For a long time, it seemed like there were only two ways to wear neutral polish: As a solid manicure or (if you were feeling fancy) a crisp, classic French. Nowadays, though, there’s a new neutral nail look in town, and we’re all for it.
Allow us to introduce you to assorted chocolate nails. The look is characterized by a variety of neutral brown hues. But unlike, say, iced coffee nails, assorted chocolate manis feature at least three—but typically four to five—different shades of brown and off-white polishes (white chocolate, represent). It’s a delicious nail look popping up all over Instagram. Keep reading to see all the different ways you can wear an assorted chocolate manicure.
Assorted Chocolate Short Nails
Let’s kick things off with the most basic assorted chocolate nail look. This short manicure features five shades of brown polish—specifically, OPI Nail Lacquer ($12) in the shades Cliffside Karaoke, Espresso Your Inner Self, Bonfire Serenade, El Mat-Adoring You, and Samoan Sand.
Assorted Chocolate Half-Moon Nails
Add a chic element to your minimalist assorted chocolate nail look by keeping your cuticles bare with negative space half moons. To make the division between the nude nail and the polish look as crisp as possible, use nail stickers, like the Orly Half Moon Guides ($6).
Assorted Chocolate Squiggle French Tips
If you love rocking French tips, consider swapping your white or colorful tips for shades of brown. This assorted chocolate French manicure is particularly head-turning because it also features a bold matte finish, a sharp square shape, and the popular swirl nail art trend.
Assorted Chocolate Squiggle Nails
Another option is to overlay your assorted chocolate nails with alternate shades of brown. Here, nail artist Brittney Ellen painted squiggles in the color of the preceding nail to create somewhat of an optical illusion. She used Lights Lacquer Nail Polish ($11) in the shades Oat Milk (formerly Aurora), Cappuccino (formerly Thea), and Espresso (formerly Isabella) to create the look.
Assorted Chocolate Daisy Nails
Just because floral nail art ideas are typically crafted in colorful palettes doesn’t mean they can’t also be beautiful in neutrals. This cute daisy-accented assorted chocolate nail look proves it. Best of all, it’s not super difficult to recreate. Simply paint your nails, then use a dotting tool and a different polish color to create the dainty flowers.
Assorted Chocolate Pop Art Nails
Pop art nails have been popping up on Instagram lately. While many of these cartoony manicures feature vibrant shades, they can also wow in shades of brown.
Solid Assorted Chocolate Nails
Here’s another example of solid assorted chocolate nails. Notice this set looks a bit bolder, thanks to longer tips and a darker palette overall.
Assorted Chocolate Mismatched Nails
Assorted chocolate nails can be kitschy and cute, too. This nail look shows how the color palette works beautifully with checkerboard nails and illusion nail art.
Assorted Chocolate Dual-Finish Nails
Dual-finish French tips are also trending. Rather than classic curved detailing, however, this manicure features a blunt, straight-across division between the finishes.
Metallic Assorted Chocolate Nails
If you love a high-shine look, consider swapping your glossy assorted chocolate polishes for metallic finishes. Here, Ellen used Mooncat Getting Even Nail Primer ($13) with Mooncat Nail Polish ($13) in the shades Sand Viper, Bootlegger, Dark Horse, and Whiskey Sunrise. She completed the look with the brand’s Fool’s Gold Topper ($13).