It’s a big trend on Tiktok, Instagram and Pinterest: glazed donut nails. Honestly, I also think it’s a top trend and am happy that this is one of the big nail polish trends 2023!
This nail trend was spotted on Hailey Bieber, but I am sure this trend will become much bigger and we will see it on even more celebs.
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What is the glazed donut nails trend?
What does it really mean, the glazed donut nails? They are very shiny nails, often painted with a light duochromatic nail polish.
You first use a non-opaque nail polish and apply several coats of it. You finish your glazed donut nails with a duochrome topcoat, which creates the special effect.
You work with a pearl effect or a chrome effect. It’s not the same as the mirror nails we already saw, but a little more towards the pearl side.
Lacquering glazed donut nails yourself
What do you need (regular nail polish)
- a good basecoat (I use Gloss ‘n roll from essence)
- a sheer nail polish (one that doesn’t have too much pigment) (I use Libby by Zoya)
- a topcoat that makes your nails dry faster (I use Sèche Vite)
- a duochrome topcoat (Sea Witch by Douglas)
First you apply the basecoat, I prefer to use 2 coats to make sure my nails don’t discolor.
Once the basecoat is dry, start with the sheer nail polish. I had to apply 5 coats of Zoya’s Libby.
Because it was so many layers, I also applied a layer of Sèche Vite in between.
Then I applied a coat of a duochrome nail polish (clear), “Sea Witch” by Douglas.
Finish with a coat of Sèche Vite to let it dry properly, especially if you had to work with many coats like me.
What you need (gel nail polish)
- peel-off basecoat
- sheer gel nail polish
- lamp to harden
- duochrome pigment or chrome pigment
- an applicator to apply the pigment
- alcohol to wipe away the sticky layer of your topcoat
- non-stick topcoat
Glazed donut nails inspiration and examples
This look is the look I have been trying to recreate: a lavender color (lilac nail polish) with a bluish duochrome shine.
These donut nails were made with a holographic nail polish. I am definitely going to try this sometime too, I love holographic nail polish and holographic nail art so much!