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Hailey Bieber's Glazed Donut Nails: How to Achieve the Sweetest Mani at Home

Written by: Ellie Simmons



Time to read 6 min

Hailey Bieber's signature nails have taken the internet by storm as she continues to be one of our favourite fashion and beauty icons of this year (and next year, and the year after that...).

The TikTok trending 'glazed donut nails' are the sweetest combination of a pretty, nude polish and a sheer, pearlescent topper. 

The look is subtle enough for everyday wear but definitely special enough for a night out or a fancy occasion! 

Plus, you don't need a celeb nail tech to achieve this mani - they're super easy to do yourself at home, with just a few simple steps.

What Exactly are 'Glazed Donut Nails'?

Glazed donut nails were seen on Hailey Bieber at this year's MET Gala

With the theme being 'Gilded Glamour', her nail artist, Zola Ganzorigt, understood the assignment perfectly

This mani adds a sheer and pearlescent glow to your nails with a touch of natural nude colour - almost as if your nails have actually been glazed with sugar or frosting.

It's no surprise to us that these nails have become an instant social media trend and one of the most popular nail looks of the year, considering the entire beauty industry has been all about embracing glowy and dewy natural beauty this year. 

Glazed donut nails and dewy skin are the ultimate power combo!

We love any nail look that can easily be worn from day to night and glazed donut nails do just that. 

They are natural and subtle enough to look perfect with your everyday outfit but also add a touch of elegance to your night looks too. 

We think they look incredible on either long or short nails as well.

How to Achieve Glazed Donut Nails

Unfortunately, we don't all have a professional celebrity nail artist on the other end of the phone when we're in need of a new set of nails.

But luckily for you (and us!) glazed donut nails are easy enough to achieve at home and all it really takes are a few nail products!

Mylee's Step-by-step Guide To Glazed Donut Nails:

Step One

As with any manicure, you should first apply a base coat to your nails (after the usual nail prepping routine) to help the colour gel polish adhere better so that you can savour these sweet glazed nails for as long as possible.

The MyGel Base Coat is our recommended choice for obvious reasons! Apply one layer and cure underneath a UV lamp (for 120 seconds) or a LED lamp (for 30-60 seconds).  

Step Two

Next on the menu: your base colour! 

Once your base coat is cured, you will need to choose and apply your neutral base colour. 

Hailey Bieber’s glazed donut nails were achieved using a sheer milky pink shade, almost identical to our Mylee Strawberry Milkshake Gel Polish, but you could totally opt for a different base depending on your preference for nail colour. 

Go for a sheer white, like Mylee’s Ghosting Gel Polish, if you want a more pearly look overall, or choose a pale nude for a more natural and subtle look (Mylee Cream On Top Gel Polish is the perfect creamy nude for this).

Once you've applied your neutral base colour of choice, make sure to cure the coat with a UV or LED lamp.

Step Three

Now you've got your base colour laid down, it's time to start working on that oh-so-sweet glaze! 

To get the same glossy finish as Hailey Bieber's nails, we recommend using Mylee Sea Shell Gel Polish. This gel polish is a beautiful blend of white, pink and pale purple pearlescent colours that work together to give you a gorgeous sugary glazed finish.

Apply a layer of iridescent nail gel over the top of your neutral colour and as always, cure under a UV or LED lamp.

If you prefer your nails with a little more shimmer and shine, you could sprinkle your glazed donut nails with a layer of glitter gel polish.

Mylee Snow Flakes Gel Polish has a clear base that is scattered with super fine silver glitter – perfect for adding a touch of something special to your mani.

If you want to add to the pearlescent vibe of your nails, then A Pinch Of Salt will do just that, while giving you a shimmering silver shine too.

If you're a lover of pink glazed donuts, Mylee Unicorn Dreams Gel Polish will give your nails a pink, shimmering pearlescent finish -– sweet enough to give you a toothache!

Whatever you go for, don't forget to seal in your mani masterpiece with a layer of MyGel Top Coat to keep your nails chip-resistant for up to 3 weeks!

Any Room for Chocolate?

As if the glazed donut nails trend couldn't get any sweeter, chocolate glazed donut nails have made an entrance, just in time for Autumn!

Hailey Bieber recently debuted her updated nail look on TikTok, and (unsurprisingly) once again gripped everyone's attention.

This version of the glazed donut nails sports a rich, creamy brown in replacement of the nude base colour but still keeps the iconic pearlescent shine. It's so simple, yet so delicious!

It’s the ultimate trendy Autumn nail look and we know we're going to be seeing a lot more of it in the next few months.

To achieve this look at home, simply swap out the base shade you would use to create the original glazed donut nails for a creamy brown shade instead. We recommend using our new Choco-latte Gel Polish.

It’s a gorgeous ashy brown milk chocolate colour that is undeniably perfect for creating chocolate-glazed donut nails.

The rest of the process remains the same as we laid out for the original glazed donut nails. After curing your chocolate base coat with a UV or LED lamp, top it with a coat of pearlescent or shimmery gel polish (or both).

And of course, never forget to seal your nails with a layer of MyGel Top Coat so that your nails stay looking sweeter for longer.

The Takeaway from this Oh-So-Sweet Mani

Glazed donut nails are at the top of our 'favourite trends of 2022' list, and we're pretty sure they will be near the top of yours too. 

They are an easy and fun way to achieve a super sweet celeb-inspired mani from the comfort of your home.

Whether you go for the original glazed donut nails with a nude base or the chocolate glazed donut nails variation with a rich brown base, you're sure to end up with a delicious-looking mani that will have everyone drooling and wanting more!


What is the glazed donut nail trend?

The glazed donut nail trend is a super sweet and simple nail look that was worn by Hailey Bieber at the 2022 MET Gala. The look is achieved by painting your nails with a nude base colour, followed by a layer of pearlescent and/or shimmery gel polish.

How do you do Hailey Bieber glazed donut nails?

To do Hailey Bieber’s iconic glazed donut nails, start by painting your nails with a base coat polish. Cure the polish under a UV (120 seconds) or LED (30-60 seconds) lamp, then apply a layer of nude gel polish colour. Cure once again, and glide a layer of pearlescent gel polish over the top. Cure again under a UV or LED lamp and finish with a layer of MyGel Top Coat.

What colour are glazed donut nails?

Glazed donut nails are usually a light nude or white colour with a pearlescent or shimmery finish. However, chocolate glazed donut nails have become a popular variation of the trend, which uses a rich brown base colour instead.

Is gel nail polish better than regular nail polish?

Gel nail polish is more durable than regular nail polish and can last up to 3 weeks without chipping when cured under a UV or LED lamp. Regular nail polish typically chips after a week of wear. So if you're looking for longevity, then yes - gel nail polish is better in the sense that it provides longer wear time than regular polish.

Ellie Simmons

Ellie is the Brand Manager at Mylee, where she immerses herself in all things gel nails. 

Alongside being a skilled and certified nail technician, Ellie's expertise extends to gel manicures and nail extensions. Her heart and soul are devoted to all things nail-related, and she loves flaunting her own long, natural nails with captivating nail art. 

Ellie's ultimate favourites are iridescent and sparkly designs!

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