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Why everyone is obsessing over the lacquered finish of the ‘Glass Nails’ trend

Glass nails, glazed nails, ombre chrome nails. Every day we uncover a new, more glossy finish for our cuticles to follow suit. The latest in the game? A fleet of iridescent, holographic looks that reflectively glitter in the sun. There are many ways to style a reflective nail, but none have matched the range of the glass nail. Dressed up with exaggerated shapes or resembling a glossier but neutral natural nail, the versatility of the transformative glass nail remains unmatched. Below, we take you through the latest trend's evolution and where you can replicate it.


What is the Glass Nails trend?

The glass nails trend is an organic progression of Hailey Bieber's glazed donut nail formula. Originally hailing from Korea, there is a technique to perfecting the glass nail that belies its natural front. The glass nail requires the two-hander of chrome and a very generous helping of apex gel for the glossy, reflective finish. It is more pared back than a classic chrome. As the name would suggest, the light reflecting off your manicure should reflect glass, not a metallic finish.


How do you perfect your own Glass Nails manicure?

Well, you don't. If you'd like to try your hand at home, we'd recommend layering your base with apex clear gel, chrome, and a finish coat to get the look. If you're after a place that can recreate your glass nail inspiration, then take this list of our favourite nail salons in Sydney. In the case that you're after a more moody tone to bring to the salon chair, here's our trend report of velvet nail trend.


What are some examples of Glass Nails?

Dress it up, down, however you please. There are iterations that are almond-shaped, studded with stones and some that are buffed neat to the root. For your viewing pleasure, take a look at our roundup of favourite styles.



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