Velvet Nails Are the Holiday Upgrade to Your Glazed Donut Manicure

There’s pink, there’s glitter… and now there are velvet nails. The hottest new nail pattern for the holidays virtually screams fa la la la la. Despite its identify, this manicure really has extra to do with sparkles than the texture of the material. Velvet nails mimic the clean, fuzzy texture of your favourite social gathering costume however with an added contact of molten sparkle. Most takes you may see on the velvet nail pattern are an phantasm created with glowing nail polish and magnets (sure, actually). “The effect is very magical,” says nail artist Hannah Lee

High shine has been having a second since the rise of the very fashionable glazed donut nails pattern, made most well-known by Hailey Bieber. The pearlescent manicure was the “it girl” of nail tendencies that peaked this previous summer season; now, nail artists say velvet manicures are rising as a seasonal tackle the chrome pattern. “I can’t get enough of metallic and chrome nails at the moment so the velvet trend is no exception,” says Lizzy Ridley, proprietor and artist at England-based salon Citre.


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Sometimes it is exhausting to put a time stamp on when a pattern turned a pattern, however on this case, it looks like we’re taking part in catch-up stateside. Celebrity manicurist Steph Stone says she’s been seeing this design on Korean nail salon accounts for a while now. “This past year my Instagram explore page was filled with the most electric and mesmerizing holographic nails that were iridescent in the light,” Stone tells Allure. “I had to get my fingers on a few of these colours so I ordered magnetic polish from Ice Gel based mostly in Korea and have been obsessive about their merchandise ever since,” she says. She initially heard the pattern referred to as “cat eye nails.” 

Curious about how to get the look? Los Angeles-based nail artist Zola Ganzorigt, who works with stars like Hailey Bieber and Sydney Sweeney, not too long ago shared her spin on the velvet nail look on her Instagram. In the video (proven under), Ganzorigt layers OPI’s gel color in Platinum Eclipse from the Velvet assortment (out there in salons) on high of a strong black polish base, then prompts the polish with a magnet which creates the phantasm of a velvet texture that has an ever-so-slight shimmer. 

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