Model and beauty brand founder Hailey Bieber took “glazed donut skin” viral after introducing the concept in 2021, and now her “glazed donut nails” have become the latest fashion-inspired trend. The star appeared at the Met Gala in May with minimal makeup and glossy, transparent white nails – the so-called glazed donut nails – by Los Angeles-based nail artist Zola Ganzorigt, which have become one of the biggest nail trends of the year. .
Bieber first introduced glazed donut skin into the beauty vernacular after telling Harper’s Bazaar that her skincare routine was all about looking like a glazed donut before bed. Since then, she launched Rhode, a new skincare line focused on supporting the skin barrier and delivering smooth, shiny results that look like a freshly glazed donut.
With glazed donut nails as the latest craze, we spoke to Ganzorigt about how to recreate the trend at home.
Like glazed donut skin, glazed donut nails mimic the treat they are named after – specifically the smooth, smooth layer of frosting that covers the donut. Bieber’s original glazed donut nails were also covered in a clear coat of OPI gel color in Funny Bunny polish topped with OPI chrome effects in Tin Man Can for a shiny, shimmery effect.
“As it’s really neutral, minimalistic and chic, I can definitely see these nails will be there,” says Ganzorigt.
The nail artist also created several variations of the original pure white look, including neon chrome and lavender chrome, but she currently loves the pink iteration. “My current favorite is the strawberry glazed donut nails, which are the sheer pink version,” Ganzorigt shares.
The products Ganzorigt used to create Bieber’s manicure (which she shared in a tutorial on TikTok) are only sold to professional nail technicians, but she says it’s easy to recreate the look at home with standard varnish. Ahead, the nail artist tells us how to do your own glazed donut nail manicure, and we look at alternative methods the internet loves.
Nail preparation involves cleaning the nails of old nail polish and dirt, as well as trimming and shaping the nails. Prepping your nail bed will help the polish last longer and also bring you one step closer to a salon-worthy manicure.
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Remove any old nail polish with an acetone-based nail polish remover and trim and file your nails to the desired shape. Once you are done grooming the nails and cuticles, just before you start applying polish, you will also want to wipe the nails with acetone or rubbing alcohol to make sure the nails are free of any oil that may interfere with the quality of the varnish. the varnish sticks with the nails.
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If needed, dip fingers in warm water to soften cuticles or use cuticle remover (Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover is an editors favorite) to help push back cuticles with a cuticle pusher and carefully trim excess skin with cuticle nippers.
A base coat protects the nail from color polish stains and will help extend the life of your manicure.
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Ganzorigt recommends OPI Natural Nail Base Coat. Apply a thin layer then follow with your color polish.
To achieve the creamy yet sheer glazed look, start with a thin coat of white, pale pink, or nude nail polish.
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For the sheer, creamy glazed donut look, Ganzorigt says to start with a thin coat of white polish, like the OPI nail polish in “Funny Bunny” — the same shade she uses for Bieber’s gel manicure but in an ordinary polish formula.
For the shiny, shimmery finish, Ganzorigt advises mixing a pale pearlescent polish with a clear topcoat.
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According to Ganzorigt, the key to recreating the look with regular nail polish is OPI’s nail polish in “Kyoto Pearl.” The pearly white shade gives the same shimmering effect as the chrome powder and gel combo in Bieber’s original manicure. To nail the look (pun intended), Ganzorigt says to mix “Kyoto Pearl” polish with a clear top coat to get the sheer effect. “If the color isn’t sheer enough, mix it with a clear topcoat to thin the polish,” she says.
To finish the manicure, paint over a chip resistant top coat for long lasting wear. Take the same top coat you used to mix with the Kyoto Pearl (be sure to wipe the brush or use a clean one after mixing the polishes) and apply a thin layer to your nails.
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Ganzorigt recommends OPI topcoat for glossy, chip-resistant wear.
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This TikToker starts with the Essie Smooth-E Basecoat, which is a ridge-filling basecoat that will give a smooth, even surface for the color polish.
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For the first coat of color polish, they use Olive & June nail polish in “BEB,” a sheer white shade.
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Next, they add a shimmering layer with Essie’s “Iced Out” iridescent frosted shade of Essie’s quick-dry top coat.
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On top of the shimmer layer, add a clear coat of Essie Gel Couture nail polish in “Sheer Fantasy”, which is a long-wearing formula but not a real gel polish.
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To seal the glazed donut manicure, finish it off with the internet’s favorite Glisten & Glow Top Coat.
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Anastasia Totty, Nail Educator at LeChat, says, “To create this look at home, your best bet is to use a light white or nude nail polish.” An alternative to the oft-sold out gel polishes and chrome powder that Ganzorigt has made viral, Totty recommends LeChat Perfect Match Gel Polish in “Awakening” Cream or “Babydoll” Pale Pink.
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For the glossy “glazed” effect, the nail artist loves LeChat Perfect Match Gel Polish in opalescent “Unicorn Tears”. so you can create the look at home with gel or a traditional manicure. “You can also use pastel polish colors to add a bit more color to your manicure, which will be muted a bit by the pearlescent ‘donut glaze’,” she adds. .
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For an even simpler alternative, this TikToker used Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail Polish in the “Flower-T” shade. Pearly white polish gives the signature pale shimmer of the icy nail trend.