'Naked disco nails' have arrived to liven up nude manicures

And we have Selena Gomez to thank

Editor / February 03 2023

Nude nails don't generally scream exciting. They're literally designed to look like you're wearing nothing. And they're chic, don't get us wrong, but we always find ourselves wanting a little more.

If only there were a nail trend that didn't rely on crazy colours or busy prints but still made a statement... Oh wait, there is. And it's already been approved by the A-List.

What is the 'naked disco' nail trend?

A term coined by Allure, the trend ties together the statement and subtle manicure categories, allowing neutral tones and glitzy designs to peacefully (and stunningly) coexist. Take Selena Gomez's glitter-topped nude nails, for instance. A wash of shimmery taupe polish would be pretty on its own, but add a layer of sparkle and you're really talking.

Celebrity manicurist Tom Bachik broke down how he created the look via his Instagram: "i applied 2 thin coats of #ApresGelColour in #ForgottenFilmNext I added a coat of non-wipe glossy gel #TopCoat and statically placed a fine glitter and @swarovski pixie dust to give a bit of sparkle and dimension ✨🧚‍♀️," he wrote.

While we may not be able to get our hands on (or covered in) Swarovski crystals per se, we will be adding a few glitzy polishes to cart to replicate Gomez's glittery look.


How to wear the 'naked disco' nail trend

Gomez isn't the only celeb to have sampled the look, either. Camila Cabello, Jennifer Lopez and Margot Robbie have all tried a take on the trend. They all did things a little differently, too, proving just how versatile it is!

Cabello went for sparkly silver stripes down the centre of each nail, Lopez added glistening chrome French tips, and Robbie went with an all-over sheer pearlescent polish. Glitzy but still subtle.




How to create your own 'naked disco' manicure

On top of a nail art tool or toothpick if you want to try stripes or tips, all you really need to get into the 'naked disco' game is a selection of nude, pearlescent, glittery and shimmery polish shades, depending on the design you're aiming for. Here are a few of our faves...

Dior Vernis Top Coat in Cosmic ($45 at Myer), Smith & Cult Nail Polish in Unscene ($32 at Adore Beauty), Mavala Switzerland So Future Nail Color in Golden Clash ($8.95 at Mavala Switzerland)

Dior Vernis Top Coat in Cosmic

Smith & Cult Nail Polish in Unscene

Mavala Nail Color in Golden Clash

Main image credit: Getty Images

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Delaney began her career in the Australian beauty media industry in 2015, landing amidst the glossy world of women’s lifestyle magazines (or more literally, in their beauty cupboards). Since then, she has gone on to write across a multitude of beloved Australian media brands, including OK!, NW, InStyle, and Harper’s BAZAAR. She’s covered every side of beauty content, from directing beauty editorial shoots to rounding up the best glossy serums for golden hour skin. Having spent nearly a decade immersed in the beauty realm, Delaney’s knowledge of beauty is as extensive as her collection of tinted lip oils (read: extremely extensive). Delaney is currently the Digital Managing Editor of BEAUTYcrew, and her beauty wisdom also appears across beautyheaven, ELLE and Marie Claire. She enjoys channelling her personal hobby (testing beauty products) into her professional work (talking about testing beauty products), and considers perfecting the art of a cat eye in a moving car her life’s greatest accomplishment.

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