Hailey Bieber's Glazed Donut Nails Are All Over TikTok — Here's How to Get Them
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With the launch of her beauty brand, Rhode, Hailey Bieber has been all about the "glazed donut" look — which applies both to her glowing skin and the shimmering, pale-white manicure she's been wearing constantly.
The dewy, frosted look is so perfect for the sultry days of summer that it's spawned a viral trend on TikTok; a quick scroll through #haileybiebernails reveals countless DIY ways to get your own glazed donut manicure at home and at the salon. Vanessa Hudgens and Sydney Sweeney are fans of the look, which is neutral enough to be worn anywhere but glamorous enough for a special occasion.
Nail artist Sonya Belakhlef, who works with celebrities such as Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Mary J. Blige, and Maggie Gyllenhaal, isn't surprised that glazed donut nails are trending; similar looks have been seen backstage at shoots. "Everything comes back around," Belakhlef says of the style that harkens back to the frosty shades of the 1980s and the mod-inspired, futuristic hues of the late 1990s and early 2000s. "Retro advertisements are definitely making appearances on mood boards on set. Cutex, Clairol, Max Factor, to name a few, all have iconic frosted-nail ads."
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Bieber's nail artist Zola has shared the exact products she uses to give Hailey the glazed, glitter look. In a video for OPI, Zola revealed that she uses the brand's GelColor in Funny Bunny, a soft white, follows with a topcoat, and then applies Tin Man Can Chrome Effect to the nail for that frosted finish. (The chrome powder is only available in salons.)
If you don't want to visit a salon and don't want to apply gel polish at home, no worries. "While Hailey's look is traditionally achieved using gel and a chrome powder, you can absolutely get it using polish too," says nail artist Steph Stone. "First, paint one coat of a milky sheer polish like Essie Sheer Fantasy. Then apply one coat of Essie's Expressie FX in Iced Out," Follow that up with one more layer of Sheer Fantasy, and finish it off with a glossy topcoat. "This will create a subtle, pearlescent effect, achieving the glazed donut look."
Belakhlef recommends layering two coats of Orly's Kiss Me I'm Kind, a milky pale pink, with one coat of Orly's Snow Worries, a pale shimmering pink. They also recommend Orly's Crystal Healing, a sheer white lilac shimmer that can be worn on its own or layered with your favorite pale shades for that glazed look.
Pale, shimmery shades can be difficult to apply even if you've been doing your own nails for years. They can be streaky and patchy, so to combat any potential issues, take your time when applying your chosen shades. "Take it slow and don't overwork the polish," Belakhlef advises. "Try and coat your nail with the least amount of strokes possible." Stone concurs. "Sandwiching the pearl effect in between the sheer gives it the super subtle look while also masking any inconsistencies in the shimmer application," she says.
With a little patience and the right suite of products, you can channel your inner Hailey Bieber with a glazed donut mani of your own.
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