The “milk bath” nail trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, and the latest iteration proves it. Say hello to the unofficial shade of summer: “blueberry milk” nails. The manicure was spotted on Zendaya at the Louis Vuitton Menswear 2024 show, and when Zendaya is seen sporting something, you know it’s about to pop up everywhere. The trending shade has already been seen on Dua Lipa and Sofia Richie, and we’re predicting it’ll be a color you ask for at the salon at least once within the coming months.
The new look uses a cloudy-blue color as a base rather than white, which makes it an easy way to incorporate a subtle wash of color into your look. While strawberry-milk nails had their moment earlier this year, as did chocolate-milk nails, this new version might just be our favorite.
Ahead, we chat with two nail artists to answer all of your questions about blueberry-milk nails. Keep scrolling to learn what the trend is, how to achieve it at home, and inspiration photos you can bring with you to your next salon appointment.
What Are Blueberry-Milk Nails?
Blueberry-milk nails feature a light and muted blue base to achieve the look of blueberry milk. “The trend is the newest addition to the milk-bath nail series that has been gaining popularity since the start of spring this year,” Queen Nguyen, an editorial nail artist, tells POPSUGAR.
As for the color, “Blueberry-milk nails have a creamy base with a soft blue hue to the finish,” Nguyen adds. “This particular shade of blue is not a harsh pastel blue, but rather a creamier hue with a cool-tone shift.” The look is either achieved by simply using a pastel blue color or by using a blue base under a semi-sheer white shade, which gives the illusion of milk.
Anastasia Totty, a brand educator at Lechat Nails, loves the color with a short squoval or almond-shaped nails, but ultimately, the choice is entirely up to you.
How to Get Blueberry-Milk Nails
If you’re planning on doing your nails at home, Nguyen stresses the importance of starting with a well-prepped base. The trend is void of nail art or embellishments, so making sure your fingernails look flawless is key. You’ll want to start by pushing back your cuticles and filing your nails into your desired shape.
Then, you’re ready for your base coat. Our current favorite is the Essie Here to Stay Base Coat. From there, you can go one of two routes. The first option is to apply one or two coats of a cool, pastel blue and then seal it with a clear top coat, like the
Both Nguyen and Totty agree that this trend is easy enough to achieve at home since all you need is the right shade of polish. But, if you’re heading to a salon, make sure you arrive with inspiration photos in hand.
Best Blueberry-Milk Nail Polishes
When it comes to picking the right color for blueberry-milk nails, the options are endless. For gel, Totty suggests using the
Otherwise, if you’re looking to use regular polish, Nguyen suggests the
Blueberry-Milk Nails Inspiration
If you’re looking for more inspiration before booking your salon appointment or busting out the nail file, keep scrolling for the best blueberry-milk nail ideas you can easily save on Instagram.