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9 Nail Polishes to Create Glazed Donut Nails

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Let’s take a step back if you haven’t heard of glazed donut nails. When Hailey Bieber first wore the manicure at the 2022 Met Gala, she single-handedly—pun intended—started the viral trend. The effect is truly that of a glazed donut, more subtle than full-on chrome but with more dimension than a classic cream finish. (Imagine a gleaming, shimmery finish over a milky white or sheer pink base.) And here’s the best part: despite being totally trendy, this look is actually surprisingly neutral and versatile, making it something that anyone can pull off, according to nail expert Donna Charloff, Director of Service Operations at MiniLuxe. Similarly, while it looks best on longer, almond-shaped nails, it looks good on all nail lengths and shapes.

Bieber’s manicurist used a professional powder topper in a chrome finish to achieve the iridescent gleam. Indeed, the glazed effect can be achieved by combining several different polishes and/or powders. There are also standalone shades that make it easy to achieve the look with just one bottle for all you lazy people out there (no shame in the minimalist game).

Here are nine of the best nail polishes for achieving glazed donut nails at home.

Expressie FX Iced Out Nail Polish

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Use this holographic, pearl hue alone for a more subdued look. Layer it over any nude polish instead of a top coat for a more dimensional, glazed look. In any case, you’ll appreciate the unique brush’s ability to be angled to make application simple, even with your non-dominant hand.

Nails. INC What the Shell Pearl Effect Nail Polish

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Those who adore the look of a barely-there mani will adore this aptly-named hue, which evokes pearls in the best way possible. Top tip: It also looks great painted on toes.

OPI Nail Lacquer in Chiffon-d of You

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Bieber’s manicurist creates the star’s signature mani with products from this brand’s pro line, but this polish is also an option. It’s a little sparkler than others, with a variety of dimensional nude hues that make it a good choice for those who want their glazed donut nails to stand out.

Nailtopia Plant Based Nail Lacquer in Doing Great Sweetie

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This color has a fairly clear skew, making it a good choice if you want to experiment with a very minimalistic version of the trend. Layer on several coats to intensify the effect, or paint it over a creamy white color. Bonus points for the formula’s inclusion of a plethora of good-for-your-nails ingredients that will help strengthen your tips.

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail Color in Fluer-t

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The original glazed donut effect can lean pink or creamy white; if you prefer the latter, this drugstore polish is a good option. It’s slightly more opaque, but it has that all-important glistening finish. It’s also infused with argan oil, which helps keep nails moisturized.

Orly Polish in Snow Worries

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On the other hand, if you prefer a more pink hue, this peach-y-pink shade is lovely, with just the right amount of silver shimmer. It’s also 12-free, vegan, and cruelty-free, which we appreciate.

Zoya Nail Polish in Leia

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Another iridescent hue, this one’s sheer base makes it extremely versatile. Apply two to three coats on its own, or layer one over your favorite cream nude shade to alter the effect slightly.

Olive and June Nail Lacquer in Pink Goldfish

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This choice is a shimmery, iridescent pale pink that looks great on a variety of skin tones. It also helps that it has an extra high-shine finish, which adds to the gleaming appearance.

Dazzle Dry Nail Lacquer in Mesmerize

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Chocolate glazed donut nails are the ideal autumnal take on the trend, with brown tones rather than white. It can be achieved by layering any of the more sheer, holographic colors on this list over a cream brown, or by using this polish, which has a subtle copper-brown color with multi-tonal shimmer. The formula is specially designed to withstand chips for weeks on end. It also eliminates the need for a base coat, which saves time.

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