Out with the old, in with the new: Milky white nails (color of the moment) is invading FYPs everywhere.
This chic aesthetic is meant to appear a little less intense than a bold white, and it's the perfect complement to any outfit. But in order to pull this look off, you're going to need to start with the basics: proper care.
As Beautifect (opens in new tab) founder Tara Lalvani previously told My Imperfect Life: "Keep fingernails dry and clean. Especially with the current climate, it’s important to clean nails regularly, whilst also ensuring they are properly dry before any further nail care to prevent damage."
Once you're ready to get styling, we'll tell you everything you need to know to nail #MilkyNails!
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Milky white nails: color
Curious where to get started with #MilkyNails, one of the trending hashtags on TikTok with over four million views? We're particularly fond of these hues.
Milky white nails: style
While you can wear 'em plain, the #MilkyNails trend is totally flexible. Why not try one of these styles?
1. Reverse French Manicure
When we spoke to the pros about 2022 nail trends, they insisted the French mani would get revitalized with a little pop of color. Start with white as a base coat and add the hue of your choosing for the tips.
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2022 is the year to mix up shapes. Why not find a new one and enhance it with a touch of milky white?
"For a universally flattering nail shape that’s great for both long and short nails, go for 'squoval' a mix of the traditional square and oval nail shapes," Lalvani tells us. "Simply round out the edges of your nails using the Crystal Nail File (opens in new tab) for a sleek, fashionable looking manicure."
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3. Small prints
Add a little touch with cute shapes, florals and so on. (Of course, starting with a white base.)
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4. Marble style
For the truly adventurous who want to up the reverse French mani trend, add a marble aesthetic with your white base.
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5. Statement nail
Make an oh-so-subtle statement by painting one nail a different color when attempting your milky white mani.
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Nothing beats a simple approach, right? It's an oldie but a goodie.
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For more fun ways to spice up your mani, check out what the beauty professionals have predicted for 2022 nail trends. We'll see you at the salon.
Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment.
The heart of her time at Future has been devoted to My Imperfect Life, where she's been attuned to the cosmos and honed in on astrology coverage within the Life vertical. She's partial to writing pieces about the next big TV obsession—anyone else impatiently waiting for "Conversations with Friends"—and keeping you up to date on new trends like the latest must-have from Zara.
Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, amNewYork and Newsday, among other outlets.
When Danielle is not working, you can usually find her reading a new book, coffee at hand, or attempting a new recipe. (Recommendations always welcome!)