Melted Ice Cream Nails Make the Sweetest Manicures

August 25, 2020
Samantha Holender
By: Samantha Holender | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
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Nothing puts us in a summer state of mind quite like an ice cream cone, with sprinkles to boot. But pair your vanilla sundae with extreme summer heat and your sweet snack is bound to start melting. Thankfully, the Instagram beauty community has found a way for us to enjoy the sweetness of a cone sans the messy aftermath. Enter dripping ice cream nail art, which has completely taken over our Instagram feeds. Want some melted ice cream manicure inspo? Keep reading, because we’re rounding up dripping sundae nails that look so good, you’ll still want to take a bite.

Have Your Ice Cream and Eat It Too

We’ll get to the nail art in a second, but can we please all take a moment to appreciate the makeup brush ice cream cone? It’s everything we didn’t even know we needed. And the nails don’t disappoint either. From the pink gradient polish choice and the dripping ice cream detail to the cone graphic, we love everything about this look.

Sugar and Spice

If you want to rock this trend but aren’t one to embrace bright shades or summer-y pastels, don’t worry, we have you covered. This look skips the whole ice cream cone thing altogether and just gives a shout out to the melting dessert. The black polish and holographic accent nails are perfect if you don’t want a mani that’s too frilly.

Heating Things Up

Not sure about you, but we always go for two scoops. Two flavors are better than one, right? If you want to play around with a few nail polish colors, take some inspo from this look. The nails range from high-shine to matte and mint green to berry purple, but feel free to make the pattern your own. 


Sprinkles On Top

Rainbow sprinkles are a must-have topping on any ice cream sundae, so obviously we have to have them on our mani, too. We’re loving the 3D accents, but you can also use a small detail brush to paint on some sprinkles.

Strawberry Shortcake

If you’re one to choose refreshing fruity flavors over rich chocolate ones, match your taste buds to your manicure with this strawberry sundae-inspired manicure.

Cone or Cup?

While getting your dessert served up in a cup might be less messy in the summer heat, you can still get your ice-cream-cone fix by rocking this melted ice cream manicure. Just criss-cross two shades of brown to create a waffle texture and top it off with an ice cream shade of your choice.
Photo: Ali Dangel

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