The “milk bath” nail trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, and the latest iteration proves it. Say hello to the unofficial shade of summer: “blueberry milk” nails. The manicure was recently spotted on Zendaya at the Louis Vuitton Menswear 2024 show, and when Zendaya sees something sporty, you know it’s popping up everywhere. The trending hue has already been seen on Dua Lipa and Sofia Richie, and we predict it’ll be a color you’ll ask for at least one time at the salon in the coming months.
The new look uses a cloudy blue color as a base instead of white, making it perfect for all your upcoming summer festivities. (Did someone say Fourth of July nails?) While strawberry milk nails had their moment earlier this year, as did chocolate milk nails, this new take might just be our favorite.
Ahead, we talk to Queen Nguyen, Editorial Nail Stylist, and Anastasia Totty, Lechat Nails Brand Educator, to answer any questions you may have about blueberry milk nails. Keep scrolling to see what’s trending, how to achieve it at home, and inspirational photos to take to your next salon appointment.
What Are Blueberry Milk Nails?
Blueberry milk nails have a light and muted blue base to achieve the look of blueberry milk. “The trend is the latest addition to the milk bath nail series that has been gaining popularity since the beginning of spring this year,” Nguyen tells POPSUGAR.
As for the color, “Blueberry milk nails have a creamy base with a soft blue hue to the finish,” adds Nguyen. “This particular shade of blue isn’t a hard pastel blue, but rather a creamier shade with a cool tonal shift.” The look is achieved by simply using a pastel blue color or by using a blue base under a semi-transparent shade of white, which gives the illusion of milk.
Totty likes the color with short squoval or almond shaped nails, but in the end the choice is all yours.
How To Get Blueberry-Milk Nails
If you’re planning to do your nails at home, Nguyen stresses the importance of starting with a well-prepared base. The trend is empty of nail art or embellishments, so it’s important to make sure your fingernails look flawless. You want to start by pushing back your cuticles and filing your nails into the desired shape.
Then you are ready for your base layer. Our current favorite is the Essie Here to Stay Base Coat ($11). From there you can follow one of two routes. The first option is to apply one or two coats of a cool pastel blue, then seal it with a clear top coat, like the Deborah Lippman High and Dry Top Coat ($22). The second option is to apply one coat of blue nail polish and then one coat of milky white nail polish, such as the Zoya Nail Lacquer ($12) in the shade Leia, which is opalescent white.
Both Nguyen and Totty agree that this trend is easy enough to achieve at home, as all you need is the right color of nail polish. But if you’re going to a salon, make sure you arrive with inspiration photos in hand.
Best Blueberry-Milk Nail Polishes
When it comes to choosing the right color for blueberry milk nails, the options are endless. For gel, Totty suggests using the Lechat Perfect Match in T-Bird Blue ($16) as a base coat, then follow up with a sheer off-white or light nude like the Lechat Perfect Match Sheer Bliss ($16).
Otherwise, if you want to use regular nail polish, Nguyen suggests the Mineral Fusion Ice Queen Nail Polish ($10) or Cloud 9 Nail Polish ($10).
Blueberry Milk Nails Inspiration
If you’re looking for more inspiration before booking your salon appointment or busting out the nail file, keep scrolling for the best blueberry milk nail ideas that are easy to save to Instagram.
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