The Best Iterations of the "Glazed Doughnut" Nail Trend

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Go on any social media platform, and there's a 90 percent chance you'll see someone trying the nail trend of the moment: "glazed doughnut" nails. Hailey Bieber revealed in a recent POPSUGAR interview that she first discovered the nail look by accident thanks to her go-to manicurist, Zola Ganzorigt.

"I go through phases where I stick to a theme with my nails for a consistent amount of time," Bieber says. First, it was doing jelly-colored nails, and after that, it was neon polish. Then right before the Met Gala, Ganzorigt suggested setting her sheer pink manicure with a chrome dust powder instead of a normal top coat. "I've done chrome before, but I had never done it with a thin coat of polish before," Bieber says. "As soon as we did it, I was like, 'I'm sticking with this. This is my new phase.'"

If you're wondering where exactly the name stems from, it's simple: the manicure is meant to look like the glazed topping of a doughnut. The "wet look" is created by using traditional chrome powder, typically one thin coat, in either a light or sheer neutral color to give that barely there look to the nail.

Since Bieber's appearance at the Met Gala, glazed-doughnut nails have taken on a life of their own, with everyone from celebrities to nail enthusiasts trying their own iterations of the trend. We've also seen people stray from the typical milky colors and instead use pinks and neons in an effort to give the manicure a bolder finish. Others are combining it with classic nail-art designs like the french manicure.

As you can see, there are numerous ways to wear the glazed-doughnut nail trend. If you'd like some inspiration before giving the look a try for yourself, we've rounded up the best renditions of the manicure to get your creative juices flowing, ahead.

Classic Glazed-Doughnut Nails

Before we take you to some of our favorite renditions, allow us to first introduce you to the "glazed doughnut" nail in its most classic form. The key indicators here are the sheer base coat and luminescent chrome finish.

Neon-Green Glazed-Doughnut Nails

Who better to try a new take on the trend than the original fan of the glazed-doughnut nail herself? As she said she would, Bieber has been playing around with different types of the look. Our favorite? This neon glazed-doughnut manicure she shared on TikTok recently.

Milky Glazed-Doughnut Nails

Vanessa Hudgens also gave glazed-doughnut nails a spin, and her version of the manicure kept her nails a milky, cool-toned white — giving the illusion of pearl nails.

Glazed-Doughnut French Manicure

One way to take your classic french manicure up a notch: combine it with a layer of sheer chrome dust. The result is equally timeless but a little more trend-forward.

Strawberry Glazed-Doughnut Nails

These "strawberry" glazed-doughnut nails kick the traditional manicure up a notch by adding a more pink nail polish as a base instead of a traditional sheer color. The "wet" effect is the same as the normal glazed-doughnut manicure, but with the way that Barbiecore has taken over Hollywood, this manicure feels especially timely.

Ombré Glazed-Doughnut Nails

Addison Rae is the latest celebrity to give glazed-doughnut nails a try, combining the look with another trending design: an ombré french manicure. She then topped off her nails with crystal nail gems in different sizes at the base of each finger.

White Glazed-Doughnut Nails

You'll have to swipe for this one, but it'll be worth it: Khloé Kardashian also kept her version of the nail look a cool-toned white color that matched her earrings on a recent night out. She added some edge to the look by making her nails an extra-long stiletto shape.