Shade: Nearly-sheer, cool white.
Choose it: If you’re torn between shades, Essie’s “Waltz” is an expert favorite because it can be sheer for French manicures, but two coats will give you a taste of the trend without white overkill. Nail artist Julie Kandalec suggests applying a ridge-filling base coat before using a soft touch with this white shade, which is her favorite budget-friendly option. “Apply with more of a gliding, light stroke–almost like floating,” she says. “Let the polish self level, and don’t keep brushing over it or it will streak.” Wise words for any white you choose.