If you've been on TikTok or Instagram anytime this past few weeks, you've most likely already heard about the now iconic Hailey Bieber chrome nails trend. It seems like everyone and their mother ran to the nail salon the second the model revealed how she achieves a shiny and elegant color. But now, the trend has received an upgrade. Here's how the chrome nails have connected with another popular trend - the french manicure.
The summer's most popular nail color is achieved by rubbing chrome powder over a sheer beige gel lacquer, giving a glazed donut-esque effect. We guess Hailey's skin isn't the only thing she loves to have shiny and glowy! "It gave a surreal, wet-metallic finish to her nude nails," explained nail artist and Essie's Global Lead Educator Rita Remark. "This led to many adding this ultra-luxe effect to their favorite colors and has even been trending when paired with green and pink hues."
And now, celebrity nail artist Queenie Nguyen has taken it to a whole new level by incorporating the shimmery metallic tone onto french nails. "Given how chic the viral glazed-doughnut nail trend is, I wanted to combine it with a timeless french manicure to create a modernized version of french tips," she revealed to POPSUGAR. "My ultimate goal was to create another wearable look that is subtle and works great for all skin tones and nail lengths." And it's already catching on: recently, Tiktok star Addison Rae has been seeing rocking this design!
If you, too, wanna hop on this bandwagon, Nguyen graciously shared all her tips and tricks. First, apply a base coat, and then it's time to apply the classic white french line at the end of your nails. The nail artist advises doing "deep, visible french tips" instead of a small line, but of course, each person has their own preference. Then after waiting for it to half dry, to the point where the polish is somewhat sticky, it's time to get the chrome color on. Using a sponge-tip applicator, gently place a chrome nail powder on the nails. Nguyen recommends the OPI's Chrome Effects Nail Powder in Tin Man Can. (Thank us later!)