Lip oil nails are the gleaming, subtle alternative to the 'lip gloss' manicure and we NEED them

Lip oil nails are shining their way to the top of the 2023 nail trends...

woman touching lips with shiny lip gloss, with a shiny pink lip oil nail-like manicure/ in a pink template
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It looks like the lip gloss manicure has some subtle but uber-glossy competition in town—and it's already topping the list of 2023 spring nail trends. Meet lip oil nails...

While glazed donut nails and blush nails are still dominating our TikTok FYPs, there's a new super shiny mani movement brewing and it takes inspo from the web's latest lip obsession.

As the beauty lovers among us will know, lip oils are having a moment right now, with Gisou's famous honey lip oil reaching viral (and sell-out) status once again on TikTok and even Selena Gomez adding a brand new tinted lip oil to her Rare Beauty range. And much like how Hailey Bieber channeled her love for glazed skin into her famous manicure, we're following suit with our favorite lippies.

So, all aboard the lip oil nail train, here's what the nail look entails and how to recreate it at home...

What are lip oil nails?

Think lip gloss nails and translucent jelly nails, but more natural. Lip oil nails, a term seemingly coined by celeb nail artist Harriet Westmoreland, are all about the high shine, like a 'your nails but super shiny' type of vibe—much like what lip oils help us achieve on our lips.

As Mylee's Senior Brand Ambassador, Tinu Bello explains: "Lip oils are trending all over social media, and it's spilling over to nails. This celebrity favorite look replicates the sheen that a lip oil leaves.

"This nail trend mimics the shiny sheen finish of lip gloss applied on bare lips or nude lipstick. It’s all about that glossy topcoat—you want your nails to shine from every angle and sort of look like jelly."

Celebs are already jumping on the trend, with even the chrome-queen, Hailey Bieber sharing her own pink-tinged lip oil nail look to her story, created by celeb nail artist Dawn Sterling.

How to do lip oil nails at home

So, for anyone wanting to recreate this glossy, liquid-like nail look, Bello says nail prep is everything: "To tap into the trend at home, start with nails that are buffed, super clean, and immaculately filed into shape."

Then for the base shades, Bello says, "Choose between a sheer nude, a pearlescent pink, or a bright popping hue."

Then comes the crucial shine-giving step, Bello says: "Lastly, and most importantly, apply a few coats of a glossy topcoat for the ultimate lip oil finish."


Dior Nail Glow

RRP: $30

This Dior polish is designed to give your nails a healthy shine.

When applied, it's described as giving the "pinks of the nails become pinker and the whites become whiter for a shining finish and healthy-glow effect." So, perfect for the lip oil nail trend!


Nails Inc. Glow Naturale Nail Polish Duo

RRP: $15

If you want the lip oil nail look STAT, this Nails Inc. set is perfect!

It comes with a soft, pinky nude tone as well as a shiny, slightly tinted pink top coat.


OPI Nail Polish High Shine Top Coat

RRP: $14.20

If you're after a super glossy, clear top coat this one from OPI is a must.

Simply apply over any of your favorite shades for a gleaming sheen!

Get your nail glow on!

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team, where she covers everything from entertainment to fashion and beauty, as well as TikTok trends for Woman&Home, after previously writing for My Imperfect Life and GoodTo. Interestingly though, Naomi actually has a background in design, having studied illustration at Plymouth University but lept into the media world in 2020, after always having a passion for writing and earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ.

Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.