Milky Nails: The Red Carpet-Nail Trend With 227M TikTok Views


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Our eyes are constantly glued to the freshly manicured tips on the red carpet, and we’re usually itching to recreate them ourselves. Thankfully, the hottest manicure of the moment decided to keep it simple with an easy-to-copy, and even easier-on-the-budget nail trend (#Grateful). Introducing milky nails – the DIY-able nail trend that’s not only celeb-approved but blew up on TikTok with 227 million views (and counting). Here’s everything you need to know about this creamy mani, including how to recreate it for just $8 – don’t say we don’t spoil you!

The Trend

Chances are you’re out there thinking, “Ummm, milky nails?” Well, we can think of no better person to clue you in than the queen of sheer-nude manicures herself, Hailey Bieber. Her dainty tips at the MET looked like they were dipped in milk (hence: milky nails) with a translucent white and pearlescent finish. And she wasn’t the only one, recently Kylie Jenner, Jodie-Turner Smith, and Harry Styles have all experimented with milky nails in their own way, and we love the versatility of them.

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As you can see, the look is off-the-charts on the chicness scale. But it scores points for wearability too, thanks to a translucent finish that makes it hard to see any chipping or smudging. DIY nail queens will appreciate the trend too because it uses white polish that’s less likely to stain your nails (when compared to richer, more pigmented colors). But what makes it a winning manicure is how versatile this creamy white base is – there’s legit no look, color palette, or nail shape that clashes with the trend!

Did we mention it doesn’t require a lot of concentration, precision, or even a nail tech to perfect? Two coats of a sheer white polish like the OPI Nail Lacquer, $11, in shade Funny Bunny, followed by a shiny top coat for a glossy finish, and et voila – neutrals taken to new heights. Alternatively, reinvent your nude manicures with a few coats of OPI Xbox Nail Lacquer, $11, in shade Quest for Quartz.

@yodeebs love a good milky white situation ✨ #CleanTok #VisionBoard #JobLife #foryoupage #fyp ♬ turning page cover harp glointhadark – glo¨̮

If you’re more of a press-on girl, try the KISS Salon Acrylic Nude French Nails, $8, in shade Graceful, to instantly hop on the bandwagon. For just $8, you get a set of 28 nails, glue, a manicure stick to push back your cuticles, and a nail file to shape as per your liking. Now that’s getting your money’s worth.

@scottch.d Whose a stiletto fan? #stilettonails #longnails #fyp #foryoupage #milky #nailvideos ♬ Fantasy – Mariah Carey

Now you know all the deets, get ready for some major inspo including some more embellished options if that’s more your vibe.

@heyy.truth milky whiteeee#nailtutorial #fyp #nails #nailtech #nailtiktok #tiktok #foryoupage #atlnailtech ♬ Make His Pockets Hurt – Lil Kayla

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