Bring This Milky Nail Inspo to Your Manicurist

October 17, 2022
Genesis Rivas
By: Genesis Rivas | by L'Oréal
Close up photo of a milky manicure on long, almond-shaped nails.
Okay, serious question: Is it just us or have manicure trends become really elaborate lately? Don’t get us wrong, give us all the rhinestone details and shadow French tips because they’re literally stunning, but let’s not forget that there’s beauty in simplicity (and it’s a hell of a lot easier to DIY). Case in point? Milky nails. 

This creamy white nail trend is proof that a single-colored manicure doesn’t have to be boring. So whether you want to get a full set of milky nails or get experimental (milky French mani, anyone?), you’re sure to find a style that suits you. Ahead, we’ve gathered some of our favorite milky nail inspirations.

Classic Milky Nails

What we love most about milky nails is that they aren’t just regular white. They’re an off-white shade with a beautiful, shiny (almost-creamy) finish. It’s a soft, classic and refreshing twist on your traditionally vibrant white manicure. Achieve a similar finish using Essie Marshmallow.

Milky Meets Marble

Have you seen marble manicures yet? Combine the creamy white finish with mesmerizing swirls for a customized milky manicure that’s absolutely stunning.

Milky French Mani

Spice up your classic French manicure by adding a subtle ombré and a shiny, milk finish. Bonus points if you take a shimmery top coat, like Essie Going Steady, and apply it on top for maximum iridescence. Another one of our favorites is the Essie Expressie FX Iced Out Top Coat.

The Milky Way

This is the milky nail art of our dreams. We love how @nailedbymele created statement clouds on every other finger to create an ethereal manicure.

A Subtle Take

If you’re more of a mani minimalist, you can totally try this trend and tone it down to suit your style. Here, Barron Beauty creates her own variation of milky nails by using a sheer off-white shade.

Make ’Em Matte

While that glossy finish is part of what makes this nail trend so alluring, you can totally make your nails matte and achieve the same milky effect. Just look at this manicure by @nails_and_females. To create this type of look at home, we recommend the Essie Gel Couture Matte Top Coat
Photo Courtesy of: @marzia_baca

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