A chic hue for any occasion.
Jennifer Lopez is known for many things—her impeccable fashion sense, phenomenal singing skills, uncanny ability to never age—but following her recent wedding to Ben Affleck, she’s now a nail trendsetter.
Lopez took a classic nail trend—the French manicure—and added her own modification for a fresh, yet timeless look being dubbed “milky nails.” The final look, done by her longtime nail stylist Tom Bachik, was a soft, almond-shaped nail painted with an opaque, milky-white finish.
Now, let’s talk about milky nails. To be honest, it’s not too far from the glazed donut nails that are also trending on TikTok. “The milky nails look falls in between an opaque and a sheer white hue, with a creamy, translucent finish,” says Rachel Apfel Glass, founder of GLOSSLAB. “This color is the perfect neutral that isn’t as bright as a […] sharp white, giving a very naturally chic look that is perfect for any season.”
Although J.Lo opted for this trend for her wedding, it doesn’t need to be reserved for special occasions. Milky nails have been popularized in so many different ways, that they can now be worn all day. To create new looks, nail polish enthusiasts have added elaborate designs such as pastels and flowers to their nails. “The beauty of milky white nails is that it’s gorgeous on people of all skin tones, and it is flattering on any nail shape or length,” Glass says.
How to Get Milky White Nails at Home
For your very own DIY glass nails, you have to start with the right polishes in your collection. And don’t skip out on the base coat, which makes all the difference, says celebrity nail artist Gina Edwards.
“This look is definitely achievable at home if you don’t have the time to go to a salon,” She says. “For a creamy, marshmallow look, opt for a soft white polish and a creamier white color. When the two interact, it will give that creamy, milky look. (You can also use baby pink.) Start with one coat of the solid and add two coats of a semi-sheer polish,” She elaborates. And don’t forget the base coat. “The base coat will add a protective barrier between the natural nail and the polish,” She continues.
Best Milky White Nail Polish
To try the milky nails trend, opt for one of the nail polishes below.
GLOSSLAB OG Cotton
This option is a great base color to achieve milky nails because it’s “not-quite-white” with a semi-sheer finish that suits every nail type and shape. Double coats are recommended for milky effects. For a light shade apply one coat.
To buy: $10, shop.glosslab.com.
786 Cosmetics Lisbon
The milky nails trend can also work with variations of light pink, and this baby pink polish called “Lisbon” is the perfect fit. The sheer pink polish was inspired by the Portuguese city known for its pastel-toned buildings. It is quick-drying as well.
To buy: $13, amazon.com.
LeChat Dare to Wear Sheer Bliss
This polish is a perfect sheer nude shade that can be applied directly to your nails. You can apply 1 to 3 coats depending on how sheer you like it. If you want to follow in Tom Bachik’s footsteps, mix LeChat Dare to Wear Awakening with your favorite sheer pink for a creamy, milky color that will blend flawlessly without having to add a clear coat.
To buy: $6; lechatnails.com.
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