The summer season is one we won’t forget. It’s possible to spend days on the coast. Though some will have to wait for the weather to warm up again next year, there’s one summer favorite you don’t have to let go of: Jelly nails. It’s easy to make the transition from summer to fall with this nail trend.
“Jelly nails are nostalgic and were inspired by jelly sandals from the 90’s, which were a staple for kids that grew up in that decade,”These are some of the things we believe in Lilly Rojas, co-founder of New York City’s first indoor/outdoor nail salon, Lili and Cata. “Jelly nails remain in style because they simply spark joy! They remind us of those playful, stress-free days as a child. Plus, anything 90’s is back with a bang! The translucent, glass-like nail trend is easy to create and it’s a great base for nail art.”
Your hands will have a jelly nail, which is basically glass skin. The transparent name of jelly nails is because it’s made from glass. It is possible to have transparent or translucent jelly nails. “This trend is making a comeback right now during a time of the ‘illusion of effortless,’”These are some of the things we believe in Steph StoneEssie’s celebrity hairdresser, Hailey Bieber and Miley Cyrus among others. “Jelly nails look a little more casual than full coverage opaque nail polish. Even though it has a comparable amount of steps to a regular manicure, it really sends the message of ‘oh this old thing? I just threw it on.’ As far as a nail look is concerned, it actually is a more simple look to achieve by comparison to other forms of art! It is something everyone can try at home.”
Another reason jelly nails are still going strong is you don’t need perfect tips to get the look. “They look good on any nail shape, so don’t think you need extensions to try the trend,” Rojas says. It’s easy to transition jelly nails from summer time to fall. “Jelly nails can be done with any color, so for fall we’ll see deeper hues,” Rojas adds. “Think anything that gives you a cozy sweater weather feel: browns, forest green, burnt orange, midnight blue and dark reds. Neutrals like creams, beiges, sheer or milky whites and gray tones will also be trending for fall.”It JINsoon Fall Pottery CollectionMany fall-ready colors are available. Green ClayA sultry oil is a product that can be used to make lubricants for your skin. Earth Clay– The perfect neutral that you can wear with anything. Join the trend for brown! OPI’s Brown to Earth.
However, there’s no need to stick to traditional autumnal hues, since these days it’s all about mixing it up. “What we’re really seeing happen in beauty right now is that anything goes,”Stone: “You can play, be more adventurous and don’t need to stick with safe seasonal colors. People are really starting to gravitate towards what resonates with them rather than what’s ‘on trend’ right now. Essie’s Fall Off The Grid collection even has a bright turquoise called “Transcend the Trend” for those who don’t want to go for more subdued colors this season!”
Even though the design is considered nail art, jelly nails can be worn. “Fall variations of jelly nails will include fun tortoiseshell designs and animal prints,” Rojas says. “We’ll also continue to see jelly nails in deeper hues mixed with sparkles or chrome designs.”
Twofer trends are a fantastic way to elevate your style. “We’re going to start seeing a hybrid of the jelly and glazed donut,”Stone: “Should we call it the jelly glazed donut? Back in the day we would call this a ‘jelly sandwich,’ which you can achieve by painting one coat of sheer, one layer of chrome or glitter, and then another layer of jelly, giving it sort of a milky chrome effect.”
Because jelly nails make it so easy to do a DIY manicure, making it simple is very possible. “Jelly nails are accomplished by mixing an opaque nail polish with a sheer base coat to create a more translucent version of your color,”Stone: “You can do this on a piece of foil or in a tiny glass cup to mix. You will choose your mixing ratio based on how opaque your color is and how sheer you want it to become but I generally do a mixture of three to five drops of clear to one drop of color. The most important thing about accomplishing jelly nails with regular polish is making sure you choose a pretty runny base coat to mix your polish with. For mixing I love Essie Here to Stay base coat. If you use a fast dry top coat to mix your polish it will dry too fast while painting it and likely chip earlier than you’d like.” Follow Stone’s steps for a DIY jelly nails mani:
Step 1. Mix 3 to 5 drops of clear and 1 drop color onto a piece of foil. You can adjust the mixture as necessary until you achieve your desired sheerness.
Step 2: Apply your usual nail polish. You can apply thin layers to avoid any spillage or goopiness on your cuticle. Apply a second coat to achieve a smooth and glossy appearance.
Step 3: Use a topcoat on your nail to make it shine even more and protect against chipping.
If mixing feels a little intimidating—or you just want to save that big step—you can cheat by opting for a sheer polish that has just the right tint to nab jelly nails. True to its name Dior Nail GlazeYou can achieve a French manicure effect with just one application. Orly offers shades made with jelly nails in mind. Ray of SunshineA stunning example of saffron PoolsideA popof hot pink WavesA bright, vivid blue. When you want just a wash of color, Morgan Taylor’s Simple SheerIt will give your nails a bigger look and better mood.
Ultimately, it’s all about choosing the hue that works for you. “The jelly nail trend—like most nail trends—is fun so don’t be shy with it!” Rojas says. “You should have fun with the colors and nail art you choose because it shows off your personality.”