Glazed Donut Nails Are Summer's Sweetest Manicure

Glazed-Donut Nails Are Summer’s Sweetest Manicure

And it's Hailey Bieber–approved. 

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Glazed beauty is having a moment—and the new glazed-donut nails trend is no exception. From frosted ’90s shadow to Hailey Bieber's glazed-donut skin, it seems like we're all trying to replicate the glistening gleam of a Krispy Kreme donut.

The look is currently taking over TikTok for its milky sheer color and glossy finish, similar to that of a glazed donut. Unsurprisingly, the look has been a go-to for Hailey Bieber, who wore her shiny set to the Met Gala back in May and popularized the glazed-donut look with the launch of her skin-care line, Rhode Skin

TikTok recently caught on to Bieber's elevated minimalist mani (the hashtag #glazeddonutnails currently has more than 5 million views) with tutorials flooding the video-sharing app on how to re-create the trend. It's also been recently spotted on the likes of Vanessa Hudgens and Sydney Sweeney.

Bieber's Met Gala look created by celebrity nail artist Zola Ganzorigt


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According to Nick Drewe, a trend forecaster and founder of coupon website WeThrift, the glazed-donut trend is perfect for the make-under, natural vibes of summertime. “Everyone is switching for a more natural-looking nail,” he says. “The same can be said for hair and makeup, with minimalism, natural and toned-down looks being the latest craze. Summer is a time to tone back on heavy glam and embrace a softer, more natural look, as people head on holiday and to festivals and outdoor gatherings in the sun.”

Summer is also the best time for experimenting with nail looks. From bold shades of the best summer nail colors to Y2K-inspired butterfly nail art and jelly nails, there are plenty of mani options to pair with your rooftop cocktail. Glazed-donut nails strike the perfect balance—they're neutral with some extra oomph and perfect for any vibe or venue on your schedule. “The classic and neutral nail is a desired look in the summer season as the nail shade will go with almost any outfit,” Drewe says. “It's no surprise that many are drawn to this nail color as it demonstrates elegance and subtlety.”

Celebrity nail artist Zola Ganzorigt is behind Bieber's glazed-donut sets and used OPI products to achieve the frosted shine. “It was really last minute decision to do glazed-donut nails at the Met Gala, surprisingly," Ganzorigt tells Glamour. "Hailey’s dress was a really pretty YSL satin white dress. We were originally talking about doing just translucent white color, but I asked Hailey to try the chrome effect because it’d match her dress. That’s how we discovered the glazed-donut nail. One thing about Hailey, she always knows what she likes and wants but at the same time always open to explore new things. If you ask any nail artist, that’s our ideal, dream client.”

Bieber at the 2022 Met Gala. 

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According to the brand, Ganzorigt started with a base of OPI GelColor Stay Classic Base Coat, followed by one coat of OPI GelColor in Funny Bunny, a sheer milky white. She then layered on OPI GelColor Stay Shiny Top Coat, followed by the OPI Chrome Effects in Tin Man Can to get a subtle iridescent finish. To seal the look, she topped everything off with another layer of topcoat. 

Another reason why Ganzorigt loves this look? It’s easy to DIY at home. “The most tricky part is putting chrome on the nails. But if you follow the steps on my tutorial video, it’ll be easy. Make sure to cure the top coat properly and if it comes out sticky, wipe it with alcohol throughly until your nail surface gets smooth before rubbing the chrome.” 

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Ready to try the trend for yourself? Shop some glazed-donut nails essentials below. 

OPI GelColor Stay Classic Base Coat

OPI GelColor in Funny Bunny

OPI Chrome Effects in Tin Man Can

OPI GelColor Stay Shiny Top Coat

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail Color

Essie Crystal Clear Intentions

Essie Expressie FX Collection

Glamnetic Stardust Reusable Press-On Nails

Ariana Yaptangco is the senior beauty editor at Glamour. Follow her on Instagram @arianayap.