‘Milky nails’ are Hollywood's favourite manicure trend

Cloudy claws for the win

August 19 2021

If you’re partial to an understated neutral manicure that's not nude (but are over stark white that looks a little too much like when you'd paint wite-out on as polish in class), we have a nail trend you’ll definitely want to hear about.

Because while we love bold tie dye nails and seashell-inspired designs as much as the next nail art superfan, it's nice to know there's a classic single shade look that's every bit as on-trend, just way easier to create.

Meet ‘milky nails’, the nail trend proving just as popular (and long-standing) in Hollywood as it is on the 'gram.

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Gorgeous, right? We’re loving it as a new interpretation of the OG white mani; still crisp and clean, just a little more modern thanks to the cloudy finish. As you can see, the look features white polish with a slightly translucent appearance – pretty much what a glass of milk looks like, but on your nails.

It's a blessing in many areas, too; not only is it super pretty (and celeb-approved; more on that in a minute), but as with anything, the lower the opaqueness levels, the harder it is to tell if there are chips/smudges/anything that would count as a nail lover's nightmare. So while it's off-the-charts high on the chicness scale, the milky manicure will actually prove to be surprisingly low maintenance.

So, if you’re keen to copy the vibe, try a sheer white nail polish like OPI’s Funny Bunny ($19.95 at Myer), and give your nails that hyper-glossy finish by capping them off with a shiny topcoat like Revlon's Ultimate Shine Top Coat ($13.49 at Chemist Warehouse).

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Still on the fence re: embracing a cloudy forecast for your claws? Allow the Jenner sisters to convince you.

The way we see it, the fact that both Kendall and Kylie Jenner have rocked cloudy cream manicures serves as the ultimate endorsement – it means the milky nail trend is both trendy enough for Kylie (who likes to keep up with every new nail trend) and timeless enough for Kendall (who prefers to keep things a little more classic). Sounds like the perfect storm to us.

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Another celeb who's rocked a milky manicure lately? Hailey Bieber, who showed off her chalky tips via Instagram Stories (with both a selfie and a mani close-up alongside the ultimate prop; the humble Dunkin' Donuts cup never looked so chic).

Bieber chose to wear her milky finish a little sheerer, letting her natural nails peek through ever so slightly while still embracing the coveted cloudy aesthetic.

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