Recently, the surest indicator of a manicure going viral is if it has the word ‘milk’ in the name. The new iteration to have on rotation? ‘Coconut milk' nails, a trend we predict will dominate well into autumn. Case in point: Dua Lipa has worked the look with both a dress this summer and a leather jacket.
In the event that you're now tiring of the milk bath manicure, coconut milk nails are a good alternative. They have the ability to look edgy while still appearing chic, and they're trending just in time to inject new life into our waning summer tans.
So what exactly are ‘coconut milk’ nails? Put simply, they're starker than the sheer milky white nails we've seen all over our feeds of late. Like coconut milk itself, the polish is an opaque milky-white hue. And while the colour flashes off your nails, it's glossier than old-school, matte ‘Tipp-Ex’ nails, but it also lacks the pearlescent glimmer of white chrome nails.
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Instead, coconut milk nails hit the sweet spot between a bold lacquer and the type of neutral mani that instantly elongates your fingers and makes the tips look brighter. You don't have to worry about matching your nails to your outfit, either, as white goes with everything and, best of all, each stroke works on every skin tone.
The cherry on top is that coconut milk nails don't require pro level skills or complicated nail art – rather, they can easily be created at home. Two coats of polish finished with a glossy top coat yields a punchy pop of white; mixing the polish and top coat together allows you to choose how opaque you want to go.
Here is some of our favourite coconut milk mani inspiration – plus our edit of the best white polishes so you can get busy recreating the look:
For more from Fiona Embleton, GLAMOUR's Acting Associate Beauty Director, follow her on @fiembleton.