Kaia Gerber's "Milk Bath" Nails are the Perfect Minimal Mani

Subtle and glam.

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The 2023 Oscars were equally about sparkle and natural beauty, with some stars wearing sequin-covered dresses and others arriving in a more natural glam. Kaia Gerber seemed to marry the two trends perfectly at last night's Vanity Fair Oscar after party wearing a dazzling dress and a super approachable "milk bath" manicure.

Gerber’s overall look screamed ‘70s glam as she arrived at the after-party wearing a slinky Celine dress covered in silver sequins. Her dress was old Hollywood—but not in the typical way that comes with a Jessica Rabbit silhouette and luscious waves. Instead, it had a boho shape similar to '70s LA style, with a halter neckline and a peekaboo cut at the bust, along with a lengthy slit that travels up her leg. Her stylist, Danielle Goldberg, accessorized the look minimally while still making it pop with diamond and jade earrings and strappy black sandals.

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Celebrity nail artist and OPI Global Ambassador, Natalie Minerva, created a soft milk bath manicure for Gerber that juxtaposes her otherwise flashy ‘fit perfectly.

“For Kaia, we decided on a ‘milk bath’ manicure to go with her slinky, high-neck silver dress,” says Minerva. “Paying homage to Hollywood starlet style seemed fitting for the event, so we did a classic rounded nail shape in a milky sheer. Understated and clean, sophisticated, and stylish, with a customized color combination just for her.”

Though her overall look at the party seems otherworldly, her manicure is surprisingly easy to copy in a few steps. Minerva says that the first step is to start with clean nails and cuticles that are pushed back, then apply a coat of the OPI Natural Nail Base Coat ($11). After that, apply one coat of OPI Nail Lacquer ($12) in Samoan Sand, following that with a coat of Bubble Bath. Finally, top off the manicure with the OPI Top Coat ($12) for a high-shine finish. It's the perfect manicure to wear whether you're off to an event or just want to hop onto the recent resurgence of delicate manicures (see: the vanilla French mani, the rich girl mani, and the lip gloss mani).

With tousled hair that’s full of volume along with a smokey brown eye and glossy nude lips, Gerber's overall glam is one to turn to when looking to dress like your favorite '70s LA girlie for any occasion.

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