White parties. Crisp, white pants. A fitted white tee. During this sticky, humidity-filled season, wearing white feels clean, chic and fresh. That goes for nails as well. We’ve talked about the white nail trend in the past but this year’s version brings sparkle to the party.
Finding the perfect white nail polish can be hard. They can be too sheer, streaky or chalky. Adding a glittery tip gives white nails a funky edge and keeps the look from feeling too dated or mod.
This week’s People Magazine features top celebrity manicures for summer chosen by nail pros and I’m thrilled to be one of them. Keep reading to see which celebrity’s look I selected and how you can get it yourself!
Hailee Steinfeld’s glittery white nails at the CFDA Awards really stood out to me. They added the right amount of sparkle to her look without overshadowing the bold print of her gown.
Get the Look: Start with an opaque white base. Options include: China Glaze Snow ($5.86), L’Oreal Paris Colour Rich Nail in I Will! ($5.99) and Milani High Speed Fast Dry in White on the Spot ($5.79). For a slightly softer white, look for something with a hint of pearl or shimmer like China Glaze White Ice or Orly Au Champagne.
For the glittery tip, opt for something dense like Essie Beyond Cozy ($8) or more sparse, like Sparitual Illumination ($10). Looking for something chunky? OPI Sparke De Triomphe, OPI Crown Me Already ($9) or Jordana Rhinestones ($2.99) fit the bill. For a more subtle effect, try Orly Winter Wonderland ($5). And if you want to play with the sunlight, check out the holo glitter in Patricia Nail Lacquer Light ($9).
Pairing China Glaze Snow and Essie Beyond Cozy is a pretty close match to Hailee Steinfeld’s nails. Though my bottle has gotten a bit thick, due to air exposure, so it didn’t apply as well as it should.
Applying Sparitual Illumination over Snow using syrup manicure layering focused most of the glitter at my tips.
Orly Winter Wonderland over Milani White On The Spot creates an iced, but not “Bros Icing Bros” iced, effect. The rainbow of light bursts coming from the holo glitter in Light from Patricia Nail Lacquer (created by Celebrity Manicurist Pattie Yankee) will look fantastic at the beach. And the chunky sequins in OPI Spark de Triomphe really pop against the white.
Creme whites too harsh? China Glaze White Ice is easy to apply, has a touch of shimmer and looks simply elegant with Beyond Cozy.
Don’t feel like messing with glitter? Try an all-over sparkle like China Glaze Dandy Lyin’ Around ($5.99).
What’s your favorite way to wear white nails? Do you have a favorite white polish? Which glitters do you think look best over white?
Disclosure: Product samples were provided by reps for China Glaze, Essie, Jordana, L’Oreal, Milani, OPI, Orly, Patricia Nail Lacquer, Sparitual. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.