Discover the trendiest manicure of the season.
If you haven’t heard of glazed donut nails, let’s rewind. Hailey Bieber single-handedly – pun intended – started the viral trend when she wore the manicure for the first time at the 2022 Met Gala. More subtle than full chrome, but with more dimension than a classic cream finish, the effect is really that of a glazed donut. (Imagine a shimmery, shiny finish over a milky white or sheer pink base.) And here’s the big thing: While this look is totally on-trend, it’s actually surprisingly neutral and versatile, something anyone can pull off. , notes the nail Donna Charloff, director of service operations at MiniLuxe. Likewise, while it’s particularly flattering on longer almond-shaped nails, it works well on all nail lengths and shapes.
To achieve the iridescent shine, Bieber’s manicurist used a professional powder coat topper with a chrome finish. And indeed, the glazed effect can be used by mixing several different varnishes and/or powders. But for all the lazy people (no shame in the minimalist game), there are also standalone shades that make it easy to achieve the look with just one bottle.
Ahead, nine of the best nail polishes that will help you score glazed donut nails at home (no celebrity manicures required).
Expressie FX Iced Out Nail Polish
Use this holographic pearl shade on its own for a more muted end result. Or, layer it over any nude polish instead of top coat to add a more dimensional glossy finish. Either way, you’ll appreciate that the unique brush can be angled for easy application, even with your non-dominant hand.
To buy: $10, ulta.com
Nails. INC What the Shell Pearl Effect Nail Polish
Those who love the look of a barely there mani will love this aptly named shade that actually evokes pearls in the best possible way. Top Tip: It also looks gorgeous painted on the toes.
To buy: $11, www.revolv.com
OPI nail polish in Chiffon-d of You
Bieber’s manicure uses products from that brand’s professional line to create the star’s signature manicure, but this polish is also an option. It’s slightly shinier than some others, with a variety of dimensional nude shades that make it a good choice for those who really want their glazed donut nails to stand out.
To buy: $11, ulta.com
Nailtopia Herbal Nail Polish in Doing Great Sweetie
This color is quite light, which makes it a good option if you just want to try a very minimalist take on the trend. To amp up the effect, apply a few coats or paint over a creamy white color. Bonus points for the fact that the formula is infused with tons of good-for-your-nails ingredients that will help strengthen your tips.
To buy: $10, ulta.com
Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail Polish in Fluer-t
The original glazed donut effect can skew either more pink or more creamy white; if you prefer the latter, this drugstore polish is the choice. It’s slightly more opaque, but has that all-important glossy finish. It’s also infused with argan oil to help keep nails beautiful and hydrated.
To buy: $7, target.com
Orly Poles in the worries of snow
On the other hand, if you want to go for a pinker option, this peachy and pink shade is gorgeous, infused with just the right amount of silver shimmer. We also love that it’s 12-free, as well as vegan and cruelty-free.
To buy: $11, orlybeauty.com
Zoya nail polish in Leia
Another iridescent shade, this one’s sheer base makes it extremely versatile. Use two to three coats on its own, or layer one over your favorite cream nude shade to slightly modify the effect.
To buy: $12, zoya.com
Olive and June Nail Polish in Pink Goldfish
This pick is a shimmery, shimmery pale pink that flatters a wide range of skin tones. It doesn’t hurt that it also has a high gloss finish, which further enhances that sparkly look.
To buy: $9, oliveandjune.com
Dazzle Dry Nail Polish in Mesmerize
Chocolate glazed donut nails are the perfect fall take on the trend, with brown hues rather than nude. It can be achieved by layering any of the more transparent holographic colors on this list over a creamy brown, or you can try this polish; the subtle coppery brown color features multi-toned highlights. The formula is particularly durable and designed to resist breakouts for weeks. Plus, you don’t need to use a base coat, which saves a lot of time.
To buy: $22, dazzledry.com
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