milky goodness inside your coffee cup — that’s the shade you’re going for. “Latte nails are an extension of the coffee craze overtaking the beauty scene,” Abramcyk tells POPSUGAR. The toasted brown hue is a bit lighter than a jet-black espresso color but more pigmented than the milk-bath hue that was everywhere this summer.
The color can hold its own, but for anyone looking to punch it up a bit, it provides a great neutral base for nail art, should you choose to add some. Abramcyk recommends an ombré latte nail look or a french manicure using the latte hue as the tip or the base.