There’s a lot to love about opaque white nail polish, whether it’s worn as a solid, all-over color or just on the free edge à la the classic French manicure — but sometimes you want something a little softer, subtler, and sheerer. For those times and occasions, milky white nails can be a wonderful choice.
This elegant nail trend recently appeared on the runway during New York Fashion Week’s Fall/Winter 2022 shows, and it’s been taking over TikTok: As of today, the hashtag #milkynailsThere have been over 4.3 Million videos showcasing different styles of sheers. Brittany BoyceFounding Father of Nails of LAThe transparent version of the classic white manicure can be described as an alternative to the starker white. It is similar to the fashionable jelly look but without bright colors. “Milky white is pretty as a stand-alone all-over color, especially on long, almond-shaped nails,”Boyce: “It’s still giving you that very minimal vibe.”
The sheer shade is great for creating a minimalist, natural looking mani. This color can be used to create cool nails designs. “Normally, we’ll do a milky neutral as a base, but a milky white can help other colors pop even more,” Boyce explains. “For abstract looks, it can be cool when paired with a stark white for that monochrome look.”
Boyce uses a customized mixture of white and clear gel for the desired sheered-out look. You can do this at home using any clear nail varnish with a thick topcoat. This is not the time to DIY. Keep it simple (it’s the theme here if you haven’t noticed) with a pre-mixed sheer white shade, like Orly’s Breathable Light as a FeatherOr Jin Soon’s Dew polishes. Now you know what products to use for the desired look. See 15 designs of milky white nails to get inspired for your next minimalist chick creation.