In a word, milk bath nails are dreamy. In more words, the nail art trend is an artistic portrayal of one of the most decadent, relaxing beauty treatments one could undergo — the milk bath (which, if you are unfamiliar, involves a mix of milk and water with a spiral of colorful flowers).
If you're wondering what makes up a milk bath nail look, manicurist Elle Gerstein, who has created works for celebrities like Blake Lively, Jennifer Lopez, and Jessica Chastain, breaks it down for us. "Milk bath nails are acrylic nails where colorful dried flowers are embedded into a milky color acrylic," she said. (You can also opt to lean in to the "milky" color and skip the floral element, depending on your personal preference.) Gerstein also explained that creating this look shouldn't take longer than it takes to do a gel. "Depending on [the] length [of your nail] and how fast your tech is, [it could take] about an hour or two," she said.
The nail trend has swept across Instagram as full-set manicures and accent nails. The best part about it is that it looks beautiful on every nail length. If you have no idea where to begin, check out the prettiest examples we could find ahead.