Korean beauty has long been an inspiration for those of us here in the States—and for good reason. With next-level skin care routines (like glass skin and cloudless skin) and stunning nail looks being shared daily, it's no wonder we're over here doing everything we can to recreate the ultra-effective, undeniably-chic beauty trends coming from the East. Most recently, we've become transfixed on glass nails.
Depending on the layout of the makeshift shatter, the end look of glass nails can range from that of an abstract piece of art to an expertly-crafted stain-glass window. Intrigued?
What Are Glass Nails?
Created by Eunkyung Park (the same manicurist who created lipstick nails), glass nails use finely-cut holographic foil to mimic the appearance of shards of glass.
Ahead, we share 17 examples of glass nails, ranging from simple nudes to bold pops of color.
This high-shine mani uses a silver base topped off with holographic silver slivers to create the coveted glass nail appeal. Try it out for yourself with Dashing Diva Shattered Glass glittered gel strips ($7).
We love how the color-changing holographic foil complements the cool-blue base of this glass manicure. Not sure which shade of blue polish will suit you best? We've got you covered.
Since most holographic foil is translucent, the best way to create a darker glass manicure is to start off with a moody black or dark gray base. The effect is magical.
Here we're shown how glass nails and rhinestones can play together for a manicure that's equal parts playful and chic. To get the look, try Windfall 3Pcs Dual-ended Nail Art Crystals ($8) which comes with its own set of tweezers and a rhinestone picker dotting pen.
Talk about a cause for celebration. With its pink glass design combined with colorful confetti art, this mani is a party on your nails. The best part? It's a breeze to DIY.
Choose matching holographic foil and polish for a colorful nail look that changes in the light. We love the light lavender base but you can also opt for a darker shade of violet for added drama.
This golden twist on glass nails reminds us of the Japanese practice of Kintsugi, where cracks in pottery are filled with gold. To complete the look, pair it with assorted yellow gold rings by some of our favorite jewelry brands.
"Shattered Metal and Emeralds"
Nail artist Betina Goldstein elevates #ManiMonday with this inspiring nail design. Green gemstones are reminiscent of emeralds and add a touch of glamour to the shattered metal base.
Instead of letting glass nails be your single statement, break up a full set with a pale pink nail or two for a minimalist pop of color. It's proof that accent nails need not be complicated to make an impact.
Oxblood With Gold Flecks
Red nails are timeless, but this darker oxblood hue—somewhere along the lines of Smith & Cult Nail Polish, $18, in Lover's Creep—adds a modern edge. Opt for a gold foil finish to get the glass shard effect.
Want to go even bolder? Ditch a neutral base in favor of a striking blue. Then apply vivid gel strips for a totally bespoke glass nail design. Talk about eye-catching.
Another monochrome look, this mauve-colored mani is dainty and disco-ready all at the same time. Try OPI Infinite Shine 2 Long-Wear Lacquer ($13) in You Sustain Me to replicate these subtle yet showstopping nails.
Leave it to Eunkyung Park (aka @nail_unistella) to come up with these ocean-inspired lipstick nails. Turquoise, blue, and purple holo top off a clear base for a crystal-like finish that makes the shattered glass design even more magical.
How long do glass nails last?
Depending on whether you use regular polish or gel, your glass nails may last anywhere from one to three weeks.
What types of fake nails are best?
There are a ton of options when it comes to fake nails. Perhaps the most popular choices are gel, acrylic, and press-on, each of which comes with its own set of pros and cons. When deciding which type of artificial nail is best for you, keep in mind that gel extensions feel lighter and are quicker to apply than acrylic (but harder to remove) while press-ons tend to be safest for your natural nails.
Are fiberglass nails better than acrylic?
Compared to acrylic nails which may last anywhere from six to eight weeks (with touch-ups in between), fiberglass nails (aka silk wrap nails) are not as durable. However, they are more natural-looking than acrylic nails.