Move over, glazed donut nails – there’s a fresh viral manicure trend in town. Embracing a minimalist aesthetic, lip gloss nails are the go-to choice for those who adore clean and understated elegance. This look celebrates the beauty of simplicity. It’s a contemporary twist on the timeless pink manicure, tailored perfectly for your everyday style. It even has celebs like Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, Kylie Jenner, Hailey Bieber, and more obsessed.
If you’re keen on replicating this ultra-glossy manicure right from the comfort of your home, you’ve landed in the right spot. Keep scrolling for a comprehensive guide, featuring step-by-step instructions and the must-have products to achieve this glossy masterpiece.
ICYMI: Lip gloss nails are a fancy way of describing those super high-shine, almost jelly-like nails that mimic the appearance of glossy lips. Typically, they are a sheer, pinkish, or brown-toned hue most similar to the color of your nail beds, topped with a layer or two of some clear polish to create that ultra-juicy effect.
And sometimes, the look can even be as simple as a few layers of clear topcoat on bare nails. In turn, the result is an almost jelly-like finish that mimics the look of clear lip gloss on bare lips.
Just like a jelly lip gloss would add a touch of color (and a whole lot of shine) to your lips, so does this nail trend. To prep your DIY mani, it pays off to give your natural nails some TLC. Start with Deborah Lippmann’sexfoliating cuticle oil to make it easier to clean around your nail beds. From there, take some time to clip andfile your nails to your desired shape. The best thing about this minimal nail style is the fact that it looks good with any nail shape or length. Once your nails are looking healthy and manicured, apply your base coat of choice to ensure the longevity of your at-home manicure.
The trick to lip gloss nails revolves around finding the right shade of pink. When shopping, search for light shades that have a sheer or jelly-like finish. We discovered quite a few that fit the bill. Try Essie’s Hi Maintenance, Chanel’s Ballerina, and Londontown’s Veil 4. Once you apply two to three coats of color, finish off with a high-shine top coat.
When it comes to lip gloss nails, not only are they all things minimal, chic, elevated, understated, and timeless — the exaggerated glossy finish is also playfully fresh and eye-catching. But it’s also incredibly easy for anyone to replicate at home.