Diamond aura nails are a girl’s best friend

The sparkly manicure trend to try

BEAUTYcrew Beauty Editor / February 27 2023

We love a manicure trend, but we love it even more when nail trends meet, fall in love, and have cute nail trend babies. 

Remember the aura nail trend? Well, turns out it’s been involved in an illicit affair with shimmery glazed donut nail polish, and subsequently produced a sparkly love child that’s equal parts glitz, glam and grunge. 

Introducing the diamond aura nail trend.

Coined by Euphoria nail artist Natalie Minerva, the diamond aura manicure’s combination of glitter and chrome distinguish it from the matte and sheen aura nail styles we’ve become accustomed to. 

How to: a diamond aura manicure tutorial

Typically, aura nails are created using an airbrush technique making them a bit difficult to recreate at home. 

Diamond aura nails are actually quite an easy DIY manicure to try at home — just make sure the glitter or chrome nail polish you’re using is transparent. 

1/ Apply a base coat to nails, and allow to dry.

2/ Apply two coats of an opaque base colour, drying in between coats. 

3/ Apply a thin layer of glitter or chrome polish to the centre of the nail and gently blend and diffuse outwards. Alternatively, you can apply a glitter or chrome polish to the rim of the nail and blend inwards — it’s totally up to you!

4/ Apply a top coat, and allow it to dry.

Diamond aura manicure inspiration

Before we commit to a manicure colour scheme we like to do our research, and we assume you do too. 

That’s why we’ve taken the liberty of sharing some of our favourite diamond aura manicures to spark your imagination before you start painting.

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Main image credit: @ritaora

Briar Clark got her start in the media industry in 2017, as an intern for Marie Claire and InStyle. Since then, her keen interest in fashion and beauty has landed her gigs as a Digital Content Producer and Beauty Editor with titles like Girlfriend, Refinery29, BEAUTYcrew and beautyheaven. She loves the way seemingly innocuous topics like skin care and style have the ability to put a smile on people’s faces or make them think about themselves a little differently. A big believer in self love and experimentation, Briar has made a point of becoming the Australian beauty industry’s unofficial guinea pig for unusual treatments and daring hair trends. When she’s not testing out the latest beauty launches, Briar is big on broadening her horizons, mostly in the form of food but she’s also partial to travelling to new destinations both near and far (and of course, allocating an extra bag to bring their best beauty offerings home with her).