Glazed donut nail art: thé must-try nail art trend

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.

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donut nails

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)

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  • 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.

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base-donut-nails

Once the basecoat is dry, start with the sheer nail polish. I had to apply 5 coats of Zoya’s Libby.

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donut-nails-how-to

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)

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  • peel-off basecoat
  • sheer gel nail polish
  • lamp to harden
  • duochrome pigment or chrome pigment
  • an applicator to apply the pigment
  • topcoat
  • 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!