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Milk Bath Nails Are The Dreamiest Manicure Trend On TikTok

Jennifer Lopez and Kourtney Kardashian are fans.

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The best milk bath nail designs

If you’ve spent any time scrolling through your social media feeds within the last year, chances are you’ve come across milk bath nails. The look, which features a creamy base color is often matched with a floral design and is meant to mimic the spa-like milk baths. Sure, it was popularized on Instagram, but like any good beauty trend, milk bath nails have resurfaced with viral numbers on TikTok and have even been seen on celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Jenifer Lopez.

Currently, the hashtag #milkbathnails has over 3.7 million views and counting, with nail artists and celebrities sharing their interpretations of the trend. The return of this dreamy manicure seems appropriate given spring’s trending nail looks lean into soft-girl colors and glossy nude finishes.

Whether your nail style leans minimalist or maximalist, it’s easy to find a milk bath manicure that fits your preference. Like low-key looks? The sheer, milky polish is a super chic way to elevate your everyday manicure. And for nail art enthusiasts, life-like floral elements can create an artsy design. Ahead, discover 15 of the most swoon-worthy milk bath manicure ideas to update your nail game for the season ahead.

Flecks Of Gold

Milk bath nails don’t always have to include flowers. If you prefer a more abstract design sans floral elements, opt for this look which features flecks of color accented with gold foil.

Pastel Colors

The milk-like finish gives traditional pastel colors a dreamy look for spring. To get the full effect, add a few translucent flowers for a truly unique look.

Simple & Chic

A simple coat of barely-there ballet pink will always look timeless and elegant. But a creamy finish will make the shade feel modern and fresh.

Cherry Blossom

Rosy pink polish topped with green and pink flowers perfectly mimics freshly bloomed cherry blossoms. The spring-ready design looks even better on almond nails, either naturally shaped or enhanced with extensions.

Rainbow Ombré

A short and sweet nail set in this milky pastel ombré is a total dream for any season. Good luck finding an outfit that doesn’t pair perfectly with this design.

Classic White

You can’t go wrong with a classic, sheer white — it’s even one of Jennifer Lopez’s favorite nail looks. This simple and chic manicure seen on the star is by celebrity nail artist Tom Bachik.

Minimal Flowers

Taking inspiration directly from milk bath photoshoots, this manicure embeds real dried flowers d into a milky polish. The result is just as pretty and feminine.


A neutral, milky base is the perfect backdrop for these stunning butterfly designs.

Accent Nail

If you’re not feeling a whole set of milk bath nails, go for a single accent nail on each hand for a more subtle approach. This particular look includes hand-painted flowers for a feminine touch.

Blue Flames

Who said milk bath nails can’t be edgy? This red-outlined blue flame design takes this mani from soft and sweet to fiery and bold.


Milk bath nails don’t just have to be white or neutral. This neon color palette is eye-catching and fun but the ombré design keeps things soft and dreamy.

Gold Embellishments

Nail jewels seem to also be having a moment right now and are a great way to kick a neutral manicure up a notch — or five.


This pink ombré moment is so pretty that you probably won’t be able to stop staring at your own hands.

Autumnal Colors

Bring your milk bath mani into the fall season by incorporating warm neutrals and jewel tones.

With Classic Red

Nothing says “classic” quite like a red manicure. Keep things interesting with a milk bath accent nail featuring a dainty red floral design.

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