Jelly Nails Manicure: Fun Facts and 10 Striking Styles to Try
Jul. 28, 2020
Jelly manicures are a type of see-through nail style usually done on artificial tips. We share 10 enticing options to try this trend out.
Also known as glass nails, jelly nail manicures are the nostalgic yet futuristic fad sweeping across social media.
We spill the tea on what this manicure is all about. If you’re eager to try it yourself, we list 10 chic variations to try.
Glass Nails 101: What is a Jelly Nail Manicure?
If this is your first intro to the glass nails trend, here are a few FAQ you may have:
How Are Jelly Nails Done?
A clear tip is affixed to your nail in the color of your choice. This tip can range from clear to nearly opaque, although it should be at least somewhat transparent.
As for the design, use your imagination: you’re working with a blank canvas!
Can You Do Jelly Nails on Natural Nails?
Technically, you can—but you won’t get the same impressive effect. The whole “glass” appearance is thanks to the clear acrylic tip.
How Long Do Jelly Nails Last?
They should last as long as your average acrylic manicure. That means a few weeks before they need touching up, and up to eight weeks before replacements are needed.
10 Awesome Glass Nail Styles to Try in 2020: Funky, Fabulous, and Flirty!
Check out #jellynails and you’ll see just how popular this manicure sensation is. If you’re ready to show off your own glass nails, here are 10 ideas to inspire you:
1. Holographic 90’s
Consider a nostalgic 90’s vibe with holographic glass nails. If you feel like taking it to the next level, add a few glitter stripes for a 3D effect.
2. Gold Flakes
If you want luxurious jelly nails, go for the gold. Make your gold glass nails pop by alternating with solid colors.
3. Candy Colors
These nails in bright candy colors look almost good enough to eat! A subtle glittery shimmer makes this jelly nail style even more attention-grabbing.
4. Bejeweled Beauty
Dazzling nail adornments are an elegant, glitzy touch to a jelly manicure. You don’t need super-long tips for this design, either.
5. Chunky Glitter
Transparent glass nails are an excellent base for glittery bits and pieces. Ideally, you should choose thicker glitter so that the cool clear quality is visible.
6. Spring Flowers
A translucent base decorated with delicate flowers makes for a spring-themed jelly manicure. Pick your favorite foliage in a range of colors and add leafy accents to every other nail.
7. Butterfly Explosion
Do you adore the butterfly aesthetic? Try realistic butterflies on an ethereal blue glitter background. To glam it up, add a touch of nail jewelry.
8. Yellow Points
Embrace yellow jelly nails for a look that will get double-takes. Add delicate designs to the pointed glass tips or keep them plain.
9. Clear Glass
If statement looks aren’t for you, you can opt for subdued glass nails by keeping it clear. Design one or two nails with your favorite stuff (like cute cherries!) to make it unique.
10. Cloudy Marble
Marble works just as well on jelly nails as it does in interior design. Embellish your cloudy marble with discreet accents in earthy tones or a few flecks of glitter.